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Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work?

What your dentist in LaGrange wants you to knowcharcoal toothpaste, oral hygiene

Charcoal toothpaste has been around for a long time. Even the ancient Romans used it. You can now find ads and information all over social media, touting how great charcoal toothpaste is at whitening your teeth. So, should you use charcoal toothpaste to whiten teeth? Dr. James Maragos in LaGrange, IL, wants to help answer that question.

The answer is a firm NO you shouldn’t use charcoal toothpaste, ever! According to the American Dental Association charcoal is extremely abrasive. Over time, using charcoal toothpaste can wear away tooth enamel, leading to extreme tooth sensitivity and greater risk for tooth decay.

When you wear away tooth enamel, it exposes the layer underneath the enamel, called dentin. This dentin layer is actually yellow in color, so the net result is your smile will look yellower than before you began using charcoal toothpaste!

Instead of using charcoal toothpaste, why not try something that is safe with immediate and dramatic results? Why not try a professional teeth whitening treatment? Now, thanks to modern teeth whitening methods, you can whiten and brighten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. The results are long-lasting too. Your smile can stay white up to 5 years after treatment!

Dr. Maragos offers different whitening methods to choose from, depending on your preferences.

You can choose in-office whitening if you want a white smile in a hurry. Professional strength whitening gel is applied to your teeth and then activated with a high-tech ultraviolet light. Treatment takes about an hour and the results are immediate and dramatic. It’s a great choice for busy people.

You can choose a take-home whitening kit if you want to whiten your teeth at home, whenever it's convenient for you. The kit contains custom-made whitening trays and professional strength whitening gel to whiten your teeth. Take-home kits are great for people who want to whiten at their own pace.

Don’t reach for the charcoal toothpaste! Instead, consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. Call Dr. Maragos in LaGrange, IL, for more information. Do your smile a favor and call today!

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