Charcoal whitening ads and videos seem to be everywhere I look these days; Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest - that mouth full of black foam just can’t be escaped. And while I can’t blame my patients or their parents for seeking affordable and natural treatments, it’s important for me to provide you with a professional perspective before you run to your nearest health food store for charcoal capsules. The truth is, charcoal whitening isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

The Claim
Charcoal whitening ads claim that brushing with charcoal is effective for teeth whitening because the charcoal absorbs all of the toxins and other materials that darken our teeth. Simply brush with the black powder and it will magically soak up all of the dinginess from your smile. Logically, this makes sense. Charcoal has been used to filter and absorb toxic materials for years and years.

The Truth
The truth is, charcoal whitening can be causing more damage than good. Approved whitening products seep beneath the enamel of your teeth to whiten the dentin. Charcoal whitening products, however, stay on the surface. The idea of whitening the surface of your teeth sounds good until you consider the amount of damage the scrubbing can do to your enamel. Once your enamel is gone, it’s gone for good and no longer functions to protect your teeth.

If you or your child are concerned with the color of your teeth, there are plenty of safe, American Dental Association approved whitening techniques available. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. I can’t wait to help you make your smile its brightest.

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