Can I safely swish with Hydrogen Peroxide?
The very simple answer to this question is NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NOWAY!
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is a clear liquid more viscous than water and is a strong oxidizer. Due to the oxidizing properties, H2O2 is often used as a bleach or cleaner for inanimate objects only.
At one time H2O2 was most commonly used on living tissues to disinfect skin wounds. That thought is now deemed ineffective and experiments have shown that H2O2 actually slows healing by damaging human tissue by causing temporary capillary embols or blockages which give the skin the white appearance when applied.
Claims that diluted H2O2 used orally for treating various concerns (i.e. staining, gingival irritation, plaque, etc.) have been shown to be dangerous and is prohibited by the Code of Federal Regulations. H2O2 is highly corrosive and causes irritation to the oral mucosa. Swallowing H2O2 is particularly dangerous as decomposition in the stomach releases large quantities of gas leading to internal bleeding. Inhaling H2O2 vapor is also harmful and can cause pulmonary irritation over time.
Medical Establishment has conducted research that compared mixing H2O2 with baking soda for use as a toothpaste against traditional toothpastes. When applied, its uses were shown to be no more effective at cleansing teeth than your everyday over the counter toothpastes.
Take home message: Do not use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, it’s not safe, brush your teeth 3x/day and floss every night before bed. If you are interested in whitening, talk to your dentist for a safer and more predictable option or visit our website for more information. Save your hydrogen peroxide for cleaning tiles and grout or for removing skunk odor, both uses for which H2O2 is highly effective!
Thanks and be good to your teeth! /CB