I have a friend who has pretty white teeth. I asked her which teeth whitening she uses and she told me she just rinses with Clorox Bleach every day. Is that safe?
I am always amazed at the creative questions we sometimes get here. I think this one is a first for me. So there are a couple of things to consider here. First, Clorox (chemically speaking) is a strong base. Think of Lye and that might give you an idea of what I mean. Because of its base strength, it is highly corrosive to organic tissue.
As an example, many dentists use a household bleach curing root canal treatments. It is a method we learned in dental school to help dissolve any organic debris left inside a cleaned out root. It also disinfects the tooth. Notice we’re using it to dissolve something.
A second consideration is when bleach comes into contact with certain other types of chemicals, it will release chlorine gas, which is toxic.
Finally, there is the label on the back of the bottle that says it is a violation of federal law to use it in any way other than what it was manufactured for. If you’ve already pulled the tag off your mattress, that is two strikes and you could end up in “the pen” for a long time.
Healthy Teeth Whitening
The most effective and safest way to whiten your teeth is with a dentist. Generally, they offer two options for you. The first is take-home whitening. This lets you have more control over how white your teeth get. Once you reach the level of whitening you want, you can simply stop using the whitening gel.
A second option is Zoom Whitening. This is done in the dentist’s office and will get your teeth their whitest in just one appointment. This has the advantage of being the fastest, but if you just want a mild whitening, this will whiten beyond that.
Plus, you won’t have to worry about the bleach or mattress police.
This blog is brought to you by New Orleans Dentist Dr. Duane Delaune.