Hydrogen Peroxide and your Teeth

peroxideHydrogen peroxide is usually a staple in every home. It is probably in your cupboard right now and may have sat there for months without being used. That’s a good thing. It means your children haven’t had any cuts or scrapes which is commonly what hydrogen peroxide is used for. However, today your Sheridan dentists, Dr. Cody Coon, Dr. Justin Coon, and Dr. Donald Coon, discuss why hydrogen peroxide may be good for your teeth.


Hydrogen peroxide is a natural and effective germicide. It kills pathogenic microorganisms through oxidation.  Peroxide has a number of uses you may not be familiar with. It can be used:

  • As a disinfectant
  • To prevent colds
  • As a bleach
  • To remove stains
  • For sinus infections
  • To cure foot fungus

It can also be effective in maintaining oral health.  It can help clean and whiten teeth. It can also help prevent streptococcus mutans from building up on your teeth and gums.

What is Streptococcus Mutans?

Streptococcus mutans is a harmful oral bacteria that feed on leftover food debris and sugars in your mouth producing a plaque biofilm. If this bacterial plaque is not removed it causes decay, and can harden into tartar.  This can lead to gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease which can cause tooth loss.

How Can Peroxide Help?

Therapeutic doses of hydrogen peroxide can be used as a daily oral rinse to kill streptococcus mutans and help prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque. All you have to do is combine one capful of hydrogen peroxide with one capful of warm water and swish it between your teeth for 5 seconds at a time. Be aware, however, that hydrogen peroxide is an acid. Using too much, too often, or swishing it too long can:

  • Irritate oral tissues
  • Dissolve tooth enamel
  • Accidental swallowing can cause damage to your throat, esophagus, and other internal membranes

About your Sheridan Dentists

Dr. Coon wants to make your dental appointment as worry-free and comfortable as possible. If you have any questions about your appointment, or to schedule a visit, call Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY at 307-672-7567.