10 Sep Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe to Use?
Cosmetic dentistry in Bradenton is in high demand. According to Bradenton dentist Dr. Tiffany Boyd, many patients are looking for ways to whiten their teeth.
The demand for teeth whitening services shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Open a magazine, turn on your TV or stream a movie on your tablet – wherever you look you are sure to see people with dazzlingly white smiles. Of course, you’re going to want your own smile to look that good. Who wouldn’t?!
The Dark Side of Charcoal Toothpaste
Charcoal toothpaste is among the newer over-the-counter options available to those wanting to brighten their smile. It has gained a lot of attention in wellness circles, but Dr. Tiffany recommends caution.
“Activated charcoal — the type used in beauty products and toothpaste — is a fine grain powder made from wood, coconut shells, and other natural substances that are oxidized under extreme heat,” the health experts at Healthline explain. “Activated charcoal in toothpaste may help remove surface stains on your teeth…There is no evidence, though, that it has any effect on stains below a tooth’s enamel, or that it has a natural whitening effect.”
In addition to questions regarding its efficacy, charcoal toothpaste comes with some risks. According to Healthline, the cons associated with charcoal toothpaste include:
- Abrasiveness, which can damage the enamel on your teeth ultimately causing them to yellow and become more sensitive.
- Lack of fluoride, which is a powerful tool in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay.
- Possibility of staining – imagine wanting whiter teeth and ending up with dark lines or greying on your tooth’s surface or on dental work, such as veneers, crowns and even fillings.
In Search of a Dazzling Smile
When it comes to getting your teeth whitened you have several safe and effective options, ranging from over-the-counter products, like whitening strips, to professional services rendered by an experienced cosmetic dentist in Bradenton, like Dr. Tiffany, such as bleaching and porcelain veneers.
If you have questions about the best way to whiten your teeth, contact Braden River Dental in Bradenton, Florida.