Peroxide for Mouthwash is Harmful to the Teeth

kind2creatures

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I was using Hydrogen Peroxide for a short time years ago as a mouthwash as an alternative to the over the counter alcohol mouthwashes.

The natural mouthwashes like Tea Tree didn't work well for me, and my gums were getting worse. But I ended up going back to using Listerine as recommended by my dentist to slow down gum recession.

More info here on Peroxide and teeth. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/hydrogen-peroxide-mouthwash-harmful-teeth

Is Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash Harmful for Teeth?


Posted on:
Sunday, January 5th 2014 at 9:30 am
Written By:
Eleni Roumeliotou


Hydrogen peroxide is praised for its antiseptic and healing properties. In fact, there is a new urban myth proclaiming that hydrogen peroxide is universally beneficial for all the body organs and tissues.


Regarding dental health, this couldn't be further from the truth as evidence shows that hydrogen peroxide is actually toxic for the cells in the inner part of the teeth, also known as the dental pulp.


Without a doubt, hydrogen peroxide does a really good job at bleaching and disinfecting teeth; hydrogen peroxide- based bleaching gels are essential for dentists and there is solid evidence demonstrating the efficacy of these protocols. On the other hand, there is a lot of uncontrolled information and advice, recommending hydrogen peroxide as an ideal everyday mouthwash.



Taking into account that over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide concentrations can be as high as the formulas used by dentists in bleaching sessions (20-30%) and the growing popularity of hydrogen peroxide as an alternative therapy, the danger of potential long-term teeth damage by using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide as a casual mouthwash are unknown, underestimated and largely under-discussed.
 

jfh

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Me too. Used peroxide for a while. Then I went back to the alcohol based products.

But now, I'm using aloe vera. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/aloe-vera-mouthwash-fights-plaque-and-periodontal-disease The same here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24603910

I use a product called "Natural Dentist". I can't tell you how well it works yet. Next dentist appointment in April. This mouthwash can be found at WalMart, Walgreens, etc.

Or make your own Mouthwash: If drinking aloe vera juice, you can simply swish it around in your mouth for a while to benefit gums. You can also make a homemade aloe mouthwash by mixing 1 cup aloe vera juice, ½ cup distilled water, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil.
 

kind2creatures

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Thanks Jfh, I take coconut oil every day and do swish it frequently, also Lily of the Desert Aloe Juice, I drink some daily for benefits to the esophagus and other things, also swish with that.
 

pinballdoctor

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You could use hydrogen peroxide on a temporary basis, however for long term use I would suggest either colloidal silver and/or distilled water with a few drops of oil of oregano.
 

Ajax

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Hydrogen peroxide is hard on your gums and can irritate sores and cankers. The same is true for fluoride and the dirty secret about fluoride that they don't want you to know is that it dulls your teeth and you can never have really white teeth if you use fluoride toothpastes or mouthwashes. The best mouthwash according to dentists is Biotene, but it contains some chemicals to improve shelf life. You can make a great mouthwash at home using half RO or bottled water, then half aloe vera and then add a few spoonfuls of xylitol. Xylitol hardens the enamel like fluoride and has the unique property of killing bad bacteria while leaving good bacteria alone. The aloe vera sooths the gums and the combination helps restore the natural PH balance of your mouth.
 

jfh

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k2c, at least listerine does have healthy stuff, except maybe the ethanol. The active ingredients listed on Listerine bottles are essential oils which are menthol (mint) 0.042%, thymol (thyme) 0.064%, methyl salicylate (wintergreen) 0.06%, and eucalyptol (eucalyptus) 0.092%.

We've posted the healing benefits of thyme several times.
 

kind2creatures

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I've been eating a lot of Wint O Green lifesavers lately, wonder if they're harming or helping my teeth and gums. :)
 

jfh

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I've been eating a lot of Wint O Green lifesavers lately, wonder if they're harming or helping my teeth and gums. :)
There's nothing in them that would help any part of you, other than breath odor. I personally would avoid them due to the corn syrup. I'm having enough trouble getting rid of belly fat, and corn syrup of any amount would be detrimental. They don't say what the other sugar is.

Actually, 2 pieces would be about my limit for sugar per day. About 7 grams.
 

kind2creatures

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Thanks Jfh, I haven't really looked at the ingredients, but from all you say I won't be buying anymore. When I was at work I chewed sugarless gum and always had some kind of mint in my pocket. Since I retired I stopped that habit, but recently desired the wintergreen flavor. My husband hates the smell of that mint.
 

jfh

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k2c, next time you are at Natural Grocers Country Cottage, check out Spry Gum and Mints. They are made with xylitol. Very healthy for teeth and are known to stop the tartar cycle.
 

kind2creatures

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I'll try the mints, thanks. I already tried the gum, tastes horrible IMO, and hard as a rock.
 

jaminhealth

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I have been swishing small amounts of H2O2 every night before I go to sleep. I just feel a protection about doing this. I've used some Spry products but not right now.
 


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