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A 39-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to use clorox to brush your teeth

11 doctor answers21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Tsoucaris
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: Chlorox is poisin.
Dr. Keith Hasday
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: Chlorox is toxic to your cells and your tissue. You can severely burn your mouth and create damage of your intramural tissues. It is also toxic when swallowed. Toothbrushing is best accomplished with a soft toothbrush and a Fluoride containing toothpaste. Look for the seal of the american dental association when purchasing these products.
Dr. Jared Dastrup
Dentistry 19 years experience
No: Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) has a very high ph and dissolves organic material. Not only is it hard on teeth, but will damage the soft tissues of the mouth.
Dentistry 39 years experience
Absolutely not: Clorox or industrial bleach is not safe for use in the mouth. Please use a good tooth paste with correct brushing technique, followed by flossing.You may also use mouth wash recommended by your dentist based on your dental condition and needs. Dr.Rakshak.
Dr. Krista Farr
Dentistry 17 years experience
Absolutely not!: Try using a whitening toothpaste or see your dentist for other whitening options.
Dr. Aaron Smith
Dentistry 23 years experience
NO!!!: I am assuming you mean non-diluted chlorox, which is never acceptable. Sodium hypochlorite, the active ingredient in chlorox, is very toxic and very damaging to skin and cells. It is never intended for consumption or oral use. Despite the fact that it is a great bacteria killer, there is no advantage of using it to brush your teeth over otc products which are intended for oral use.
Dr. Jean Edderai
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Cloro Toxic chemical: Clorox is a toxic chemical with thousands of uses but never to be used for brushing humann teeth, why would you use it? Is it because you have a periodontal infection, and you are self medicating yourself? Please change immediately to a regular tooth paste available for humans and you should consider visiting a dentist for evaluation of your teeth and gums. Good luck!
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 13 years experience
Not recommended: Clorox is a good disinfectant and has many uses even in dentistry but it is not necessary to apply any amount of it to your tooth brush. It can be toxic to oral tissues as well. Normal daily brushing and flossing and regular check ups are enough to maintain healthy tissues. If it is staining issues that you are concerned about then you can look for polishing and/or bleaching procedures.
Dr. Christian Johnson
Dentistry 25 years experience
No: It is not at all safe to brush your teeth with bleach, and there is no benefit to it either. Teeth "bleaching" is a completely different chemical compound than clorox bleach.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
No: Clorox would not be safe to use as a tooth brushing agent.
Dr. Jerrold Goldsmith
Dentistry 52 years experience
No...: No. Clorox is too caustic to be used undiluted in the mouth. I would find substitues even if diluted.
Last updated Sep 9, 2019
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