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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Whiten Teeth? Various Methods!

People are more concerned about how they look or present themselves now than they used to be in the past and with different ways to ...

by Jason Wesley

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People are more concerned about how they look or present themselves now than they used to be in the past and with different ways to take care of the different body parts, teeth whitening has gained its share of popularity among people.

Currently, there are numerous options to choose from from the market to improve the color of your teeth and get rid of the embarrassing yellow color. However, teeth whitening products can be quite expensive, making people look for other cheaper means. 

One such popular and preferred method is the use of hydrogen peroxide. It is a common ingredient and is easily available in the market, making it more popular than expensive ones. But, using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth is a tricky business.

You have to be mindful of the quantity that you use and even the time that you use it. So, if you want to know more about how to use hydrogen peroxide to white your teeth, here is everything that you need to know. 

The Science Behind Using Hydrogen Peroxide To Whiten Teeth

Going through some of the major teeth whitening products available in the market, hydrogen peroxide is a key ingredient in most of them, only with a change in the amount used.

The normal bottles of hydrogen peroxide that you purchase from the store are often diluted and contain 3 percent, which is quite different from the teeth whitening products which sometimes contain as much as 10 percent of hydrogen peroxide. 

Different studies have been conducted on using the compound for teeth whitening and it was found to be effective. However, these studies also showed that using the compounds on teeth can have a few negative impacts on the enamel, which is the outer coating of your teeth. The extent of the damage depends mainly on two factors – the amount of hydrogen peroxide used and the time for which your teeth are in contact with the compound. 

So, while using the compound to improve the color of your tooth, be mindful of the quantity used and also the time for which you keep it in contact with your teeth.

Hydrogen Peroxide In Paste Form For Whitening Teeth

How Do You Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Whiten Your Teeth?

There are two different ways through which you cause the chemical to whiten your teeth. You can use it to rinse your teeth or you can use it as a paste to sit on your teeth and do its thing before rinsing it off. The detailed version of these two common methods are as explained below;

Using Hydrogen Peroxide As A Rinse

To use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse, the first thing that you should do is to mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water. If you are using half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, mix it well with half a cup of water. 

Use the mixture to rinse your mouth thoroughly around. The trick is to do it quickly and not keep it in contact with your teeth for a longer time which can damage the enamel. Use it to rinse your teeth for around 30 seconds to 1 minute only.  

After rinsing it for the said time, spit the mixture out and clean your mouth again with fresh water. Make sure that you split out the mixture if it starts to hurt your mouth in any way. Also, ensure that you do not swallow any of the mixture while rinsing. 

Using Hydrogen Peroxide In Paste Form

To use hydrogen peroxide in a paste, you will also need baking soda, which has enhancing effects and whitening your teeth. Take a few teaspoons of baking soda and add small amounts of hydrogen peroxide to the powder. 

Mix the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a clean spoon. Mix it well until you get a thick paste. You can adjust the amount of hydrogen peroxide until you get the desired consistency. Make it tick and ensure that it’s not gritty in any way. 

Now, apply the paste to your teeth using a toothbrush. Follow circular motions to apply the paste and brush for not more than two minutes. 

After brushing, rinse off the paste using clean water and make sure to do it thoroughly. Make sure that you get the paste completely off from your mouth. 


There have been different studies that prove the effects of hydrogen peroxide in whitening teeth and along with its positive effects, the method also comes with a few added side effects. But with proper usage and following the instructions correctly, you can get the best result with minimal damage to your teeth. 

It is also better to talk with your dentist before using the compound to whiten your teeth. As the health and sensitivity of the tooth can be different for people, having this talk will help you to choose the best way for your teeth and thereby the best result. 

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