Baking Soda and Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a common product that has been used by people as antiseptic/disinfectant for many years, mainly in the case of small wounds/cuts. It is a clear liquid, slightly more viscous than water, and it appears colorless in dilute solution. “Due to its oxidizing properties, hydrogen peroxide is often used as a bleach or cleaning agent.” (Wikipedia)
Chemical Formula for the Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2, which is very similar to water (H20), with an extra oxygen molecule. However, you should NOT drink it.
“A man came to the bar and ordered an H20. A second man came to the bar and ordered H20 too. The second man died.”
Using a 3-percent solution hydrogen peroxide for oral care is a common practice among people. Bottles that are sold in stores are usually 3-percent solutions, but nevertheless check this number when buying.
How does hydrogen peroxide work on your teeth?
Hydrogen peroxide has a high oxidizing capacity, and research shows that it makes it useful in:
- Fighting bacteria.
- Fighting bad breath.
- Fighting gingivitis.
- Fighting inflamed and bleeding gums.
FUNNY FACT: A solution of about 90 percent hydrogen peroxide can help fire a rocket.
Baking soda and Peroxide Teeth Whitening Instructions
There are two methods which you can use when whitening your teeth with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. There are very similar, so freely choose the one you prefer better, or that will which will work best for you. However, do not use these methods for more then 1 or 2 times a week.
- Wet the toothbrush with water.
- Dip the toothbrush directly into baking soda.
- Wet the toothbrush again with a little amount of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide.
- Brush your teeth.
- Spit and rinse.
- Prepare a bowl, or a cup.
- Pour 1 teaspoon of baking soda in the cup.
- Pour 1 teaspoon of water in the cup.
- Add couple drops of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide in the cup.
- Blend the ingredients.
- Use the mix as you would use the toothpaste.
- Spit and rinse.
There are certain risks involving using these methods. If any of these apply to you, consult your dentist before using them again.
RISK #1: Gums, mouth and roof of the mouth irritation. This could happen if using in high concentration, for a prolonged period of time, or too frequently. DO NOT USE THESE METHODS MORE THEN 1-2 TIMES A WEEK.
RISK #2: Damage to the esophagus and internal membranes. This could happen if swallowing the hydrogen peroxide.
Using Baking Soda and Peroxide together is another teeth whitening method which is complementary to Methods 1 and 2 described in the Whitening Teeth with Baking Soda page.