Charcoal Toothpaste- Looking Beyond the Hype

charcoal whitening myths charcoal whitening unsafe for teeth philadelphia pa dentistCharcoal teeth whitening- it is all over social media and is being marketed as a DIY teeth whitening option, but is charcoal teeth whitening really safe or effective?

In an article published by Dentistry Today, Charcoal Toothpaste May Wear Down Enamel, dental students take a closer look at the research recently conducted at Creighton University School of Dentistry on the effects of charcoal whitening on your oral health.

What the study reveals is that while charcoal whitening options may temporarily produce slightly whiter teeth, it comes at a cost and often results in long term damage to the enamel of the teeth.

“Enamel does not grow back. And once the charcoal gets into the dentin, the teeth start to get gray. “ Ben Huber, Student Researcher

The gritty texture of the charcoal cleaners can wear away the protective layer of enamel on your teeth. Over time, teeth can become more discolored from the very product purchased to reverse discoloration.

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Professional Teeth Whitening A Better Way To Whiten Teeth

Dr. Doray always recommends that patients seeking a whiter smile consult their dentist before trying any over the counter whitening options. Professional teeth whitening gels are safer and more effective than alternatives and can be customized to meet your goals by your trained dentist. These gels are specially designed to reduce the side effects of other whitening options.

At our Philadelphia, PA dentist office we provide patients with personalized cosmetic solutions for achieving a healthy and whiter smile. Dr. Doray offers in-office deep bleaching or custom take-home teeth whitening kits.

To learn more about how you can safely and effectively whiten your smile, contact Dr. Pamela Doray at (215) 395-6076 or request your cosmetic consultation online.