My email commonly includes a letter or two each week inquiring about hydrogen peroxide mouthwash as a cure for bad breath.
Here’s what my research has found:
You cannot purchase hydrogen peroxide (H202) at the store in its purest form. In reality, the brown bottles you purchase at the drug store are in reality only 3% hydrogen peroxide – the rest is water. There is a reason for its packaging. It comes in brown bottles because it will break down quickly when exposed to a bright light. The brown bottle keeps it shaded.
Despite the watered down state, the commercial 3% solution is ample to have anti-bacterial qualities.
Many doctors and dentists prescribe it as a mouthwash for a variety of ailments. What type? Hydrogen peroxide is prescribed for trench mouth, canker sores, and a wide variety of mouth infections.
To give both sides of the story, though, some studies indicate that prolonged use (holding it in the mouth for long periods of time) may soften tooth enamel. It is believed by some that using it this way will whiten their teeth, but if this is what you do – you should really check with your dentist. He might tell you it’s dangerous!
What are the steps to making hydrogen peroxide mouthwash?
Just start by pouring into a glass an ounce or two, then simply mix with an equal portion of water. Use this to swish around in your mouth and gargle for about a minute, no more than two. Spit it out — do not swallow. Follow the label directions if you have additional questions.
Simple? You bet.
You now have a safe and effective mouthwash that will, when used regularly, aid in controlling bad breath in many people – but not everyone!
If it works for the majority — why not everyone? As I found out while researching “The Bad Breath Treatment Guide,” bad breath is caused by many different things.
When bad breath is caused by germs and bacteria in the mouth – which is the most familiar reason – then hydrogen peroxide, with its anti-bacteria quality, is an outstanding natural remedy.
Alternatively, if yourbreath odor is caused by digestive problems, or some other medical reason, then hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, while refreshing, will probably not eliminate your problem.
Bear in mind, that some critical medical conditions like kidney illness, liver illness, HIV, problem insulin levels, and other medical problems, may cause unpleasant breath. Let your family doctor know of your concerns.
I hope this answers your question, and your hydrogen peroxide mouthwash will make your breath feel fresh and clean!