Should You Switch to a Charcoal Toothpaste? Probably Not
Recently there's been a lot of interest in DIY teeth whitening using charcoal toothpaste because it seems like a natural, healthy approach for brightening your smile. But how effective is it and is it safe for your teeth?
The medical benefits of activated charcoal are well-documented. Because of its highly absorbent properties, it's often used in emergency rooms to help patients who have overdosed or ingested hazardous chemicals.
Activated charcoal is also highly abrasive, so dentists are concerned that overusing the product or misusing it can actually damage your teeth. And in September 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association published the results of a study that says there's no evidence that charcoal toothpaste is either safe or effective for teeth whitening.
When dental enamel wears away, it's lost for good. If the top layer of enamel thins because you brush too aggressively with charcoal products, your teeth will end up looking even more yellow as the layer of dentin beneath becomes more apparent.
Advantages of Professional Whitening
Teeth whitening done under the supervision of a dental professional is the fastest, safest, and most affordable way to brighten a dull smile. Your dentist can customize your treatment with a prescription whitening gel in a strength that produces results but won't irritate sensitive gum tissue.
You can choose from a fast, in-office whitening, or you can whiten at your leisure at home. Customized whitening trays are fabricated using impressions of your teeth for a perfect fit and uniform whitening of all surfaces of your teeth.
Most importantly, if there's a problem or you have questions, you have a knowledgeable professional to turn to.
Your Brighter Smile Awaits!
If you are looking for a dentist in Orangeburg who can provide safe, effective professional whitening, please call Premier Dental to arrange an appointment. We will review our whitening options and help you decide which best fits your needs.