Is Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide Safe
According to my research, peroxide in toothpaste should not pose a health risk, especially if you take care not to swallow it. An article published by the American Dental Hygienists Associated indicates that the hydrogen peroxide used in commercial toothpaste can help to remove stains such as coffee and tea, and will kill bacteria in the mouth.
Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is produced by our bodies to help fight infections. It is present in breast milk, and especially concentrated in the colostrum, the first milk that stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Food grade H2O2 is also used in the production of cheeses and other foods.
Most strains of harmful bacteria are anaerobic. This means they do not do well in the presence of oxygen or H2O2. Helpful bacteria, on the other hand, are aerobic and therefore thrive in the presence of H2O2.
The fizzing action seen when H202 comes in contact with bacteria is caused by the release of the extra atom of oxygen and the destruction of potentially harmful organisms. The byproduct then is water (H2O).
The 3.5% peroxide available at the drug store contains stabilizers that should not be ingested. However, a diluted solution can be safely used as a mouthwash to enhance tooth whitening once per day. It should not, however, be swallowed.
H2O2 is also present in the atmosphere, and is beneficial to plants when it falls with rain. However, due to pollution, the amount of H2O2 in the atmosphere is diminishing. Some farmers treat their crops with a spray made from food grade 35% H2o2. They use 5 to 16 ounces per 20 gallons of water.
In this concentration, H2O2 must be handled with care. Once diluted, it is quite safe. For home gardeners who want to enhance the health of their plants, they could try adding 16 drops of the 3.5% H2O2 to a quart of water and giving this mixture to their plants.
A safe insecticide spray can be made with 8 ounces of 3.5% H2O2 and 8 ounces of white sugar in a gallon of water.
To whiten your teeth with peroxide, you must begin with very clean teeth.
- *Brush teeth thoroughly after each meal with your favorite toothpaste that contains H2O2.
- * Floss between the teeth at least once a day.
- *Mix one part of 3.5% H2O2 with one part water. Use this as a mouthwash, and swish for a minute once a day. DO NOT SWALLOW.
- *Be sure to brush your teeth each time you eat, even a small snack.
This method is quite safe, as long as you don’t swallow the peroxide mixture. You should see results in three weeks or so. An alternative is to use a paste made from H2O2 and baking soda, but most people strongly dislike the taste.
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