Skip the Charcoal Toothpaste Teeth Whitening is More Effective

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There's all sorts of products on the market today that claim to make your teeth whiter. It's true that some of them work, but none of them can match the benefits associated with professional teeth whitening.

One of the products you’ve seen advertised is charcoal toothpaste. How does it work and is it really a good alternative to having a dental professional administer whitening treatments? Here is some information that will help you understand why the treatments really are the most practical approach.

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What is Charcoal Toothpaste?

Charcoal toothpaste is a product designed to support dental health while also improving the appearance of the teeth. The activated charcoal is supposed to help remove unwanted bacteria, prevent viruses, and get rid of tartar buildup. Along the way, it’s also supposed to aid in teeth whitening by removing stains from the surface or the teeth.

Typically, proponents of charcoal toothpaste recommend that it be used in addition to rather than instead of your regular toothpaste. Doing so supposedly boosts the benefits of the product and produces results a little faster.

While there is a long history of using charcoal for oral health, the claims for its effectiveness remain mainly anecdotal. Modern treatments like having a thorough dental cleaning once or twice a year coupled with a possible Markham teeth whitening by a professional are supported by science and are likely to produce better results.

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How Is It Supposed to Work?

Proponents of using charcoal for teeth whitening and general health often cite the ability of charcoal to absorb all sorts of substances. While brushing with the product, it is supposed to bind to and lift materials that cause stains. That includes tartar, plaque, and other residue that may be left after brushing with your regular toothpaste.

This approach to Markham teeth whitening is said to produce a noticeable change in the way your teeth look over time. People vary on how many times you should use the product each day, and how many weeks it will take to see any results. In the meantime, you continue your typical dental care plan that includes brushing with your regular toothpaste, flossing, going in for a dental exam, and having a dental cleaning.

Is It Really Effective?

Some people swear by charcoal as an excellent and safe way to whiten the teeth. Along with some serious doubts about the effectiveness, there are other factor to consider. Some believe that the abrasive nature of the charcoal could weaken the enamel. Once enamel is gone, there is no way to make it come back. The damage will be done.

Others who have tried charcoal and found it wanting simply state that it did not help with their efforts at teeth whitening at all. For them, it wasn’t a matter of avoiding damage to the teeth. It was all about wasting time and money on something that ultimately did not provide any benefit.

There are those who chose to try charcoal toothpaste and found it to be such a failure that they found greater benefits from using other types of over the counter whitening products. Even then, they wondered if opting for a professional Markham teeth whitening would be better. In fact, it’s true that professional whitening after undergoing a thorough dental cleaning is a smart move.

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Why is Professional Whitening Better?

Choosing to undergo a professional Markham teeth whitening series is the most effective way to whiten your teeth. It’s also one of the safest ways to make your teeth look better than they have in years. Here are a few of the reasons why professional whitening treatments are the best approach.

When you are undergoing professional teeth whitening, there is a trained dental expert on the scene at all times. This is important, since the professional can immediately see how you are responding to the treatments. That includes noticing if your gums seem to be affected in any way.

While most people will not have any type of adverse reaction, there is something to be said about knowing you are under the care of a dental expert that makes the entire process more comforting. That makes it all the easier to relax, let the professional administer the treatment, and enjoy a break in your daily routine.

The fact that the professional whitening works faster is also an important factor. Some people begin to notice a difference in the way their teeth look after three or four treatments. There are even those who can see their teeth are whiter after a single treatment. This is particularly important if you have a special event coming up and you want your smile to be at its best.

Opting for whitening treatments after a dental cleaning also means that there is more control over when to stop. You and the dental professional can see the progress and know when your teeth have achieved the perfect shade of white. You’ll also have a good idea of how many months it will be before you need to come back in for more treatments that help you maintain that shade of white.

The Decision is Yours

There are all sorts of teeth whitening products on the market today. The science behind some of them is dubious at best. Even if they do work, you may find the process to be cumbersome, take longer than you want, and may even end up leaving your teeth barely looking any better.

Why deal with all of those issues when a round of Markham teeth whitening is among the most affordable dental treatments one can receive? Talk with your dentist the next time you go in for a dental cleaning and ask for an opinion about undergoing whitening treatments.

The dental professional can discuss the different methods used by the practice, help you understand what type of results to expect, and set up a series of appointments if you like. Assuming that you choose to try the treatments, you will see a big difference in the way your teeth look.

Andrea Galick

Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.

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