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Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash – An Effective Cure For Bad Breath

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!


Dental Hygiene

Are Dental Sealants for Kids Safe

Take my sister’s children for instance. When she took her children to the dentist for some routine cleaning, the dentist advised that she get her children’s teeth sealed – as a routine kind of option. She felt it would probably be a great idea to have her children’s teeth coated in plastic, and she got it done right away. The next morning, her children, who  were completely healthy up to that point, woke up in pain. They felt sick, too. What was going on?

Contrary to popular belief, dental sealants for kids aren’t new. They’ve been around for a quarter century now, and they are quite approved by the American Dental Association. There have been all kinds of studies done that show that 70% children with dental sealing done  had no dental cavities or problems 15 years later. Only 15% of children without dental sealing grow up without any problems. Without a doubt, these protect your teeth. The problem though is the kind of plastic they are made of.

They make dental sealants for kids out of a number of different plastic-based materials. These plastics need to be very strong – they coat the chewing surface of each tooth. They also need to be tooth-colored so that there isn’t a cosmetic problem involved.

Apparently, scientists tend to cut corners when there are requirements like these. When you need a material that matches the color that you have in mind and that is very strong, you tend to overlook some of the other dangers if you finally get your hands on something.

They make dental sealants for kids out of plastics with names like cyanoacrylates and polyurethanes. You’ve heard these names before – they come up when people discuss the chemicals found in baby bottles. These plastics contain BPA.

You have probably already made your mind up on BPA. Either you’re someone who is concerned about how it is a kind of synthetic estrogen, or you just feel that these things don’t matter because they are everywhere.

In some lucky children like my sisters’ kids, these chemicals will cause an allergic reaction. And they will have those sealants removed right away. In others, the BPA does what it does. One doesn’t really know where it will take one.