Can I whiten my teeth with Clorox bleach?


I was wondering if it was possible gargle with Clorox bleach to whiten your teeth? I thought I should check before trying it. I want to get my teeth whitened, but don’t want to have to go to a dentist every week.

Brent W. -Little Rock


I’m glad you checked. No, absolutely do not use a household bleach as a gargle to whiten your teeth. Bleach is a corrosive and can burn your living tissue. Plus, if it comes in contact with certain other chemicals it releases a toxic gas that can kill you. That is why they always say not to mix household cleaners.

I think somewhere you developed a misconception about teeth whitening. You don’t have to go to the dentist every week to get them whitened. Usually you are given trays to take home and wear on your teeth in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to go to the dentist to use the trays.

I wonder if you’re thinking of the in-office whitening method called Zoom Whitening? You do go in the dentist’s office to complete this procedure, but it only takes one appointment, and not weekly appointments.

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