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Best Teeth Whitener – Does Hydrogen Peroxide Whiten Teeth?

Posted on October 30th, 2010 by walle in Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening | 0 comments
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It doesn’t take long before those pearly whites begin to take on a yellowish color. It happens to the of us, whether it’s from smoking, drinking coffee or simply from getting older.

Because shiny white are the key to a happy and confident smile, many people consider having their whitened. After all, there are dozens of over-the-counter whitening products, as well as in-office whitening procedures. What many people do not know is that whitening your can be done for virtually no cost by using .

“…Hydrogen peroxide is so common that it can be found in just about anybody’s medicine cabinet. It’s a mild acid solution and is found in toothpastes and mouthwashes. It’s this simple ingredient that often sets apart regular toothpastes from the pricier whitening toothpastes. But does hydrogen peroxide really teeth?…”

In short, yes, hydrogen peroxide does whiten teeth. It is used to bleach or strip the stain off of something, so it works by doing the same to teeth. Over time as the teeth are exposed to such factors as foods, drinks and smoking, a layer that is yellow or brown in color begins to form over the teeth. What hydrogen peroxide does is bleach this layer, making the teeth appear whiter and brighter.

Using hydrogen peroxide is considered safe by the American Dental Association, although it‘s important not to ingest it. One of the most popular ways to whiten your teeth is by dropping a few teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide into baking soda. When a toothpaste-texture has been achieved, you can begin brushing your teeth with the mixture. Be sure to leave it on for two minutes, rinse thoroughly and do not swallow! For a better taste, add a bit of mint flavoring. For more pronounced effects, you can choose to rinse your mouth after brushing with a 3% hydrogen peroxide.

There are a few things to keep in mind, however. Because hydrogen peroxide only bleaches the teeth, it does not actually eliminate the layer of film that has developed over the enamel. Also, if there is any type of excessive staining on the teeth, hydrogen peroxide will have a lesser effect, if at all.

“…As with using any type of product, there are some side effects that can occur from using hydrogen peroxide, especially if used on a long-term basis. Some patients have reported sensitivity to their gums, as well as discoloration to the tongue and mouth…” R. Nyleve added.

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