Posts for: January, 2017
Have you heard all the hype about charcoal toothpaste and wondered if it's true? Dr. Alexander Smith, your Westminster, CO dentist, shares information that will help you decide if the toothpaste is a good option for you.
Why use activated charcoal toothpaste?
Activated charcoal, a substance used to treat gastrointestinal problems and snake bites, can also whiten teeth and may decrease your cavity risk by changing the pH level of your mouth. Heating the charcoal activates it, which helps prevent the absorption of toxins when you use it. You can buy charcoal powder and sprinkle it over your toothbrush before wetting it or buy toothpaste that contains charcoal. The charcoal binds to coffee, tea, wine and other types of surface stains, eliminating discoloration.
Does using activated charcoal toothpaste have any disadvantages?
Because charcoal powder is abrasive, it may erode your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, once your tooth enamel is gone, there's no way to restore it naturally. If you do experience erosion problems, your teeth may start to look duller, not brighter, due to the exposure of the darker dentin layer of your teeth. Erosion can also increase your risk of tooth decay.
Using activated charcoal may also cause tooth or gum sensitivity for some people. It's a good idea to avoid the toothpaste or powder if you already have sensitivity. Charcoal may discolor veneers, crowns, bridges, composite resin fillings or other dental restorations. Check with your dentist before using the toothpaste if you're concerned about your restorations.
Is there another option with your Westminster dentist?
Professional teeth whitening treatment can whiten your teeth without damaging your teeth or gums. During in-office treatments, your dentist applies a special gel to your teeth and roots to protect them, uses retractors to pull your lips and cheeks from your teeth, and brushes a hydrogen peroxide solution on to your teeth. In just an hour, you'll experience impressive results without harming your enamel.
Protect your smile by avoiding abrasive toothpastes that can damage your enamel. If it's time for your next appointment or you would like to try professional whitening, call Dr. Smith, your Westminster, CO dentist, at (303) 427-8690 to schedule an appointment.