Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste for Whitening?

Charcoal toothpaste for whitening

There has been a recent fad or interest in Nashville directed towards brushing your teeth with charcoal toothpastes to get teeth whitening results. I am afraid I have bad news for those of you who may be excited about this. The American Dental Association warns that these charcoal products are too abrasive and wear away enamel. Also, there have been reports of the charcoal causing pain and inflammation to gums. So, please be aware.

There are good whitening toothpastes on the market (without charcoal). These include Colgate total, Colgate optic white, and Crest 3D white. Personally, I like using Listerine whitening mouth wash instead of the whitening tooth pastes. I have had good results with this mouth wash.

These products work best as a supplement for professional whitening from a dental office. This includes the traditional bleach tray mouth pieces with the bleaching gel and/or the Zoom in office bleach treatments.

During and after undergoing the dental office bleaching treatments, using these products will enhance the whitening result that you receive. This is where I have seen the most effectiveness of any toothpaste regarding teeth whitening.

Yours in dental health,

Dr. David Roach

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Dr. David Roach Nashville Dentist - Our Fearless Leader!

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