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Doctor insights on: How To Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda And Peroxide To Kill Cavities

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Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Is it okay to brush my teeth with baking soda and peroxide (brown bottle)?

Is it okay to brush my teeth with baking soda and peroxide (brown bottle)?

No: It's a matter of regulation. Best to use baking soda in recipes, peroxide to clean traumatic lesions. Use products specifically tested for intro-oral use (look for the ada seal of approval on the package. Baking soda can be too abrasive. Peroxide can be too strong.

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Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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I brushed my teeth with baking soda n peroxide and I ended up with white spots on my gums now im concerned I might have been poisoned by peroxide??

I brushed my teeth with baking soda n peroxide and I ended up with white spots on my gums now im concerned I might have been poisoned by peroxide??

Peroxide burn: It's only temporary over-oxidation\burning\dehydration of the tissue. It will return to normal within a day or so. Speak to your dentist about how to accomplish proper oral hygiene and have clean healthy white teeth.

Dr. Scott Terry Dr. Terry
Dentistry
25 years in practice
Indiana University School of Dentistry
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I brushed my teeth with peroxide and baking soda...when I was done there was white spots on my gums. It's a day later and my gums are bleeding little?

I brushed my teeth with peroxide and baking soda...when I was done there was white spots on my gums. It's a day later and my gums are bleeding little?

Peroxide is Strong!: The peroxide probably bleached the pigment and then burned your gums. When we use peroxide in the mouth, we custom make trays to hold the material on the teeth, but away from the gums. I feel that hydrogen peroxide should be dilute 50/50 when used as a rinse. Do yourself a favor and buy toothpaste that has these ingredients in the paste. Baking soda is too abrasive to be used directly.

Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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Otc teeth whitening gels are painful. Can I brush my sensitive teeth with just straight baking soda and hydrogen peroxide?

Otc teeth whitening gels are painful. Can I brush my sensitive teeth with just straight baking soda and hydrogen peroxide?

Need guidance: You need professional guidance. First must determine reason for sensitivity and have addressed. Then follow your dentist's tooth whitening recommendations. Otc products are less effective than in-office guided therapies, and in the long run about the same cost.

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis Dr. Davantzis
Dentistry
36 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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What do you advise if I was wondering if brushing with baking soda or swishing hydrogen peroxide around in my mouth will whiten my teeth?

What do you advise if I was wondering if brushing with baking soda or swishing hydrogen peroxide around in my mouth will whiten my teeth?

Advice: Get your teeth professionally cleaned first, then use whitening products specifically formulated to whiten your teeth. The items you mentioned will not effectively whiten you teeth, but actually damage your enamel and soft tissues.

Dr. Rahim Bhanji Dr. Bhanji
Dentistry
20 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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How long will it take for cavities to develop if you don't brush your teeth?

How long will it take for cavities to develop if you don't brush your teeth?

Depends: People develop decay at different rates. If you bathe your teeth in sugar all day you will most likely develop cavities sooner than someone who doesn't. The bigger concern is losing your teeth over time due to periodontal disease and bone loss. Brushing and flossing is essential to good dental health.

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt Dr. Bobbitt
Dentistry
28 years in practice
University of Connecticut Health Center School of Dental Medicine
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If you have a cavity and brush your teeth regularly 3+ times a day, is it possible for the cavity to dissapear on its own?

If you have a cavity and brush your teeth regularly 3+ times a day, is it possible for the cavity to dissapear on its own?

Old Wive's Tale: Brushing the teeth does not prevent tooth decay--it's an old myth we were told as kids to get us to brush our teeth. Brushing and flossing help to prevent gum disease. Tooth decay is caused primarily by sugar and acid in the diet, acid from the gut, or a combination of factors including genetic predisposition. It must be prevented. Once present, it must be treated. Prevention can't treat infection.

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Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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Would I get tooth decay or cavities if I don't brush my teeth?

Would I get tooth decay or cavities if I don't brush my teeth?

Yes: And periodontal (gum) disease as well over time. I wonder what you breath smells like.

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Dr. John Rohm Dr. Rohm
Dentistry - Cosmetic
29 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Had 2 upper upper molar cavities filled 4 days ago. Ever since all of my upper teeth kill when drinking anything slightly cold or warm! Normal?

Had 2 upper upper molar cavities filled 4 days ago. Ever since all of my upper teeth kill when drinking anything slightly cold or warm! Normal?

Pain after fillings: There is generally sensitivity for a day or so after fillings. If the teeth that were worked on ore extremely sensitive then the bite may need adjusted. If the cavities were very close to the nerve, it could mean that the nerve was affected by the decay and then the fillings aggravated this. Which could mean some additional conditions. Not usually all of your teeth though, get checked at the offic.

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Dr. Michael Farr Dr. Farr
Dentistry
years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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Brushed teeth and spitting blood that's not from gums. Does this mean a cavity?

Brushed teeth and spitting blood that's not from gums. Does this mean a cavity?

No: How do you know the blood is not from the gums? Teeth don't usually bleed unless a big piece of a tooth comes out and the nerve is exposed. But that is rare and most people do have gingivitis, so ot's more likely to be from the gums. Unless you have stomach issues. That could also be a cause. Get evaluated by a dentist to determine the source.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I brush my teeth twice daily so why do I get cavities?

One common: Place for cavities is between teeth. Do you floss your teeth?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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My three year old has a small cavity in his molar. Brushes teeth regularly. What would cause this?

Regardless of cause: Untreated tooth decay in the primary teeth will increase the probability of problems in the permanent dentition. See a pedodontist for consultation and parents education session. Do not delay.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Hi doctors, my dad doesn't brush his teeth yet never seems to get cavities. Why is that?

Hi doctors, my dad doesn't brush his teeth yet never seems to get cavities. Why is that?

Not seeming to: Get cavities is not the same thing as not getting cavities. Sometimes cavities are not readily apparent. Trust me, those who don't take care of their teeth usually end up paying the piper.

Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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Need some dental expertise! I brush my teeth twice a day, and I even use mouthwash, so why do I have cavities?

Need some dental expertise! I brush my teeth twice a day, and I even use mouthwash, so why do I have cavities?

Cavities: Preventing cavities requires proper brushing and flossing after meals as well as avoiding foods that are sticky, starchy and have high concentrations of acids and unrefined sugars. Other factors such as GI problems, food impaction, etc. May play a role as well. If you want to find out how to prevent getting cavities, see a dentist who can evaluate your particular situation and causes.

Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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1 tooth w/small indent (not cavity) use to hurt now all hurt for over a yr. My new wisdoms are already browning & I brush. Teeth keep getting worse.

1 tooth w/small indent (not cavity) use to hurt now all hurt for over a yr. My new wisdoms are already browning & I brush. Teeth keep getting worse.

Comprehensive exam: Nothing that we can tell you on this website nor anything that you can do at home will resolve your dental issues. You need to actually see a dentist who can give you a comprehensive exam, discuss your problems and offer you treatment options. The sooner you see a dentist, the better you will feel and the healthier you and your teeth will be. Call for an appointment today. Feel better.

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Dr. Stephen Enriquez Dr. Enriquez
Addiction Medicine
29 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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I don't brush my teeth enough I have cavities and now the inside of my tooth is black and won't go away how do I fix this without going to the dentist?

You cant: Once you have cavities, they only get worse unless you seek professional care. Seek treatment as soon as possible before your situation gets worse.

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman Dr. Freedman
Dentistry
39 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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How much contribution does this have on formation of cavities? : not brushing teeth one night after drinking coke

How much contribution does this have on formation of cavities? : not brushing teeth one night after drinking coke

Hard to quantify: You've asked a difficult question to answer. If this was the only time and you are rigorous about your oral hygiene under normal circumstances, than the additional risk was minute. If on the other hand this is a repeated pattern, than you're at a higher degree of risk. Regardless, it sounds like you already know the appropriate behavior! Be tough and stick with the program!

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Dr. John Thaler Dr. Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
37 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Lahore Medical and Dental College
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I haven't been able to brush my teeth for a week because I went camping and lost my toothbrush. Could I have a cavity?

I haven't been able to brush my teeth for a week because I went camping and lost my toothbrush. Could I have a cavity?

Likely not: Just 1 week without brushing will not usually put you at risk for a cavity, unless one was ready to happen. Your tissues might be more inflamed than usual and bleed for a few days until you get back on track. If worried, see the dentist, but not likely a problem.

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Dentistry
47 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
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My 8 year old daughter had eight cavities today at the dentist and she has been brushing her teeth. No sign of pain whatsoever?

My 8 year old daughter had eight cavities today at the dentist and she has been brushing her teeth. No sign of pain whatsoever?

Eight cavities: No pain does not mean no cavities. Brushing needs to one part of oral hygiene, to include flossing (where are the cavities...if you don't floss you will get cavities between the teeth), and proper diet. Talk to your dentist and dental hygienist about proper brushing and flossing.

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Dr. Gary Sandler Dr. Sandler
Dentistry
50 years in practice
New York University College of Dentistry
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Could you get cavities by not brushing your teeth for a month?

Early lesions: Cavities form from acids produced by bacteria that utilize food which produce a plaque that sticks to the teeth. This process starts soon after eating or drinking. The more time the acids are in contact with tooth structure, the more the destruction. Foods such as refined sticky sugars will do much more damage in that time than fresh fruits and vegetables.

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