Whitening mouthwash is like regular mouthwash -- it cleans your mouth and fights bad breath by killing bacteria -- but it also whitens your teeth. Basically, it’s one step above typical mouthwash.
In most cases, hydrogen peroxide is the main ingredient in most mouthwashes. Even though dental-grade whitening mouthwashes have a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, at-home mouthwashes are still super effective.
How To Choose Best Teeth Whitening Mouthwash?
Not all teeth whitening mouthwash products are equal. There are certain types and ingredients that you should avoid as well as things that you absolutely need in your mouthwash.
What You Want
First, you want a mouthwash with hydrogen peroxide in it.
Some people say it’s not safe and that it can damage your teeth and gums, but that’s only if you use too much or a too high of a concentration. It’s a bleaching agent that’s diluted down and mixed with other ingredients.
So you’ll want to make sure it’s a reliable mouthwash, one that’s been tested and approved by dentists.
Another thing you’ll want in a mouthwash is no alcohol.
Oral cleaning and whitening products that include alcohol can lead to dry mouth. Lacking sufficient saliva can lead to bacteria that can harm your mouth tissues and bad breath.
So when you’re picking out a whitening mouthwash, look for one that says “alcohol-free.”
Also, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist before choosing a whitening mouthwash. They are the most knowledgeable party when it comes to this market.
What You Don’t Want
One thing you definitely don’t want to do is make your own mouthwash. DIY whitening mouthwash -- like using straight hydrogen mouthwash -- is not only dangerous but it’s ineffective.
Another thing to avoid is Hydrated Silica, a whitening agent. Although it’s effective, it can be highly dangerous and cause problems with your oral and overall health. The thing that makes it dangerous is the crystallized compound that can harm your enamel.
How To Use Whitening Mouthwash?
The most important thing about using whitening mouthwash is to use it regularly (as directed). Usually, this means using it daily.
It’s also important to have good overall oral health, so brushing and flossing daily is also very important in getting the most out of your whitening mouthwash. Mouthwash is definitely not a substitute for taking care of your teeth and gums.
And again, the first step in using any whitening mouthwash is to check with your dentist. It is possible to do too much whitening, so getting professional advice along the way is very important.
Does Whitening Mouthwash Work?
At this point, evidence for the effectiveness of whitening mouthwash is anecdotal and lacks scientific research. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. Everyone has a different mouth that may react to different whitening mouthwashes differently.
However, many dental professional recommend whitening mouthwash to replace your regular mouthwash. The whitening mouthwashes not only clean your teeth but also whiten them. It’s a win-win.
The question is whether whitening mouthwashes take care of what causes yellow teeth or not.
Whitening Mouthwash Side EffectsThere are some side effects to using whitening mouthwash you should be aware of. Let’s briefly go over them:
- Can irritate canker sores: if you get a mouthwash with alcohol in it, the alcohol can irritate any sores you have in your mouth. The pain it causes may make you think that it’s eradicating the sore, but it’s actually making it worse.
- Doesn’t actually kill bad breath: mouthwash can lead to fresher breath, but only temporarily. If your oral hygiene isn’t good, then it doesn’t matter how much you use mouthwash. The bacteria is still there and can’t be removed by just mouthwash.
- It’s associated with oral cancer: it’s hotly debated, but some studies have linked mouthwashes with alcohol to oral cancer. There’s no definitive answer, but it is something that’s come up in the discussion.
Alternatives For Teeth Whitening Mouthwash
If you’re not comfortable with teeth whitening mouthwash, you can look into alternatives. One of the best options is a teeth whitening kit with an LED light, like we have here at AuraGlow. These types of kits include teeth whitening trays that have whitening gel on them, which you insert into your mouth followed by the LED light. The light speeds up the whitening process.
Dentists use LED lighting in their offices because they know it works better than other teeth whitening products, including mouthwash. And you can get that pro-level whitening at home with our whitening kits.
Our kits are much more effective than toothpaste and mouthwash from other companies, like Listerine, Crest, or Colgate.
You can compare and contrast and learn more about us right here.