Sep 16 2018
Whiter teeth are on the wish list of almost every dental patient. One of the latest fads for whiter teeth is charcoal toothpaste. It can be found almost anywhere including the trendy boutiques. Your favorite celebrities can be seen using it on their social media accounts. But is it safe and effective? Charcoal toothpastes claim the use of activated charcoal to scrub the enamel of the tooth will remove toxins from the teeth and gums, which can lift stains from the teeth. According to the American Dental Association, there is no evidence that these products are safe or effective. Using products that are too abrasive can actually cause damage to your teeth by wearing away the enamel. Also, these products generally do not contain fluoride which protects your teeth from decay. It is recommended that products with ADA symbol be used for over the counter whitening. If these products aren’t giving you desired results, give us a call for information about the whitening options available at our office.
Jane, Dental Assistant