Will Charcoal Toothpaste really whiten my teeth?

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.

Charcoal is also very messy! It can stain your sink and tile grout, but more importantly, it can stain composite fillings, veneers and crowns.

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.


About Jessica A. Goldenberg, DDS

Dr. Joel Goldenberg started his dental practice after graduating from the USC School of Dentistry in 1983. He is committed to excellence in dentistry. Dr. Goldenberg is a member of the CDA (California Dental Association), ADA (American Dental Association), AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry and is a member with the Santa Barbara-Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Goldenberg is well-known for educating his patients and involving them in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. He is very conservative, honest, and appreciates the artistic side of dentistry. For the past five years Dr. Goldenberg has traveled to Honduras with his wife and other local physicians and nurses to provide medical and dental care at a free clinic. Dr. Jessica Goldenberg was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Southern California (USC) for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from USC with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued with the Trojan Family at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Goldenberg was the recipient of the prestigious Rex Ingram Award for Excellence in Clinical Operative Dentistry. She is a member of the California Dental Association (CDA), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Santa Barbara- Ventura County Dental Society. Dr. Jessica loves working with patients of all ages, especially families and children. It is important to her to make pediatric dental visits fun and enjoyable. She also enjoys making beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry. She prides herself on always being honest and providing conservative dental care.
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