Charcoal Toothpaste – Does it work? Should I Use it?

Charcoal Toothpaste – Does it work? Should I Use it?

              You may have seen ads on Facebook and TV shows about Charcoal Toothpaste and other toothpastes such as AP-24 and their shocking before and after results. How do these toothpastes work and are they right for you? The American Dental Association  and the Center City Philadelphia Dentists at Noble Dental warn patients that these toothpastes are found to be extremely abrasive. Our teeth are made up of two structures: enamel and dentin. Enamel is the hard white structure on the outside of our teeth, while dentin is a more yellow softer structure inside enamel. The extreme abrasiveness of these toothpaste products are able to achieve the bright white results because they are removing layers of your enamel, which appears to whiten your teeth. However, removing layers of enamel could eventually make your teeth more yellow since removing enamel will allow the yellow dentin to show through. Removing layers of enamel not only can make your teeth appear more yellow, but can leave you more prone to cavities and sensitivity. While at Noble Dental, as some of the best dentists in Center City Philadelphia, we can help patients with sensitivity and cavities, but first we want to inform our patients on how to prevent them from occurring.
          If you are looking for whitening options, look for toothpastes and whitening products with the ADA seal of approval. If you still are unhappy with the results from over the counter products, come talk to your Center City Philadelphia dentists at Noble Dental. We will discuss with you your whitening options which include at-home whitening kits as well as in-office whitening options. Do you have sensitivity because of whitening? Sometimes the sensitivity is due to poor fitting trays, which causes gingival irritation from the bleaching products. At Noble Dental, being some of the best dentists in Philadelphia, we make sure your trays are a good fit to minimize gingival irritation. We also suggest to our patients to use Sensodyne for a few weeks prior to using bleaching products.

Your Center City Philadelphia Dentists at Noble Dental are here to help you achieve the smile you always wanted, but in a safe and effective way! Come in and see us today!

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