Hydrogen Peroxide Keeps Teeth and Gums Healthy: How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Prevent New Cavities and Stop Gingivitis, How To Whiten Your Teeth For Free
Hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria (the germs) that cause cavities and gingivitis, toothpaste does not. Not cleaning your toothbrush just before brushing your teeth is a serious lack of hygiene because there's plenty of germs and dental dirt on your toothbrush from brushing your teeth. For a simple way to whiten your teeth for free without hydrogen peroxide see How To Whiten Your Teeth For Free below.Antibacterial Properties Of Hydrogen Peroxide (.gov)
Hydrogen Peroxide Used In Dentistry Over 70 Years (.gov)
Is Hydrogen Peroxide Safe For Teeth?
The high concentration hydrogen peroxide dentists use for whitening teeth (35% hydrogen peroxide) and to a lesser extent in dental strips (5-10%) softens (slowly dissolves) tooth enamel. The inexpensive 3% hydrogen peroxide sold in brown bottles in grocery stores doesn't whiten teeth but doesn't normally dissolve tooth enamel when used briefly.
Dentists Don't Prevent CavitiesIf you were wealthy and didn't put in the effort needed to take care of your teeth, you'd end up with better quality dentures.
Teeth develop cavities above and below the gumline for reasons that occur above the gumline. There's more than enough information on this page to keep your teeth free of new cavities and your gums free of gingivitis using 3% hydrogen peroxide and other inexpensive items. Dental hygienists help prevent new cavities for some, don't prevent any new cavities for others, it depends on how well you take care of your teeth. Dentists don't prevent cavities. Dentists earn their pay drilling and filling cavities all day long. Avoiding new cavities takes only a little time but requires a conscientious effort. There's no easy way out. If you were wealthy and didn't put in the effort needed to take care of your teeth, you'd end up with better quality dentures because dentists don't prevent cavities.
8 Levels Of Cleanliness
In Brushing Your Teeth:
1) Swish With Hydrogen Peroxide
Natural sugar and sugar added to food and food products are sources of sugar that come in contact with teeth. Sugar doesn't cause cavities. The problem with sugar is bacteria thrive on sugar - the more sugar the more dental bacteria. The acid dental bacteria release cause cavities. Dental bacteria spread from teeth to gums. The immune system in gums responds to bacteria with inflammation. Inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. Fortunately hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria on teeth and gums. Swishing with hydrogen peroxide prevents bacteria from building up on teeth and gums which prevents cavities and significantly reduces the amount of bacteria getting into gums that the immune system has to fight which prevents gingivitis.Hydrogen Peroxide For Inflamed Gums (.gov)
"Gingivitis Is Due To The Long-Term Effects Of Plaque Deposits On Your Teeth", 2nd ¶ (.gov)
For adults, after cleaning your toothbrush (see number 4), after sanitizing your toothbrush if needed (see number 5), after brushing your teeth, and if you flossed then after flossing, and if you used an electric toothbrush then after using your electric toothbrush, sip about an ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide, but don't swallow it. Swish with hydrogen peroxide by forcing it up to your upper gums, causing the area above your upper lip to pucker up some, then draw it back down, repeat. Swish with hydrogen peroxide for 5 or so seconds, spit it out, and then swish twice with water.
The reason why you swish with hydrogen peroxide for only 5 seconds is because hydrogen peroxide kills dental bacteria quickly but it's corrosive. Using hydrogen peroxide every day (or often), you want to use it long enough to kill the bacteria on your teeth and gums and then you want it off your teeth immediately. It takes much longer than 5 seconds for 3% hydrogen peroxide to damage your teeth, it's the daily cumulative effect you're avoiding by swishing with hydrogen peroxide for only 5 seconds and then swishing with water.
Hydrogen peroxide may at first turn small areas of your gums white but will return back to pink in about half an hour. Bacteria damage cells causing the enzyme catalase in cells to react with hydrogen peroxide. The enzyme breaks hydrogen peroxide down into water and oxygen, creating small bubble white foam. The white foam in gums from using hydrogen peroxide is the same white you see when you pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cut (in your skin). If left on gums too long, hydrogen peroxide alone will destroy gum cells, turning areas of gums white regardless of bacteria.
Hydrogen peroxide tastes terrible at first, but after about two weeks it doesn't have any taste at all. If you really don't want to swish with hydrogen peroxide, at least clean your toothbrush before brushing, sanitize your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide, floss, use an electric toothbrush, swish with salt water.
2) Sometimes Swish With Salt Water
Hydrogen peroxide breaks down once inside gums. Salt also kills dental bacteria and gums absorb salt water, so salt water can be used to help the immune system kill bacteria that have reached inside gums. But it's not a great idea to use salt water every day instead of hydrogen peroxide because the more salt absorbed by your gums and into your blood stream the more swishing with salt water becomes a source of salt (sodium) in your diet. Too much salt for many raises blood pressure. Use salt water occasionally or for a short period (4 or 5 days every day. If you notice your ears are ringing since you started swishing with salt, either you're using too much salt or you're swishing with salt to often.Salt and Bacteria (.gov)
3) Use A Regular And An Electric Toothbrush
Solid foods high in flour (e.g. bread, cereal, crackers, cookies) pack between teeth, on the gumline, on the chewing surface of back teeth, and especially on the back side of the farthest back teeth. Between packed on food and tooth enamel is bacteria on tooth enamel that was there before the packed on food. You can't get hydrogen peroxide to bacteria covered by packed on food. When packed on food contains sugar a cavity is even more likely to form because bacteria thrive in sugar. After 20 minutes or so, saliva (via amylase) converts starch (mainly flour) into sugar. The only way there would be enough time for saliva to turn starch into sugar is if starch is packed between and around teeth instead of being swallowed.Savoy Truffle
Generally, the chance of preventing new cavities using hydrogen peroxide without removing food packed on and between teeth, onto the gumline, etc. is zero. But since salt kills dental bacteria, does salt in salty foods that pack (e.g. salty crackers and chips) prevent foods that pack from causing cavities? Probably some cavities, maybe many cavities. Foods that pack that are pretty salty probably don't cause any cavities.
For removing food packed between teeth there is no substitute for a soft bristle, regular toothbrush - the length of bristles on regular toothbrushes is 25 to 100% longer than the bristles on electric toothbrushes. Toothbrushes with longer bristles at the end help a lot with removing food packed behind back teeth.
Be sure to brush your front teeth with an up and down motion. Try not to saw an abrasion channel across your side teeth by trying not to brush with the common back and forth motion.
If you brush with you're right hand: It's best to brush your right side teeth (including right side back teeth) with the wrist movement used to play foosball (table soccer). Using your right hand to brush your left side teeth is pretty uncomfortable and you don't want to fall back to brushing back and forth, so instead either brush your left side teeth with your left hand using the wrist movement or brush your left side teeth with your right hand with the same up and down motion needed to brush front teeth.
For removing food packed onto the chewing surface of back teeth and the back side of the farthest back the long arm and clockwise/counter clockwise motion of electric toothbrushes are excellent.
For removing food packed anywhere along the gumline and for cleaning the gumline in general, use an electric toothbrush. The circular brushing movement of electric toothbrushes follows the curved contour of the gumline much better than brushing with a regular toothbrush.
Another great thing about electric toothbrushes is that they shine your teeth - no toothpaste or polish needed. Do yourself a big favor and buy an electric toothbrush.
The most effective way to brush gums seems to be to hold the electric toothbrush vertical (parallel with your teeth) and move it left and right as far as you can. Try it at least once. For back gums you'll have to have the toothbrush horizontal.
When first using an electric toothbrush, open your mouth and watch yourself brushing your teeth. This will reduce time wasted by aimlessly moving the brush head over your teeth again and again, making brushing a more organized and thorough effort.
When you're getting your teeth cleaned, remember where the dental hygienist was scraping so you know where you're not using your electric toothbrush enough.
Electric toothbrushes are very inexpensive. My Braun electric toothbrush is 10 years old. You buy a pack of replaceable brush heads every few years. That works out to about 6 dollars a year.
Do The U With Your Electric Toothbrush. For most people, back teeth are the hardest to keep free of cavities. Here's a way to help prevent cavities in your 4 sets of back teeth. Starting at about your fang tooth, move your electric toothbrush along the side of your teeth toward your farthest back (last) tooth and then turn the electric toothbrush to the back side of the last tooth and then turn it again and move it along the other side of the same teeth. Obviously this movement is U-shaped. Be sure to start over and move the electric toothbrush along the gumline while doing the U. Be sure to use your electric toothbrush to clean the chewing surface of your back teeth. Have a dentist clean and seal the chewing surface of your back teeth - see last section on this page.
Improving On The U. The small area of the left, upper, inside corner of the farthest back tooth and it's gumline above and the same upper inside corner and gumline above on the right side are difficult to reach if you have your regular/electric toothbrush at the wrong angle. Even after all the writing of this page, I recently found quite a bit bleeding from gingivitis in this area on my left side when I happen to have the electric toothbrush at the correct angle. (After brushing this area, I swished with hydrogen peroxide and then brushed the area with salt water and there was no bleeding when I brushed the area the next day.) To get your toothbrush at the correct angle use your left hand for this area on your left and use your right hand for this area on your right. Once you get your toothbrush at the correct angle, there's very little brushing room for a regular toothbrush. Use an electric toothbrush for these two areas if you have one.
According to the company Oral-B, "Most rechargeable electric toothbrushes operate at anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 strokes on your teeth per minute." High strokes per minute toothbrushes are unnecessary abrasion, which wears tooth enamel down and can wear enamel off. Slower electric toothbrushes easily remove packed on food and are much easier on tooth enamel, gums, and gumline. Toothpaste is abrasive, so using an electric toothbrush with toothpaste is far more abrasive than using toothpaste with a regular toothbrush. You may want to brush with an electric toothbrush without toothpaste and then brush with a regular toothbrush with toothpaste. Avoid pressing down too much on your teeth with an electric toothbrush; let the electric toothbrush do all the work. It may be best to use an electric toothbrush every 2 or 3 days instead of every day to reduce abrasion and so there's more time for minerals in saliva to maintain your teeth (fill holes made by bacteria and replace enamel lost by abrasion of eating and brushing your teeth).Oral B (Same as Braun) Quote
Some people don't like to brush with an electric toothbrush because it sprays toothpaste on the mirror. Put the electric toothbrush in your mouth before turning it on. Turn the electric toothbrush off before taking it out of your mouth.
Dentists convince many parents to bring their kid in for checkups even though their kid still has baby teeth. If your kid is old enough to see a dentist, your kid is old enough to learn how to use an electric toothbrush.
—Brushing And Enamel
Chewing food is abrasive, electric toothbrushes are abrasive, toothpaste is abrasive, yet the problem people have in life with their teeth is bacteria causing cavities and tooth loss, not abrasion wearing down teeth to their roots. Why? Because the body makes minor repairs on tooth enamel and maintains tooth enamel (via minerals in saliva and calcium in beverages and creamy foods), preventing enamel from wearing off. It's called remineralization, also remineralization of enamel, and remineralization of teeth.
There's no doubt that the body does maintain tooth enamel, when it's not losing the battle to maintain enamel to bacteria. A while back I had a tiny cavity in a lower front tooth. As it got bigger I started to worry. I had my teeth cleaned and when it came time for the shining with that gritty toothpaste, I had the hygienist press her brush into the cavity. After, I kept the cavity as clean as I could (wasn't using hydrogen peroxide then), and in a month's time I could see enamel building up from the bottom of the cavity. Today (15 or so years later) I tried to find a sign that the cavity was once there using two magnifying glasses in the mirror and there was nothing at all; the minerals in my saliva provided the minerals needed to rebuild the lost enamel of the cavity.Tooth Enamel Mineralization-Demineralization (.gov)
4) Clean Your Toothbrush Before BrushingEveryone should do this every day.
Some of the bacteria on your teeth and gums brush off onto your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush with water after brushing doesn't remove all the bacteria. Logic would say that when your toothbrush dries, any bacteria left on your toothbrush from brushing die from dehydration. Also on your toothbrush is saliva that wasn't removed (time after time) by rinsing, microscopic food particles that weren't removed (time after time) by rinsing, who knows maybe a little mold grows on all this dental dirt. As you can see, not cleaning your toothbrush just before brushing your teeth is a serious lack of hygiene.
Wet your toothbrush and put a little hand dish washing liquid (e.g. Dawn) on the brush part of your toothbrush. With the toothbrush in your hand rub the brush with the end of your thumb of the same hand you're holding the toothbrush with. Make sure you clean the few inches near the brush and the back side of the brush. Then with running water rub out the suds, bacteria, old saliva, food particles, and other dental dirt the dish detergent released. Notice the improved (whiter) color of the brush. It shouldn't take more than 10 seconds or so to clean your toothbrush this way. If you cleaned your toothbrush this way again, right after the first toothbrush cleaning, you would see a lot more suds forming because there's little or no dental dirt for the dish detergent to react with.
5) Sanitize Your Toothbrush With Hydrogen Peroxide
If your toothbrush is not kept in a closed cabinet, according to ABC's 20/20, fine spray from toilet flushing contains bacteria and can end up on your toothbrush anytime before the next time you brush. Your body is another source of bacteria on your toothbrush. According to the NIH, you can reinfect yourself with the bacteria of strep throat with your toothbrush. Three percent hydrogen peroxide is great for general sanitizing. ((But 3% hydrogen peroxide doesn't kill MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph infection) nor does salt (see "Salt and Bacteria" link above). If MRSA or some other germ/pathogen (bacteria, virus, fungus, etc.) is a concern, sanitize your toothbrush with bleach, then thoroughly wash the bleach off the toothbrush before brushing. It sounds a little extreme but people die from MRSA. You could always use a new toothbrush each time you brush during a MRSA infection.))Find "bacteria can live in the toothbrush and re-infect" (.gov)
Pour a little hydrogen peroxide on your cleaned toothbrush, wait 5 or 10 seconds, you may see white foam forming, rinse the toothbrush off with running water. It's a good idea to do this often but every day may be more often than necessary if you keep your toothbrush in a cabinet. What's that foam? As your toothbrush dries after use, gum cells brushed off gums and onto the toothbrush and not rinsed off dry and crack, releasing gum cell molecules including the enzyme catalase. Catalase breaks hydrogen peroxide down into water and oxygen, forming bubbles of oxygen, creating foam.
Toothbrushes that are not new and weren't used with hydrogen peroxide will readily foam. New toothbrushes that have always been used with hydrogen peroxide won't foam at all for a few months and after will only foam a little.
Light breaks down 3% hydrogen peroxide (so does its natural decomposition - see expiration date on bottle). Instead of pouring hydrogen peroxide onto your toothbrush, keep a shot glass of hydrogen peroxide for dunking your toothbrush, floss pick, and electric toothbrush and cover it with a laundry detergent cap (or other opaque cover) to keep light out. If you're one to dunk your toothbrush into a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, don't leave your toothbrush in the bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Plastic is pretty tough, but hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent. There's no telling what chemicals might form if you leave your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide day after day. (Toothbrushes probably aren't made of the same plastic hydrogen peroxide is sold in.)
6) Floss Picks Do What Nothing Else Does
Even if you use hydrogen peroxide, gums between your teeth can still have gingivitis. If you use hydrogen peroxide but don't floss, floss to see if your gums between your teeth easily bleed. Wherever your gums bleed you have gingivitis. Be certain the floss you use has a flat shape. The floss pick called "Plackers" is round and has a very small diameter and easily digs into gums and so can easily cause pain and bleeding. Where there's pain, there's injury. (Vitamin C deficiency also causes gums to bleed.)
The triangular shaped gums between your teeth are called papilla (also interdental papilla, gingival papilla). To stop gingivitis of papilla, floss by moving the floss pick left and right over your papilla in order to push bacteria off your papilla. At first this will likely make your papilla pretty sore. If so, stop for several days or longer and restart. (You may have to stop and restart a few times.) After six weeks or so you'll be able to floss your papilla without concern. After 6 or 8 weeks, you'll hear kind of a dull click noise when moving floss over toughened papilla. Don't forget to floss the regular way also.
Floss picks are pretty inexpensive (about $3 for 90). Don't throw your floss picks away after each use. Before reusing a floss pick, dunk it in your shot glass of hydrogen peroxide for 5 seconds and then rinse the hydrogen peroxide off. This way you can reuse each pick until the floss breaks. This way a pack of floss picks will last at least a year.
7) Brush Then Floss Then Swish With Hydrogen Peroxide After You've Finished Eating For The Day
The bacteria pictured above (Streptococcus Mutans) release a number of different acids including lactic acid (especially when there's a lot of sugar). Lactic acid has pretty low pH of 3.85, low enough to slowly dissolve tooth enamel. Tooth enamel dissolves at a pH of 4.0. So the reason why bacteria is a problem for teeth is bacteria "release" acid and the acid dissolves microscopic holes in tooth enamel. The holes are either repaired by the body (via calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in saliva) or the holes become spaces for bacteria that will also release acid, making the holes bigger and deeper.Acid Of Bacteria Cause Cavities (.gov)
Streptococcus Mutans Significance
Since bacteria live on particles of food and sugar, the longer you have food, sugar, and bacteria cleaned out of your mouth the fewer holes bacteria create in tooth enamel and the more holes that haven't been repaired by minerals in saliva that will be repaired. The longest period of time you usually go without eating is from the time you go to bed to the time you wake up, so why not have no food, sugar, nor bacteria in your mouth before you go to bed? You could accomplish during the day, if you didn't eat all day.
Food and sugar in your mouth while you're sleeping for hours is party time for bacteria. Bacteria multiply pretty quickly. If you didn't brush before bed, the next morning you'll have a lot more bacteria in your mouth than when you went to bed, so if you went to bed without removing bacteria from your teeth and gums, the next morning be sure to use an electric toothbrush and then swish with hydrogen peroxide before eating anything - not eating bacteria is much better than eating bacteria.
If your friend only cares about fresh breath before work and brushes with toothpaste, flosses, and swishes only in the morning and you only care about avoiding cavities and brush without toothpaste, floss, and swish only after the last meal and snack before bed, your friend will have freshe breath (excluding if he or she has a niacin deficiency) and you'll have far fewer cavities and not all that fresh breath. Brushing with minty fresh toothpaste in the morning is all you probably need if you brush, floss, and swish after your last meal and snack before bed.
8) Like Taking Candy From A Bacterium
Sugarcane plants are acidic, but cane sugar has a neutral pH (7.0), so it's not the acidity of sugar that's a problem for tooth enamel because sugar is not acidic. The problem with sugar is bacteria love it - sugar sticks to teeth, making sugar a stationary source of food for bacteria.
Sugar attracts bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide kills dental bacteria, but you can't use hydrogen peroxide nor salt water every time you eat something with sugar. Sugar dissolves in water at 80 degrees and warmer. Showering water is about 100 degrees. So if you swish with water about as warm as showering water, sugar on your teeth and gumline will dissolve into the warm swishing water, creating warm sugar water, preventing bacteria from getting to the sugar. Spit the warm sugar water out. You probably should swish with warm water a couple of times. How long after eating food containing sugar should you swish with warm water? After you've finished savoring the taste. Don't forget that sweets are not the only source of sugar. Most cereals contain sugar, tomato sauce, bread, many beverages contain a lot of sugar. What doesn't have sugar these days? Certainly you can swish with warm water at home and away.
Once you start using hydrogen peroxide and start flossing, you might think you won't ever have a cavity again. Not if you have a cavity before you started hydrogen peroxide and flossing. If you can keep a cavity thoroughly cleaned out with the ends of the toothbrush bristles squarely on a cavity and some hydrogen peroxide (and some gritty toothpaste when you first find the cavity), it won't get bigger and it may heal. Since you really can't get the ends of toothbrush bristles squarely on the surfaces between teeth, you can see the importance of removing sweets packed between teeth and the importance of flossing the surfaces (enamel) between teeth. One sweet that doesn't pack between teeth is ice cream.
Considering all this effort needed to fight dental bacteria, you can see why you shouldn't feed animals sweets. They can't even tell you when they have a tooth ache, let alone use a toothbrush.
Deteriorating gums can separate from teeth forming what's called periodontal pockets. If you don't get hydrogen peroxide and salt into these pockets to kill the bacteria the pockets become deeper and hold more bacteria. dental bacteria no only infect gums but also jaw bone, causing loss of bone where jaw bone anchors teeth, which leads to tooth loss even if there's no cavity. The deeper the pockets the harder it is to get hydrogen peroxide and salt to bacteria at the bottom of the pocket, especially pockets formed next to upper teeth. There are periodontal pocket reduction procedures.Periodontal Pocket Reduction Procedures
Dental Sealants Seal Out Bacteria
Very narrow groves can develop in the chewing surface of back teeth. If you get a sealant to fill these groves, it would be cheap insurance. The sealant is brushed on and hardens in a few seconds.Find "When Should Dental Sealants Be Applied? (.gov)
What Are Dental Sealants? (.gov)
Sealant Is Brushed On And Hardens In A Few Seconds (.gov)
School Dental Sealant Programs (.gov)
Last Resort For Tooth Ache Pain
One way to stop out of control pain from a tooth ache is to walk (pace if you have to) until the pain stops and then walk another couple of minutes. If the tooth ache hasn't stopped in 15 minutes, it's not going to stop. Walking can stop tooth ache pain from 5 to 30 minutes. If you're up late doing this, you can get so tired you fall asleep and sleep will stop pain for a while. Of course, it can give you a heart attack if you shouldn't be walking so much so late.
How To Whiten Your Teeth For Free Without Hydrogen Peroxide
Using saliva, food particles, and protein molecules in saliva, bacteria continuously form a sticky film on tooth enamel, on gums, in the crevice of the gumline, around dental fillings, and around food packed onto teeth. The film is called plaque. Plaque contains as much as 100 billion bacterium per mg.Bacteria Level In Plaque (.gov)
Minerals in saliva are necessary for maintaining tooth enamel, but at the same time minerals also harden plaque, forming what's called tartar. Tartar can form wherever plaque forms and is usually yellow but can be brown. Removing tartar usually requires scraping and sanding (with high grit toothpaste).
Since you already have an electric toothbrush for removing packed on food, the bonus is that using an electric toothbrush every other day for six weeks removes tartar from tooth enamel, revealing your teeth's much better natural fairly white color. The solution for yellow teeth is an electric toothbrush. If you happen to start using an electric toothbrush at the same time you start swishing with 3% hydrogen peroxide, don't think the 3% hydrogen peroxide is whitening your teeth, it's the electric toothbrush whitening your teeth by removing yellow tartar from tooth enamel. (People age 10 and younger shouldn't use tetracycline antibiotics (e.g. doxycycline) unless there's no other suitable antibiotic because it turns teeth yellow.)Tetracycline, Teeth
Hardening Your Tooth Enamel Is Just As Helpful As Hydrogen Peroxide, Reverse Osmosis Water Filtering Is Bad For Your Teeth
Tooth enamel dissolves when enamel exposure to food acids and bacterial acids is greater than the rate of enamel repair and maintenance. Tooth enamel wears off when abrasion is greater than repair. Enamel covers teeth above the gumline. Below the gumline a layer of cementum covers tooth roots, not enamel. Underneath both enamel and cementum is a layer of dentin. Dentin has microscopic tubules. When a tooth loses an area of enamel or cementum, heat, cold, acids pass though exposed dentin tubules to the root nerve, heating, chilling, or irritating the root nerve, causing very minor pain ("sensitivity") for some, a lot of pain for others. (Heat and cold can also reach root nerves by heating and chilling metal fillings.)
There are two products sold to reduce sensitivity by hardening enamel (filling microscopic holes in enamel). Sensodyne and Elmex are home use fluoride products, but excess fluoride causes fluorosis. Novamin is a combination of minerals found in saliva, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, and silicon. The American Dental Association says the 4-mineral product works better than the fluoride products.Effectiveness Study Of Tooth Enamel Hardening
Hardening Teeth Reduces Sensitive Teeth
The level of minerals in drinking water affects the hardness of drinking water, which affects the hardness of tooth enamel. The water treatment plant in your area can tell you the level of calcium in your water. Calcium carbonate level of 0 to 60 mg/L is classified as soft water, 61 to 120 mg/L as moderately hard, 121 to 180 mg/L as hard, and more than 180 mg/L as very hard. The EPA doesn't require measurement of phosphorus and silicon in tap water. Foods rich in protein are rich in phosphorus and therefore phosphorus level in saliva would likely be normal for those who get plenty of protein from their diet. The milling of grain into flour removes 90% of the silicon from whole grain. Good sources of silicon are whole wheat, whole rice, whole rye, and whole oats.
Reverse osmosis filters are bad for teeth because they filter out minerals. According to one site on water filtration, “Reverse osmosis is extremely efficient at stripping minerals from water….”.HistoryofWaterFilters.com, First 2 ¶
Enamel and Food Acids
Liquids with a pH less than 7 are acids. The lower the pH number the stronger the acid. Store bought 3% hydrogen peroxide has a pH of 5.5 to 6.0 depending on brand. Soda (pH between 2 and 5), yogurt (about pH 4.0), and even fruit and fruit juice (pH between 2.5 and 4.5) are more acidic than hydrogen peroxide.
Tooth enamel is highly packed calcium phosphate crystals and is even harder than bone, but the stronger an acid the more enamel an acid will dissolve. The more times an acid comes in physical contact with tooth enamel the more enamel the acid will dissolve. (Dissolve enamel means separate calcium from phosphorus by breaking the bond between calcium from phosphorus).Added Sugar in Raisin Cereals Increases Acidity of Dental Plaque
The most common cause of food acids dissolving tooth enamel, especially tooth enamel of front teeth, is numerous sips of soda. People who let their teeth go and lose their front teeth first drink a lot of soda. Those who lose their front teeth last don't drink nearly as much soda and have their front teeth longest due to the natural calcium in water in beverages. The more times you take a drink or a sip of an acidic beverage the more times the acid of the beverage comes in contact with your tooth enamel. So if you're going to drink something that has a low pH, it's best for your teeth to drink it with fewer sips (like during or after a meal) and not drink it little sip after little sip, as you might do while watching a movie or working on something. Do your teeth a favor, drink fruit juice during meals, don't drink soda at all, for frequent sipping drink something with a much healthier pH (preferably with little or no sugar) like ice water, milk, milk with ice, flavored water.
Don't confuse low pH beverages with beverages that lower pH of the body. Orange juice has a low pH but it raises pH of the body. Soda also has a low pH, but unlike orange juice, soda lowers pH of the body. Beverages that lower pH of the body wear down the body.Why A Food Would Lower Or Raise Your pH
What Is The pH Of Hydrogen Peroxide?
Pure hydrogen peroxide has an alkaline pH, but pure hydrogen peroxide is highly unstable and quickly breaks down into oxygen and water. The 3% hydrogen peroxide in grocery stores contains stabilizers to prevent hydrogen peroxide from breaking down. The stabilizers are acidic causing the pH of 3% hydrogen peroxide product to have an acidic pH of about 5.5 to 6.0.
Dental Fillings and Acids
Silver/gray metal fillings are made of mercury and silver and are called amalgam fillings. Acid separates mercury from silver. After 20 years time or so, 95% of the mercury of the surface of amalgam is lost (swallowed) due to the acidity of many foods and saliva. Aged fillings contain beta-mercuric sulfide or metacinnabar, which are considered much less toxic forms of mercury. If you're concerned about mercury in your dental fillings, drinking fruit juices (most have a low pH) is reasonable because you have to eat, but drinking soda (very acidic) is not reasonable - soda is not food. Chewable vitamin C is even more acidic than soda, avoid both like the plague. If you're thinking about having your mercury filling removed, get a hair analysis for mercury first.Aged Amalgam Fillings
More On Gingivitis
Healthy gums are pink, are not swollen, and don't easily bleed. There's no germ or bacterium named "gingivitis". The term gingivitis is Latin for "inflammation of the gums". Inflammation is the immune system's reaction when it finds bacteria. The immune system surrounds bacteria with inflammation (build up of water (plasma)) to make it difficult for bacteria to move and easier for immune cells to find bacteria. The pressure of inflammation slows or stops blood flow in small blood vessels, causing reddening of gums.Gingivitis (.gov)
When the number of bacteria infecting (getting into) gums is much greater than the number of bacteria the immune system can get to, gums begin to swell from so much inflammation. The swelling can push blood out of small vessels, causing reddened gums to turn pink. You can't get hydrogen peroxide to bacteria in gums, but if you use hydrogen peroxide to prevent anymore bacteria from getting into gums, with a little time the immune system will get to the bacteria that have infected gums. A little salt also kills dental bacteria and because salt dissolves in water, it can reach some bacteria that have infected gums.Severe Gingivitis (Trench Mouth) (.gov)
Gingivitis can develop into periodontitis. In periodontitis bacteria infect jaw bone causing bone loss in the sockets of the jaw that anchor teeth to the jaw, causing irreversible symptoms of loose teeth and tooth loss. Hydrogen peroxide cannot reach the bacteria that have reached bone, but the immune system can. If the supply of bacteria from gums to bone is stopped, the immune system can remove bacteria that have reached bone.Periodontitis (.gov)
Fact Sheet On Periodontal Disease (.gov)
Dentists And Gingivitis
When you've gotten control of bacteria, you won't have gums that bleed easily when flossed and you won't have reddened nor swollen gums. Much of the damage caused by bacteria is permanent. Gums that have receded don't come back. Loose teeth caused by receding jaw bone stay loose because jaw bone doesn't rebuild. A dentist seeing receded gums and loose teeth might say you have gingivitis. If you have receded gums and/or loose teeth or other permanent damage from gingivitis but don't have bleeding gums and don't have swollen nor reddened gums, you very likely don't have gingivitis but rather HAD gingivitis. Be sure to ask what he (or she) sees that makes him say you have gingivitis. Some dentists won't tell you anything; the less customers know, the less effort they put into fighting bacteria, the more damage bacteria cause, the more business for the dentist.
Avoid the pain and crisis of toothaches, the look and feel of bad teeth, bills from your dentist, the anxiety of sitting in a dentist's waiting for the grand dental work experience - 20 minutes to 2 hours of x-raying, injections, drilling, and filling by putting in the effort needed to take care of your teeth. And after all that still losing your teeth. Those who are poor or cheap should find a way to afford hydrogen peroxide, an electric tooth brush, and floss picks, because a lifetime of dental work is 100 times more expensive.
I get no respect, no respect at all. I told my dentist, "Hey Doc, my teeth are going yellow." He told me to wear a brown necktie. — Rodney Dangerfield
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