One question I get often, and I suspect other dentists get it as well, is when people ask if they can bleach their teeth at home with their Clorox bleach. There are various variations of proposed methodologies, from “painting” it on to swishing it in their mouth every morning. Either way, I don’t recommend it. Here is why.
First, the ingredient in household bleach is a strong base, sort of like Lye. It is highly corrosive and can burn living tissue. You don’t want to paint it on your teeth because they will be corroded by regular contact with the bleach. You also don’t want to swish it in your mouth because it will burn your gums and the sides of your mouth.
Ironically, it is a great disinfectant, which is why it is used in cleaning so often. Dentists will use it in root canal treatments as well. Those who use it will use it to clean out dead organic tissue in the canals.
The safest way to whiten your teeth is through a dentist. If cost is the issue, there are affordable dentists who will be willing to work with you. Many of them have payment plans that will allow you to pay out your treatment in increments you can afford.
This blog is brought to you by Ahwatukee Dentist Dr. Harveer Kaur.