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Does Hydrogen Peroxide Damage Tooth Enamel
Sensitivity: Using hydrogen peroxide in you mouth will have limited effect on the enamel of teeth. It has been used for bleaching and treating gum disease for years. The stronger the peroxide used, the more likely it would cause a chemical burn on gingiva. The teeth would become sensitive, can ache. Enamel damage no. ...Read more
H2O2& teeth enamel: Yes it will.Get a more detailed answer ›
Tooth whitening...: Bleaching methods use carbamide peroxide which reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide is an oxidizing agent and penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and bleaches the tooth. The 3% hydrogen peroxide that you can buy in pharmacies will have little if any affect, especially when compared to professional whitening techniques. ...Read more
You can use it
but a better choice is very warm water
with a little table salt in it
peroxide on an open wound can burn
the healing tissues
go with the hot saline 4x a day and be safer. ...Read more
Can OTC whitening mouthwashes/rinses that contain hydrogen peroxide (such as Crest, Colgate, etc.) cause tooth sensitivity with regular use?
Yes: Yes, especially if you have been using whitening toothpastes. Talk to your Dentist about alternatives ...Read more
Yes: Use a little hydrogen peroxide and dilute the slurry with water. ...Read more
Not a fan: I am not a big fan of peroxide use as an oral rinse. I prefer warm salt water rinses. What did your dentist recommend. Make sure you always dilute peroxide 50/50, if you rinse with it. Undiluted, it is too strong. ...Read more
Is it safe to swish around diluted hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth? How about if I had a tooth extraction 2 weeks ago? Thank you!
It's safe: However, diluted hydrogen peroxide won't do much to whiten teeth. You might want to get bleaching trays made and use bleaching gel. ...Read more
Probably not...: Peroxide has been safely used in tooth bleaching products for many years. However, don't forget, hydrogen peroxide is very reactive and should only be used for very limited usage in the mouth. Daily application in the mouth is probably not a good idea. ...Read more
Hydrogen peroxide: Mixed with water can be an effectively mouth rinse though not very pleasant tasting. Hydrogen peroxide formulations ure used to whiten teeth as are carbamide peroxide whitening agents. If interested in whitening, consult with your dentist got the best treatment option. Hope this helps. ...Read more
So-so: Hydrogen peroxide that you buy in the store is mildly effective for whitening teeth: you need to put it in a close fitting tray that fits intimately with your teeth and you would need to replenish the solution every 20 minutes to see results. Dentists supplied whitening products are at a higher concentration, less runny and more effective. ...Read more
Not in moderation: Hydrogen peroxide (10%-35%) is the primary ingredient in whitening or bleaching gels. Carbamide peroxide is another. Whitening systems work on teeth by penetrating into the dentinal tubules of stained teeth. Sensitivity can occur over time and usage, both in the gums and teeth. The sensitivity will diminish when bleaching stops. But it is otherwise- safe for the teeth. ...Read more
Hydrogen peroxide: That depends upon the concentration and the length of time in contact with the teeth. It might also burn or irritate the adjacent gums. Don't try internet or your own concoctions. See a dentist for advice on whatever you are trying to accomplish. Tooth whitening? We have must more efficient and safer methods and can monitor the process. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Yes, but in higher concentrations than is usually available over the counter. For example, most hydrogen peroxide available in the store is around 3% (or 4), the strength needed to effect bleaching on the top layer of the enamel (about 75 angstrom, very thin) is more on the order of 20 to 30%. This concentration can be very caustic to the soft tissue, and is not readily available to the consumer. ...Read more
Yes, but....: The 3% hydrogen peroxide that you can buy in stores will have no effect on whitening teeth. First the concentration is too low &secondly it cannot be in contact with the teeth long enough to be effective. Hydrogen peroxide in one form or another in higher concentrations in professionally fabricated delivery systems do work. Speak to your own dentist about your options that are both safe\effective. ...Read more
Yes, but diluted: Safe to use 3% (over the counter) hydrogen peroxide + 2 parts water. Use twice daily after brushing every day for whiter teeth (in about 4-6 weeks) and healthier gums! ...Read more
Yes and no:
If you are using a dentist supplied hydrogen or carbomide peroxide gel then it is safe, if used as directed.
If you try hydrogen peroxide liquid solution from the grocery store, then no, it will not remain on your tooth long enough time to be effective, and you could irritate your gums and swallow it, irritating your throat. ...Read more
Yes and no: A slurry of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda brushed an the teeth twice daily can lighten your teeth superficially and help to remove surface staining. But don't expect a dramatic change. If you want that hollywood white smile you can't go wtong with professional whitening from a dentists office. Make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to getting this done. ...Read more
Only if....: Only if it is a specific dental hydrogen peroxide gel dispensed by a dentist. This gel is placed into precisely fitting soft rubber trays that the dentist will have you wear for a specific length of time. Store bought hydrogen peroxide liquid is useless if trying to whiten your teeth. See your dentist to discuss teeth whitening. ...Read more
Baking Soda, H2O2: I don't necessarily advocate this although I an aware that this has been around for a long time and some dentists do recommend it. In my opinion, I would ask the general dentist or periodontist who you use and can evaluate the health of your gums advise you. ...Read more
Yes: Whitening products designed specifically for whitening the teeth will do the trick. Hydrogen peroxide doesn't actually whiten your teeth. It may take care of some superficial stains, but it is not strong enough and is not in contact with your teeth long enough to be effective on internal stains. ...Read more
No fixed answer: Sadly -- the agents (hydrogen, carbamide and urea) peroxide are the different formulations of whitening chemistries available. Depends on the concentration of the agents, the tooth / teeth being whitened etc. Determines how and when the whitening will occur. In take home kits its gradual and additive when done on consecutive days / nights. In office systems can be in about an hour. ...Read more
In what form?: All whitening strips and gels use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in different concentrations. They are generally safe because the company formulates the gel with approved methods, and your dentist creates a custom tray to protect your teeth. I do not recommend trying peroxide straight out the bottle as a home whitening remedy. ...Read more
Probably: Most often it is used as a dilute solution rather than full strength. Good oral hygiene including twice daily brushing with good technique and daily flossing should do it for you. If you have periodontal disease you should ask your dentist for specific recommendations on rinses and washes to help. ...Read more
Why bother?: Commercially available h2o2 is 3% solution--approximately the same effective ingredient as 10% carbamide peroxide--the whitener we dentists prescribe for patients. Difference is the gel we use is in a glycerin, non-dehydrating base that is concentrated onto the teeth (only) for 2-8 hours. Your 3% h2o2 solution swished around your mouth for a minute or so will not help whiten. ...Read more
Probably OK: The diluted hp may bleach the teeth to a small extent and with prolonged usage may cause changes to the mucosa soft tissues, . ...Read more
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