Porcelain Veneers and Homemade Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash – Are They a Good Match?
“Rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide.” That’s advice that many people have heard for years. But is it really good advice? And what if you have porcelain veneers? Is your homemade mouthwash cocktail still worthwhile?
The Effects of Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Mouth
As you rinse your mouth with it, hydrogen peroxide bubbles and releases oxygen. What’s the result?
- The oxygen kills harmful bacteria that promote gum disease.
- Beneficial microbes are also killed.
- The absence of good bacteria causes other microorganisms, including yeast, to thrive.
- Extended use (approximately two weeks or longer) of hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth will cause candida albicans to grow. The result is an oral yeast infection that will cause the tissue inside your mouth to become white and peel. The tissue will be red, raw, and painful.
What Should You Do?
If you wear porcelain veneers, there is a need for caution with the type of mouthwash you use. Mouthwash that contains alcohol softens the bonding that secures veneers to your teeth, and it will promote staining. Diligent oral hygiene limits the need for mouthwash.
- Brush your teeth with non-abrasive toothpaste twice daily.
- Floss daily.
- If you still need mouthwash, ensure its alcohol free.
Prolong the Life of Your Veneers
- Maintain regular exam and cleaning appointments – Ensure that your exams and cleanings are only completed by a dentist and hygienist who are trained in proper maintenance of porcelain veneers. Power polishing equipment should never be used on veneers.
- Wear a mouth guard – Wear a custom mouth guard if you play contact sports.
- Wear an oral appliance at night – If you grind your teeth at night, tell your dentist. Wearing an oral appliance at night will protect your teeth.
- Use a sonic toothbrush – The soft, vibrating bristles of a sonic toothbrush will clean and polish your porcelain veneers.
- Limit snacks and sugar intake – Sugary foods and drink promote bacteria and decay, and so does frequent snacking.
If you practice diligent oral hygiene but still have problems with bad breath, speak with your dentist. Certain dental and medical issues, as well as certain prescription medications, can cause strong odors on your breath. Your dentist can help determine the cause of the odor and recommend steps to address it.
This post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley. Find out why she has repeatedly been voted a top dentist by NJ Monthly Magazine.