I tend to like homemade things. I have always made my own mouthwash. I want to know if it is safe to use on my new porcelain veneers. Here is my recipe:
4 oz. water (boiled or filtered)
4 oz. hydrogen peroxide
1 tsp. Sea Salt
I love that you make your own products. One thing to beware of in your ingredients doesn’t have anything to do with your porcelain veneers. Instead, if used too much it can cause you some oral health problems. One of your main ingredients is hydrogen peroxide. While this is great at killing your bad bacteria, it will also kill your good bacteria as well.
If you use it periodically or for the short term, you should be fine. However, if you use it more than two weeks, you will very likely end up with an oral yeast infection. That will feel miserable.
What Mouthwash Can Hurt Porcelain Veneers?
If you ever decide to purchase an over the counter type of mouthwash, the one ingredient you really need to look out for is alcohol. Any mouthwash which has alcohol in it, will end up dissolving the bonding on your porcelain veneers. That is the last thing you want. The key is to check the ingredients to make sure what you have is alcohol-free.
One other thing to be careful of is that when you go in for your cleanings and checkups. Make certain your hygienist doesn’t use anything like a prophy jet or acidulated fluoride during your cleaning. Both of those things will end up damaging the protective glazing on your veneers, which will lead to staining. You cannot simply do teeth whitening on veneers, the way that you do with stained natural teeth. Instead, your dentist would have to replace your veneers.
This blog is brought to you by Lexington, KY Dentist Dr. Fred Arnold.