Charcoal Toothpaste: Whiter Teeth or Dormant Disaster?

September 18, 2019

Its time for another checkup from Diamond Dental!

A New Trend: Charcoal Toothpaste
Teeth whitening is one of the most desired dental treatments and in some cases can be done at home. In particular, the use of charcoal toothpaste has become a popular whitening method. It has been known to work although there are many pros and cons to weigh. 

Since charcoal toothpaste is a new treatment its use it untested and may be problematic. Charcoal is rough and abrasive by nature and while studies show it can help remove stains on your teeth, daily use of it could lead to wearing down of tooth enamel. It is also widely known to contain high levels of carcinogenic chemicals and its long term effects on teeth are unknown.

Can You Do Whitening Yourself?

There are also plenty of natural, at-home remedies that have been known to provide similar results, such as baking soda or apple cider vinegar. There are also more extensive whitening treatments that have proven rates of success, many of which we offer at Diamond Dental. The desire to whiten our teeth is deeply embedded in our culture and is now more attainable than it ever has been. 

More recent studies have found some particles enter your gums and may not be removable without surgery. While your hygiene routine will keep you from needing a root canal and help reduce stuck food particulates, certain foods are more prone to making their way into your gums.The result is that your teeth might end up white but your gums may become discolored or blueish-grey. 

For Your Health

If you want to trust whitening your teeth to the experts, your dentist can effectively and safely whiten your teeth to a pearly shine.  Professional teeth whitening treatments can also give you longer-lasting results that are worry-free. Whitening treatments shouldn’t adversely affect the health of your teeth and there are so many whitening toothpastes and at-home treatments available. You shouldn’t have to resort to questionable or untested treatments for whiter, healthier teeth, so if you’re about to use charcoal toothpaste consider all your options or give us a call to discuss what we have available at Diamond Dental.

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