June 2013

June 26, 2013

Can I rinse/gargle with hydrogen peroxide to clean my mouth?


I recommend against using hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse.  It is potentially harmful to the gums and other soft tissue if used in excessive amounts over a long period of time.  Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) can break down into water (H2O) and oxygen (O2).  During this process, sometimes oxygen free radicals can be formed.  These Read the full article…

June 12, 2013

How effective are the tooth whitening kits (e.g. Crest White Strips) that you can buy at a grocery store or pharmacy?


These kits are not harmful to your teeth if used correctly, and they will work, but at a much slower pace than what is prescribed by dental offices to whiten teeth.  Over the counter brands of whitening products are a weaker whitening product than dentist-prescribed treatments.  They are less harmful if they are used incorrectly Read the full article…