Everyone wants whiter teeth, however, with the hefty price tag of professional treatments, the time commitment, and sometimes the mouth irritation, it’s not for everyone.
According to Nutritionist Jennifer Adler in her book: Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out, there’s a much cheaper alternative. As Adler writes, “Once every week or two, I use hydrogen peroxide as a natural tooth whitener. Put about 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide into your mouth and swish. It gets all foamy and doesn’t taste particularly good, but leave it in your mouth until you can’t stand it anymore, for about ten minutes, if possible.”
Adler also says that you can keep a container of hydrogen peroxide (like this) it in your bathtub, so you can effortlessly do it while you bathe!
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NYC Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Thomas P. Connelly agrees, “I definitely use Hydrogen Peroxide in a variety of ways — generally in the areas of teeth whitening. To start, Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent, and can absolutely help in whitening teeth. In fact, many over-the-counter tooth whitening products have a good amount of Hydrogen Peroxide — sometimes as much as 10 percent (just to give you a point of reference, the brown bottles you buy are typically 3 percent.)”
Dr. Connelly also explains that for some users, but not all, there can be some sensitivity and/or gum irritation. So always listen to your body and check with your dentist on what is right for you, especially if you are predisposed to tooth and gum sensitivity.
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide Be Used as a Teeth Whitening Agent?
Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out