In these years, teeth whitening become highly popular and demanding with the launching of new products into the market. However, most of them are highly expensive and people want more affordable options. After extensive research, experts found hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. But whether it is effective or not you are going to know from this blog. Read on to know them!
What science has to say on this?
You find diluted bottles of hydrogen peroxide at the pharmacy. They use less than 3% of substance. If it is commercial whitening treatment then there is about 10% substance. However, it is always better to use diluted one for teeth whitening. High concentration can cause damage to enamel (outermost layer of teeth).
The study of 2007 revealed that various percentages of peroxide solution i.e., 20, 10 and 30% lead to damage on extracting different time. If the high amount will leave for long period of time then it will cause more damage to the teeth.
Therefore application of low-amount and for short period is safe and you can receive effective result. Also it will not cause any potential damage to the mouth.
As per the study of 2024, only 5% hydrogen peroxide is efficient to 25% solution for whitening teeth. But to obtain desirable result you need to use 5% substance 12 times. It clearly means that you need multiple sessions for low-concentration and short treatments for desirable dazzling white.
How to use hydrogen peroxide as whitener?
Only two ways are there to use it for teeth whitening! You have to either swish it into the month or apply it as paste in the form of a mixture with baking soda.
Use it as rinse
Mix equal hydrogen peroxide amount with water and swish it around the mouth for a minute. Then spit the solution out! Don’t swallow it by anyhow.
Use it as paste
Take little amount of baking soda and peroxide and mix them. You need to keep the peroxide more to obtain a thick paste. Now brush the teeth with the paste and toothbrush in small circular motion. Don’t brush for about 2 minutes. At last rinse the mouth well using water.
Make sure you wash away the paste from the mouth otherwise it can cause dental degradation.
What’s about the side effects?
Many studies reveal that hydrogen peroxide can damage the teeth. The probability of damage heightens when
- You use strong hydrogen peroxide solution about 3% of concentration
- Leaving the component to sit on teeth for about a minute
- Applying it too often
Consult with the dentist before applying it to know the right and efficient strategy for your condition. Sensitivity is the most typical side effect of using it. There will be an unpleasant experience and pain during consuming cold or hot edibles after treatment.
High amount or concentration of peroxide damages the teeth enamel. Other accompanying problems include inflammation in teeth root. Over time, this will cause secondary issues like infection making it tough to treat.
Do you need to use hydrogen peroxide for whiten the teeth?
Although it is quite affordable yet you should opt for peroxide carefully and only after knowing every detail! Careful using can lead to effective teeth whitening. On another flip, higher concentration of the substance or using it often can result in expensive and serious dental damage. Hence you need to act cautiously while whitening the teeth using peroxide. For any concerns, visit to the dentist to seek right advice.
In the meantime, preserve the whiteness of the teeth from further staining by staying away from certain drinks and foods. It includes:
- Citrus fruits
- Tomato-based sauces
- Raspberries and strawberries
- Berries along blackberries
- Carbonated beverages
- Red wine and tea
- Energy drinks
If these are impossible to cut off then brush and rinse the mouth well after having them to prevent staining.
You can visit our site to book a consultation with a dentist to know whether you can use hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening or not!