Is1% hydrogen peroxide safe to rinse with for whitening?
Also at the moment I use colgate optic white enamel white luminous mint. Is it safe to not rinse after brushing with that paste or will it cause problems. I read after brushing its good to spit but not rinse mouth out.

Dear Marc:
Sorry for the delay.  I try to answer questions as they come in but yours got lost in the shuffle.  I actually tried to find the answers I had given several times already on the same subject.
The long and the short of it is the following:
1. The only thing that actually cleans our teeth is the actual act of brushing!  Physical removal of the bacterial plaque is the only way to stave off periodontal disease and carries (tooth decay).  If you like a regular hand held brush, it is great.  Studies have shown that properly used electrical brushes can improve oral hygiene somewhat.
2. Flossing is the only other action that can help elevate the level of your oral hygiene.
3. All other adjuncts, including rinses, show only marginal improvement in oral hygiene.  Concentrate on what we know that works well. Chlorhexidine (Peridex) is the only mouthwash which has been proven to be effective.  It will stain your teeth, and should be used for a limited time and only by prescription. All other mouthwashes, give you nice refreshing breath for a few minutes.  That is all.  
4. PEROXIDE IS NOT A MOUTHWASH.  STOP using it and stop wasting your money and time.
5. Toothpaste is used to lubricate the teeth and gums, and to make the brushing more pleasurable.  Pick whatever toothpaste tastes good to you, and an approval seal of the American Dental Association is a good way to make sure the toothpaste is acceptable.

I am very glad that you are taking your oral hygiene seriously. However, there is no need to go overboard with things that show very little advantage to them, yet take away the emphasis from what really works.
Brush and floss your teeth, and go see your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning.  You will do just fine.
Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman


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Zev Kaufman, D.D.S.


I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.


Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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