I often have people write to ask if hydrogen peroxide mouthwash will eliminate bad breath.
Here’s the scoop:
Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) is not sold to the public in its purest form. In fact, the brown bottles you pick up at the drug store are actually only 3% hydrogen peroxide – the rest is water. The reason it is stored in brown bottles is because it will break down rapidly if it is exposed to bright light.
While it is true that what you are buying is watered down, the commercial 3% solution is adequate for its anti-bacterial qualities.
Many doctors and dentists prescribe it as a mouthwash for a variety of ailments. What kind? Hydrogen peroxide is a common treatment for trench mouth, canker sores, mouth sores, mouth abrasions and infections.
Just to keep everything equal, however, some studies show that extended use (holding it in the mouth for long periods of time) may soften tooth surfaces. So if you make this practice a habit in order to whiten your teeth – check with your dentist. He or she may seriously advise against it!
How do you make hydrogen peroxide mouthwash?
Pour out a couple of ounces into a glass, and mix with an equal amount of water. You can then gargle it and swish it in your mouth for a minute or two. Be certain that you do not swallow. If you have any questions, just follow the label directions.
You now have a safe and effective mouthwash that will, it has been shown, aid in controlling bad breath in many people – but not everyone!
Why does it work for some and not others? As I found out while researching The Bad Breath Treatment Guide, bad breath is caused by a variety of different things.
When foul breath is caused by germs or bacteria in the mouth – which is the most common cause – then hydrogen peroxide, with its antibacterial, oxygenating qualities, is an excellent natural remedy.
On the other hand, if your bad breath is caused by digestive problems, or other more serious medical problems, then hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, while refreshing, will probably not eliminate your problem.
Keep in mind, that some serious medical problems like kidney disease, liver disease, HIV, problem insulin levels, and others, can cause bad breath. It would be a good idea to discuss the problem next time you see your doctor.
I hope this answers your question, and that you enjoy the fresh breath you will get when you gargle with hydrogen peroxide mouthwash!