Yes, it is safe, easy to use, effective and has no contraindications for use as a mild antiseptic mouthrinse.
Clorox bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is one of the most potent antiseptic and disinfective agents against bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Sodium hypochlorite occurs naturally in human white blood cells (neutrophils, monocytes, and macrophages). This is the way your own body’s immune system cells fight off bad bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Sodium hypochlorite does not evoke allergic reactions, is not carcinogenic, is not mutagenic and has a century long safety record. It has been used since 1732 to treat wounds, is used in hospitals, animal facilities, and in the human drinking water supply for a century.
Sodium hypochlorite has been used in dentistry for more than a century. The ADA has designated dilute sodium hypochlorite solution as a “mild antiseptic mouthrinse” and has no contraindications.
The dilution of regular Clorox bleach (no scents, perfumes added, and not concentrated) is made by adding a little less than 2 teaspoons of bleach to 1 cup (8ozs) of drinking water. Mix gently and swish a mouthful of the mixture for 30 seconds. Spit out the extra and avoid rinsing with water for 30 minutes. This mouthrinse is used 2 times a week.
At this dilution the mouthrinse is cheap, safe, effective, and easy to use. This additional home care technique will help fight gum disease, can reduce tooth sensitivities and alkalizes the mouth.
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“Low cost periodontal therapy” , Jorgen Slots, Periodontology 2000, vol. 60, 21012, pp. 110-137.
Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Lawrence