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how good is hydrogen peroxide for rinsing mouth? what if it mixed with listerine? i use h202 once a month.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Hydrogen : Hydrogen peroxide helps in reducing bacterial levels around the gumline. By releasing oxygen, it kills anerobic bacteria and also helps flush out debris. I would not mix it with listerine. Use the listerine separately, on a different day. Hope this info helps.
Answered on Apr 1, 2020
Dr. Zev Kaufman
26 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
The : The standard answer applies here: do not reinvent the wheel. Dental companies spend an enormous amount of resources researching which mouthwash works. Listerine and other ada accepted mouth rinses work. Generally peroxide is not considered a mouth rinse. What keeps your mouth cleaner is the actual action of brushing and flossing your teeth. The effects of oral rinse are minor. Concentrate on brushing and flossing. It is start more important than the marginal effects of rinsing.
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
Dr. Jean Edderai
34 years experience Dentistry
Hydrogen : Hydrogen peroxide used once a month will not maintain the desired level of bacteria in your mouth, rinses with peroxide was used to help soldiers under extreme conditions, there is a condition called "trench mouth" which is an acute ulcerative necrotizing gingivitis caused by the lack of proper care during war time, then the rinses with peroxide was indicated. There are a vast array of oral rinse in the market, i personally don't like the ones containing alcohol. If rapid reproduction of bacteria is your problem, you should maintain the levels of acidity very low (high ph) with tooth pastes containing baking soda. I hope this illustration helped you understanding the effects of using home made medications. Good luck!
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
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Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Do not use: Hydrogen peroxide is very toxic and not meant to be used in this way. Brushing and flossing is main defense against gum disease. Using an antiseptic mouthwash may add a small benefit but doesn't take place of brushing and flossing.
Answered on Dec 13, 2018
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Not recommended: Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use topically for your teeth. However, do not use hydrogen peroxide as a regular part of an oral care routine.
Answered on Dec 13, 2018

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