Is Charcoal Tooth Whitening Dangerous?

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It doesn’t take much to experience tooth discoloration– especially for those coffee, wine and tea drinkers! While dietary choices certainly make an impact on your tooth shade, smoking and aging are common contributors too. 

Nowadays, whitening your teeth at home is easier than ever before. There are dozens of popular products available, many which have our personal approval. Some of the newer teeth whitening trends revolve around activated charcoal, a powder commonly used in supplements, soaps, shampoos, face masks, and you guessed it— toothpaste. 

Activated charcoal has many benefits to the body– but is it safe for your teeth? Charcoal toothpastes have become so popular due to the bright and beautiful results, however, many people may not realize the harsh effects charcoal has on your enamel. 

Is Charcoal Tooth Whitening Dangerous?

Charcoal in any form is abrasive. Abrasive products like this can erode your tooth enamel, leaving your smile more susceptible to cavities and gum recession. When you lose enamel, your teeth can often feel sensitive and appear yellow in color, despite the efforts to whiten your smile. When waying out the pros and cons of charcoal toothpaste, be sure to consider some of these drawbacks… 

They’re Abrasive– Charcoal toothpastes and whitening products are abrasive. This grittiness can harm your enamel and lead to future problems down the line.

It Can Cause Sensitivity– When enamel is worn down, it typically comes with increased sensitivity. Brushing with abrasive products not only puts your enamel at harm, it can damage your gums, leading to uncomfortable scratches or recession. 

Damaging To Your Restorations– Just as charcoal can scratch the gums and enamel, it can also be harmful to your restorations too.

Alright, what’s the verdict? Charcoal toothpastes are fine to use– just in moderation! For those of you looking to achieve a long-lasting white smile, keep in mind that we offer professional teeth whitening options to ensure you achieve the brightest, healthiest result! 

Professional  and At-Home Teeth Whitening From Wellspring Dental

So that you are receiving the best treatment on the market, Wellspring Dental offers GLO Whitening, the newest, dentist-invented whitening system that delivers remarkable results with no sensitivity! 

Choose from both instant, in-office GLO whitening or take-home trays with Guided Light Optics (G.L.O.) technology to accelerate your results and treat your smile safely. Interested in booking an appointment? Be sure to reach out to our team to schedule a visit at one of our four locations! 

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