You know that nondescript brown bottle taking up space in your medicine cabinet? Yeah, that 3% hydrogen peroxide solution you bought at the pharmacy because you figured you should have it around. Well, you may not have thought about it in a while, but hydrogen peroxide is getting more attention these days as the COVID-19 pandemic and hygiene are top of mind for pretty much everyone around the world.
Hydrogen peroxide is often referred to as a "wonder product" because this liquid powerhouse can be used for multiple applications and comes with a variety of benefits, including reducing pain, detoxifying the body and eliminating germs. You can even use hydrogen peroxide for teeth. With all of its amazing properties and abilities, it shouldn't be a surprise that this awesome product has been proven to be a safe and effective teeth whitening agent.
It's Always a Good Time to Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself should be something you think about daily, but with the current pandemic raging across the globe, you are probably even more focused on your health and wellbeing than you were in the past.
While your overall health is imperative, given the times we are in, your oral health is more important than ever as disease and germs can enter the body through the mouth. When your gums and mouth aren't healthy, bacteria and viruses have an easier time getting inside and causing infection and illness.
Things may be returning to normal in some places, but since many businesses were closed for so long, including dental offices, you may find that its going to take time before you can get in for a regular checkup and cleaning. Now is when it's more important than ever to take extra care to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Oral health, after all, is the gateway to overall health and wellness.
During these turbulent times, both the CDC and ADA are emphasizing the importance of personal hygiene, including oral care. Let's take a look at how hydrogen peroxide can help your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Your Oral Health
As you look at the brown bottle you've had stored in your bathroom, you may be wondering: Can you use hydrogen peroxide to clean your teeth? You know it can whiten your teeth, so it stands to reason that it might help in other ways as well. For example, can you use hydrogen peroxide for a tooth infection?
According to RDH Magazine, hydrogen peroxide has been used by dental professionals since 1913 for the prevention and treatment of gum disease. It serves as an oxidizing agent and prevents the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Hydrogen peroxide breaks through the biofilm slime barrier to fight gum disease and other inflammation.
Today, the ADA recommends that patients use a hydrogen peroxide oral rinse in its COVID-19 pre-treatment protocols.
GLO Science has long recognized the benefits of hydrogen peroxide, which is a key ingredient in our products. When used for teeth whitening purposes, hydrogen peroxide retains its antiseptic properties and can help create a healthier environment inside your mouth.
In fact, during one of our early teeth whitening clinical studies, the head researcher noticed an improvement in participants' gum health over the course of the study, which she attributed to the regular use of the hydrogen-peroxide-based whitening gel combined with the light and gentle warming heat acceleration of the GLO mouthpiece.
What Percent Hydrogen Peroxide Should be Used for Oral Health?
Now that you know how beneficial it can be to use hydrogen peroxide for oral health, you may have more questions than before. Can you use hydrogen peroxide as mouthwash? What percent hydrogen peroxide should be used? As longstanding champions of hydrogen peroxide and dental health, we have the answers.
A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, available at most pharmacies and most likely already in your medicine cabinet in that brown bottle, is safe when applied directly to a soft bristle toothbrush and followed by flossing. You can also use it as a mouthwash, mixing two parts water with one part 3% solution.
When used daily, hydrogen peroxide can help prevent plaque buildup and bacteria. Higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide (above 10%) should only be used with the proper dental consultations and professional grade products.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Teeth Whitening
As mentioned, here at GLO Science, we are aware of how amazing hydrogen peroxide is, so our teeth whitening gel included in GLO teeth whitening kits contains 6% hydrogen peroxide, with 10% hydrogen peroxide in our professional at-home products.
Our oral health care booster, ECO Balance, contains 1.4% hydrogen peroxide and is layered on top of your favorite toothpaste for twice daily brushing that is 8X more effective than brushing and flossing alone. This booster gives you an easy way to amp up your oral care routine.
Adding hydrogen peroxide products to your at-home oral care regimen is easy and can reap rewards for your oral health, overall health and the brightness of your smile as well. Now is the best time to shop for the products that will make you look and feel good!