There are always new products or recommendations coming out to improve our health or appearance, but are they safe? Do they work? At Goldenberg Family Dentistry it is important to us that our patients are educated and informed about the products they are using for their oral health.
Charcoal Tooth Whitening
The new fad in teeth whitening is activated charcoal. It comes as a toothpaste or in a tub or capsule. They claim that they will whiten your teeth simply by brushing on the abrasive charcoal. However, it is just that- abrasive!
For starters, there is no evidence that shows these products are safe or effective as reported in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg explains that using any abrasive material on your teeth, including baking soda, can remove some surface stains caused by coffee, tea or other dark foods. However, it can also remove some of the outer enamel layer of your teeth. The enamel is the part of your teeth you want to whiten and by removing it exposes the second, yellow later called dentin. This can actually make your teeth look more yellow and cause sensitivity.
Both Dr. Joel Goldenberg and Dr. Jessica Goldenberg recommend trying a whitening toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. With the ADA seal you know the product you have chosen is safe and effective. If whitening toothpaste is no longer giving you a bright white smile, call our office to set up an appointment to discuss your professional whitening options.