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Hydrogen Peroxide for Teeth Whitening: Ingredient Post

July 12 2021

Hydrogen peroxide (HP) is all the rage on social media platforms and much of the buzz is coming from its use as a teeth whitener. Although, you may have heard it referred to by this person or that person, you may still have some questions about this powerful active ingredient. That's good because the more you know about it the better.

What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound that has been around since the early 1800s. Its composition is a simple one, and it reacts to air and oxygen to create a liquid oxidizing agent. In the field of dentistry, the benefits of hydrogen peroxide for teeth have long been known. It can be added to any number of toothpastes, mouthwash and whitening gel formulas.

Is it Safe for Teeth Whitening?

Studies of hydrogen peroxide have concluded that it is safe to use for teeth whitening purposes in appropriate concentrations. Any gel whitening formulations containing hydrogen peroxide must follow strict ADA and FDA standards for safety. For example, concentrations for oral devices are standardized, which is why GLO Science products contain a 6% HP solution.

While some people are using the 3% solutions for do-it-yourself at-home whitening treatments, there is no guarantee of consistency of results or safety if HP is used incorrectly. Basically, if you're standing in the bathroom wondering how to whiten teeth with hydrogen peroxide, it's best to let the oral health experts mix your whitening solutions for you.

How GLO Science Uses Hydrogen Peroxide

As mentioned above, GLO Science products contain a safe amount of hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening. In fact, its whitening formulas are dentist formulated and used by individuals and dental practices. As the main active ingredient, the hydrogen peroxide acts as a powerful and safe whitening agent. GLO Science combines HP with a blend of other carefully selected ingredients that are good for your teeth and overall health, and hydrating ingredients, for a well-rounded treatment that delivers the kind of whitening power you expect from a leading brand.

The choice to use pure hydrogen peroxide in all GLO Science products is purposeful. The simple truth of the matter is that this "wonder liquid" is considered to be the gold standard among dentistry practitioners for its safety and effectiveness. The simple decomposition of hydrogen peroxide means that it cleanly breaks down into oxygen when it comes into contact with air.

What About Sensitivity?

Teeth sensitivity may make some steer clear of whitening products, including those containing hydrogen peroxide. This may be due to the myth that whitening treatments always cause teeth sensitivity issues. Unfortunately, a single bad experience can lead to forming a negative impression about all teeth whitening.

The reality is that GLO Science has revolutionized teeth whitening, and GLO Science has developed its gel to be sensitivity-free. What does that mean?

It means that those with sensitive teeth can safely use it because care has been taken to create a formula that whitens teeth without causing pain.

Is The HP Active Ingredient Still Strong?

Yes, but GLO Science's superior formula balances its strength with other safe ingredients. Warming heat acceleration from GLO devices boosts the gel's strength to a higher level, making the efficacy equivalent to a higher strength gel without needing to increase the concentration. Comfort with gel use is essential to a successful outcome, and GLO Science is a brand that gets it right.

Does Whitening Gel Bleach Teeth?

Another common misconception is that hydrogen peroxide "bleaches" teeth. Let's just say that when it comes to hydrogen peroxide vs. bleach as an active ingredient, you should always go with HP. While it may seem like it's bleaching your teeth, in reality, what HP does is break down those microscopic compounds that create stains and yellowing on the teeth. After they are removed, teeth become brighter.

Coffee is a good example of this. Coffee is notorious for leaving stains on the teeth. There are certain chemical properties in the coffee bean that come out when beans are roasted. Some of those same properties that create delicious flavor can stick around on the surface of the tooth's enamel. HP is the superhero that successfully takes on the bad stains and wins.

What About Gum Irritation?

Some people have experienced gum irritation while using whitening products to whiten teeth. This discomfort usually happens because the mouth tray or strip containing the gel ends up saturating gums and teeth, and long wear times can also be a factor. While this side effect is usually temporary, it can cause some people to shy away from using any teeth whitening systems. The truth is that gum irritation is not inevitable and does not have to be a part of the whitening experience at all.

As stated earlier, hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as an active ingredient in dentist approved mouthwashes, which means it can be safe for the gums. The problem lies in exposing gums to HP at concentrations that are too high or applied for extended periods of time. This can be avoided by choosing GLO Science products with precision gel applicators.

How Is GLO Gel Applied?

When you use a GLO Lit kit or a GLO Brilliant kit, you receive a supply of GLO Vials containing GLO whitening gel. Instead of putting the gel into a tray, creating a scenario where your gums are going to be sitting in gel longer than they should, you simply brush gel directly onto your teeth. Since it is applied directly to teeth, where it penetrates and evaporates as it whitens, there's no getting it all over those sensitive gums.

How Fast Does it Whiten?

GLO gel with pure hydrogen peroxide can be applied to the teeth and used with the patented GLO Science heat and light mouthpiece for a period of five to seven days. It's a fast, convenient way to safely whiten your teeth at home using hydrogen peroxide.

Sources

  1. https://gloscience.com/blogs/blog/adding-hydrogen-peroxide-to-your-oral-health-care-routine
  2. https://www.britannica.com/science/hydrogen-peroxide
  3. https://beaconpace.com/3-surprising-health-benefits-of-hydrogen-peroxide/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/hydrogen-peroxide-teeth-whitening#Should-you-use-hydrogen-peroxide-on-your-teeth?