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Peroxide Teeth Whitening and Dental Bacteria

Hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening can be a true harmless and widespread do-it-yourself solution for whitening teeth. The two main aspects to whitening teeth, is getting rid of intrinsic (deep stains in the inner layer of one’s teeth) and extrinsic (surface stains on the outer layer of the teeth). Peroxide concentrates on both kinds of stains; it loosens bacteria on the surface and bleaches the deep intrinsic stains. But the big question is can it harm your teeth?

Peroxide is considered safe to use by the ADA (American Dental Association) and is used in most effective teeth whitening systems. However people often say that hydrogen peroxide stains teeth, and it can, if used in high concentrations. In nearly every store that sells this compound, the solutions usually containing 3-10% peroxide. These types are safe for daily use and will not stain teeth.

When looking for the correct solution of hydrogen peroxide 3% is perfect. Stay away from any solutions over 10% as it is too harsh for your teeth. The use of highly concentrated peroxide can dissolve the calcium found in the tooth enamel. People with cavity fillings or dental cements should stay away from the use of these solutions, as it can certainly cause these materials to diminish, erode, and affect the integrity of the tooth.

The main reasons people use hydrogen peroxide in dental procedures is due to its amazing effects on dental bacteria. Dental bacteria are classified as the root to just about every dental problem. These problems mostly arise from the food that we eat. Dental bacteria can affect the tooth’s enamel by releasing acids that will create holes inside the enamel. As holes are produced the acid continues eroding the teeth causing the holes to develop deeper. The plaque left by foods shield the bacteria that hydrogen peroxide kills; in order to reach these bacteria one must brush before rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. And most of important of all never swallow this antiseptic!

Dental bacteria can also attack your gums causing them to inflame and could lead to gingivitis. Gingivitis has many negative effects such as swollen pink gums, bleeding gums, separating between gums and teeth, and the loss of teeth. Proper use of hydrogen peroxide can halt these diseases before they spread and become more severe.

Please remember that hydrogen peroxide should be used as a maintenance tool to up keep a healthy and white smile. Brush daily and floss daily, and have fun improving your smile!

– First soak toothbrush in peroxide to clean brush

– Rinse mouth out with water to clear dental particles

– Brush teeth as normal with tooth paste

– Rinse mouth for 30 seconds to 1 minute with hydrogen peroxide

– Rinse mouth out with water

– Repeat twice daily

As with any do-it-yourself teeth whitening solution results will vary. Always consult a dental professional if in doubt about using these solutions to whiten your teeth.



Source by Hunter R Jones

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