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I have periodontal gum disease and I just tried rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Right after my gums and teeth hurt a lot and are sensitive.

I have periodontal gum disease and I just tried rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Right after my gums and teeth hurt a lot and are sensitive.

So much: So much for home remedies. Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide will not cure your infected gums. Please see your Dentist, or preferably a Periodontist (gum/bone specialist) for appropriate and effective care. ...Read more

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Dr. John Francis
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Gingivitis (Definition)

Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more


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How effective is hydrogen peroxide (Periogel) for treating gingivitis?

How effective is hydrogen peroxide (Periogel) for treating gingivitis?

Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is an adjunct and can be helpful although professional dental treatment along with proper tooth brushing and flossing is really the key! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide for gingivitis treatment?

Is it safe to use hydrogen peroxide for gingivitis treatment?

Yes but unecessary: Hydrogen peroxide treatment was made popular by paul keyes in the 1980's in treatment of gum disease. It is only effective in gingivitis but not periodontitis, as proven by the american academy of periodontology. However, with good oral hygiene of brushing and flossing and a regular periodic cleaning at your dentist/hygienist, gingivitis should be easily controlled. ...Read more

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Was gargling with 3% hydrogen peroxide for a cut in my gums and swallowed a little. is this dangerous?

Was gargling with 3% hydrogen peroxide for a cut in my gums and swallowed a little. is this dangerous?

Not particularly: As long as it was just a little. Hydrogen peroxide is water (H2O) with an extra oxygen atom added (H2O2) so its not like you've ingested poison. ...Read more

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What to do because my gums hurt really bad especially on my bottom. So if I use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will that help like use it every other day?

Hard to say...: Don't know why your gums are hurting. That needs to be determined first. Gum pain can often be attributed to periodontitis, and if that is the case in your mouth, you need to see a dentist for treatment. ...Read more

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Will the white spots go away after using hydrogen peroxide for a rinse and can it damage your gums ?

Will the white spots go away after using hydrogen peroxide for a rinse and can it damage your gums ?

Not recommended: You should never rinse with hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth or remove white spots. You may damage your gums or soft tissue. ...Read more

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Is hydrogen peroxide too hard on the gums and accelerate teeth recession?

Is hydrogen peroxide too hard on the gums and accelerate teeth recession?

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

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Is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide used as whitener unhealthy for teeth and gums?

Is baking soda and hydrogen peroxide used as whitener unhealthy for teeth and gums?

Not necessarily: Baking soda, if brushed/rubbed on the teeth can be too abrasive and hurt the enamel. Additionally, it probably wont be as effective as whitening your teeth at your dentist's office. ...Read more

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Why do I get white spots on my gums after rinsing my mouth with hydrogen peroxide?

Why do I get white spots on my gums after rinsing my mouth with hydrogen peroxide?

Tissue damage: Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful oxidizer. The bubbling that you see is form the breakdown into oxygen and water. This can kill bacteria in your mouth but it can also kill normal cells. The white spots that you see in your mouth is tissue damage. Do not rinse with full strength hydrogen peroxide. It can hurt more than it helps. There are better ways to lighten teeth. See a dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more