Guide To The Healthy Uses Of Hydrogen Peroxide

Mouth Rinse To Kill Germs

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Hydrogen peroxide can also be used as an effective mouth rinse to kill germs. It helps remove mucus from an individual's mouth. This can help individuals deal with a condition like postnasal drip. Hydrogen peroxide can also effectively relieve minor irritation in the mouth, such as irritation caused by gingivitis or canker sores. When hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with an individual's mouth, it releases oxygen, which leads to foaming. The foam gathers up dead skin, bacteria, and other germs to help clean and disinfect the area. 

If individuals use hydrogen peroxide to rinse their mouth, they should mix the solution with equal parts water beforehand. They should swish the solution around their mouth over the irritated area for a minimum of one minute before spitting it out. Individuals should not gargle or swallow hydrogen peroxide when they are using it in a mouth rinse solution. If they do swallow hydrogen peroxide, they should call Poison Control. Most individuals can rinse their mouth up to four times each day with a hydrogen peroxide solution. They may, however, follow specific instructions from their doctor or dentist.

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