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The Truth About Whitening with Activated Charcoal

Posted in Teeth Whitening

You’ve heard all the hype on social media, DIY videos, and beauty blogs. Activated charcoal is touted for its ability to absorb toxins. It also has abrasive properties for exfoliation.

But how does it do when it comes to whitening teeth?

Please note that the charcoal people are talking about isn’t the kind you use in a backyard BBQ. This has to be the “activated” kind which has improved absorbency.

A lot of those “results” people see after just one brushing with activated charcoal are the same they would get with regular toothpaste. The charcoal just removed some of the surface plaque that naturally dulls teeth. So, don’t let a recently cleaned smile fool you into believing it’s been bleached.

Additionally, some people mistakenly believe charcoal is an alternative to fluoride. As an ingredient in most toothpastes, fluoride is an enamel-strengthener, not a whitener. Charcoal can help clean teeth, but it does not prevent cavities.

Before giving this latest fad a try, you should also think about a few of the drawbacks to using activated charcoal powder:

  • It gets very messy to brush with
  • You risk hurting your lungs if you breathe in the fine powder
  • The roughness can gradually damage enamel

If you’re the DIY enthusiast who just has to give this a try, dentists warn you to think twice. Charcoal isn’t known to actually seep into the tooth layers to bleach them and, if anything, could be harmful to teeth.

For more reliable, immediate and safer teeth whitening, you’re better off consulting your dentist. He or she will give you tips on effective home whitening and suggestions for more ideal methods than activated charcoal.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999


Is Teeth Whitening Dangerous?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth color makes a major difference in your appearance. White teeth can help you look healthier and younger. As such, teeth bleaching is a fast way to boost your smile and enhance your overall look.

But you may be a little suspicious of the chemical-approach used in traditional teeth whitening methods.

Is it safe or should you stay away from teeth bleaching?

How Teeth Whitening Works

The main two ways of whitening teeth include scrubbing away surface stain and bleaching out stain that’s deeply embedded in enamel.

Gritty abrasives like baking soda or powdered charcoal are alright for buffing away new stain that causes surface discoloration. But a peroxide-based formula can penetrate the enamel pores to lift old stain.

Too Much of a Good Thing

As effective as these teeth whitening methods are, they can cause some harm when used too much.

For example, using abrasives to scrub out stain can also scrub away some enamel. Bleaching with products that contain peroxide easily lead to enamel sensitivity and gum irritation.

But these negative effects have to do with using the product too often and/or using too much of it. Professional teeth bleaching is safe when you follow the directions that come with it.

In short, teeth whitening is not dangerous as long as you do it properly. The best way to lighten your teeth is to consult a dental professional.

Your dentist can also help you find an effective alternative if you decide that you do not want to try bleaching. You can get a whiter smile with the help of dental bonding, veneers, or just a professional teeth cleaning.

Get started on a healthier and whiter smile by contacting your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642


5 Reasons Your Teeth Are Turning Gray

Everyone wants a dazzlingly white smile. Sometimes, coffee or cigarette smoking is to blame for dark stains on teeth. But those are usually easy to treat with professional bleaching.

Gray teeth, on the other hand, are virtually impossible to bleach. This is because the stain usually comes from inside the tooth, as opposed to being caused by outside forces.

  1. Tetracycline Staining

Taking a certain class of antibiotic during tooth formation is known to cause staining. It can even happen to an unborn baby if the mom takes the medication during pregnancy. When the child’s teeth come in, they can show up gray.

  1. Trauma

A hard knock to a tooth can cause the inner tissues to die. As they decompose, the tooth is left an eerie gray color.

  1. Fluorosis

Extreme cases of heavy fluoride exposure during tooth development can cause relatively harmless but unsightly dark staining in permanent teeth.

  1. Metal Filling Staining

Do you have any old silver amalgam fillings? These can leach out into tooth enamel over time, discoloring it.

  1. Nerve Damage

Whether due to trauma or decay, the nerve inside a tooth can become injured and infected. When this happens, it’s time for a root canal to remove the nerve and save your tooth.

If you have a dark tooth that bothers you, it’s definitely time to see a dentist. Especially if the cause is a damaged nerve that can trigger an infection. Contact your family dental office to plan a visit. Your dentist will be happy to help you discover options for treating gray teeth such as teeth bleaching, dental crowns or dental veneers.

Posted on behalf of:
Memorial Park Dental Spa
6010 Washington Ave Suite D
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 336-8478


Why Are My Teeth Getting Dark?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Darkening teeth is a very common problem. In fact, the market for teeth whitening has taken off in recent years. Almost everyone wants a whiter smile. But it’s not easy to get bright teeth if you don’t know what caused them to darken in the first place.

Stain From Without

Most people blame yellowing teeth on the foods that they are eating. For the most part, this is one of the biggest contributors to stain. Tooth enamel, despite it’s shiny smooth appearance, is actually quite porous. All those tiny holes are quick to soak up dark pigments from food.

Stain can also come from tobacco and medications.

Stain From Within

After years of exposure to heavily-staining foods or cigarettes, stain on the outside of the tooth can start to become deeply embedded within the tooth itself. Tooth discoloration can also occur as the result of trauma or certain disease or drug-exposure during development.

What Can You Do?

You may want to consider eliminating the stain-causing agents from your diet. This means cutting back on coffee, switching to white instead of red wine, and giving up smoking altogether.

Next, see how an over-the-counter whitening toothpaste does at scrubbing away surface stain. If you want better results, talk with your dentist about professional teeth whitening. That’s pretty much the only way you’ll even touch stain that’s deep inside your tooth.

What if stubborn stains still won’t respond? Your dentist will have other options including dental crowns and veneers to totally mask darkening teeth.

White teeth convey a message of youth, health, and beauty. Get a brighter smile by contacting your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of:
Ambler Dental Care
602 S Bethlehem Pike C-2
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-1122


Tips For Making Your Teeth Less Sensitive

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Sensitive teeth is one problem you can’t easily ignore. When your teeth are screaming in pain, it’s almost impossible to sleep well or eat your favorite foods. It even gets hard to breathe through your mouth due to the air rushing over your tooth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, but one common cause of sensitive teeth is teeth whitening.  Fortunately, tooth sensitivity following teeth whitening is usually temporary.

Here are a few things you can try to help fight the sensitivity and get back to enjoying life.

Use a desensitizing toothpaste. Yes, they actually work. Sensitivity toothpastes are formulated with ingredients that help block up pores in the enamel where the tooth’s nerves may be exposed. 

Avoid extreme temperatures. For simple biological reasons, some people have more sensitive teeth and can’t handle sudden changes in temperature. Don’t eat scalding hot soup along with ice water, if you can help it.

Change dental products. Have you checked your toothbrush lately? A hard-bristled toothbrush could be wearing away your enamel. Switch to a soft one.

Cut out acidic foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, soda, tomato sauces, salad dressings, citrus fruits, and more are notorious for wearing away teeth. Balance out your diet with items that fall on the basic end of the pH scale.

Up the fluoride. A little more of this mineral in your “tooth diet” could strengthen your teeth and reinforce the enamel.

Try dental bonding. Your dentist may be able to patch up any weak spots or exposed tooth roots with a bit of dental bonding to cover them up.

Visit your dentist. Sometimes, it can feel like nothing you do helps. Your dentist may have some ideas to help you figure out what’s actually causing the sensitivity.

Get relief for sensitive teeth! Contact your dentist today to schedule a checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013


Three Common Tooth Staining Foods

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Tooth color can be affected by a variety of influences…heck, some people are just born with gorgeous white teeth. Here are three foods and beverages that while delicious tasting, may also contribute to less-than-stellar-looking teeth. 


We love our Starbucks, but most of us don’t love yellow teeth. Tip: Don’t bathe your poor teeth in coffee all day. Try to choose one time of day when the bulk of your coffee is consumed (probably mornings) and brush your teeth right after. This will hopefully slow the yellowing process.


Tea is another big offender, and it’s not just the hot tea that you sip with Grandma. It’s that healthy green tea that you got at the health food store. It’s that famous sweet tea you always order at your favorite restaurant. It causes some of the worst brown stain between your teeth and behind them (& makes every hygienist earn her paycheck to get it to come off.)

Colorful berries

So much research has come out about the antioxidant benefits found in certain fruits that it’s no wonder that blueberries and raspberries have become so popular. While healthy for your insides, we can’t say the same about the outside of your teeth. Blue eyes are beautiful. Blue teeth? Not so much.

Can whitening remove these stains?

Absolutely! One short 10-minute appointment for custom bleaching tray impressions is all it takes. If your teeth have not been professionally cleaned in awhile, we highly recommend you do that first (or even at the same appointment). Once the dentist has given you a clean bill of health (no cavities) you’ll be free to start using your teeth whitening trays and making those pearly whites…white!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055


How to Get a Perfectly White Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Don’t you just envy those perfectly-white teeth that little kids have?

Tragically, we’ll never get such naturally white teeth again once the baby ones are lost. But you can get pretty close, thanks to a variety of cosmetic therapies offered in dentistry today.

Start At Home

You can try your best to lighten your tooth color at home. Over-the-counter whitening rinses and strips have helped lots of people achieve a hue they’re happy with. A whitening toothpaste with an abrasive like baking soda may also help scrub away some stain.

But for more powerful results, you’ll have to go pro.

Professional Teeth Bleaching

The next step up is in-office teeth whitening by your local dentist. This is definitely the safest and fastest way to get the whitest smile of your life. One or two visits could take years off your smile and give you a fresh start.

Professional whitening gel contains a very high concentration of bleaching chemicals. That’s why it’s only available for use in a supervised setting.

As potent as such procedures may be, there are still some cases of deep and stubborn stain that refuse to leave. What then?

The Cover Up Tactic

For the most thoroughly white smile every, you may have to opt for dental veneers. These are usually made of porcelain and completely mask dark colors on front teeth.

In fact, you may enjoy the combined effect of whitening and veneers. The veneers will give the teeth in your smile zone a permanent brilliance while the bleaching will help maintain a light color for your back teeth. Ask your dentist which whitening method will suit your smile best.

Posted on behalf of:
Ora Dentistry
2733 Elk Grove Blvd #180
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 975-1000


Can Your Dentist Get Your Teeth Any Whiter?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Whether you’ve just noticed your teeth darkening, or have hated your yellow teeth for years, you’re ready for a solution.

The good news is that your dentist has a variety of methods for lightening tooth color.

Pumice Polish

A basic dental cleaning may be all you really need. At that appointment, the dental hygienist uses a paste fortified with a gentle grit made from pumice. This isn’t ideal for everyday use, but it’s great to have at your occasional dental cleanings.

The pumice is scrubbed against your teeth with a spinning rubber cup to break down superficial stain from every angle.

Air Polish

Some dental offices are equipped with a special kind of tooth polisher. This instrument jets a blast of air and baking soda particles in a powerful stream. The fine particles work exceptionally well at breaking down very stubborn stain in hard-to-reach places.

Professional Bleaching

When it comes to changing the actual color of your teeth, you need to call the pros onto the playing field.

Professional teeth bleaching treatments vary from take-home kits that let you whiten at your own pace to in-office procedures that get you results in an hour. Your dentist will let you know which teeth whitening method is right for your teeth.


When all else fails, it may be time to cover up the crime!

Dental veneers are thin porcelain covers that slip over the front of upper teeth and completely mask deep stain. They are the best way to get the results you want in an instant, but they do require a tiny bit of drilling on your teeth.

Ask your dentist for more information on the best teeth whitening techniques.

Posted on behalf of:
Brentwood Dental Group
2440 S Brentwood Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63144
(314) 962-6643


What Teeth Staining Says About Your Smile

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants a whiter smile. But few people wonder how stain gets there in the first place. Well, tackling your stain problem at it’s source is often the best way to start getting your smile white again.

Here are a few common colors of tooth stain and what they mean:

Black/Brown Stain – This is the most common kind of stain. It’s usually the result of tobacco use or consuming dark-colored foods such as coffee, tea, wine, soda, and berries.

Green/Orange Stain – You may experience a rainbow of colors in your tooth stain reflecting the variety of bacteria living in your plaque. These surface stains stay away if you are diligent with your tooth brushing.

Intrinsic Vs. Extrinsic Stain

Did you know that stain is actually grouped into two broad categories?

Some staining happens as a result of the outsides of our teeth coming in contact with dark-colored items. Other stains occur on the insides of teeth. These two types need to be corrected with different techniques.

Extrinsic (meaning, “outside”) stains can often be scrubbed away with an abrasive toothpaste. They also get scraped off at your dental cleaning appointments. The extrinsic stain that gets embedded in enamel pores can be coaxed out of there with professional teeth whitening.

But intrinsic (inner) staining shows up because of events going on inside the tooth. Intrinsic staining can happen because of an injury to the tooth or exposure to certain medications during tooth development.

Intrinsic stains can’t always be bleached out. Instead, you’re looking at cover-up dental techniques such as crowns, bonding, and veneers.

To find out how to combat the stain threats you encounter in daily life, visit your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Clearwater Dentistry
3006 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33759


Boost Your Confidence in 1 Hour with Teeth Whitening

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Do you think you could afford to spare one hour every six months?

That could actually be all it takes to keep your smile a dazzling shade of white.

Professional teeth whitening could be your key to more confidence.

How Does Professional Teeth Bleaching Work?

Your dentist will use a medical-grade whitening gel with a high concentration of carbamide peroxide. This agent penetrates enamel pores to lift deep underlying stain.

Before whitening, you need to make sure your teeth are in good shape. If you’ve got large areas of decay, the bleaching gel can really sting!

Getting a professional teeth cleaning before you bleach will ensure more effective whitening. You can’t lighten tooth color if it’s covered up with tartar.

Prepping for Your Visit

You’ll want to come prepared with an audio book, music, or movie for your actual whitening appointment.

Treatment is very relaxing, but can last upwards of an hour, so it’s good to have something to distract you! Otherwise, feel free to take a nap.

Your dentist will apply the whitening product directly to your teeth (either through a set of trays, or a paint-on gel.) The setup will also protect your gums from any irritating effects. A bright light aimed at your smile helps speed up the process. A pair of protective sunglasses saves your eyes from the glare and adds to the spa-on-the-beach effect.

Afterwards, you’ll rinse out and get some instructions for caring for your newly brightened smile.

Will At-Home Whitening Work?

Yes, with the right product you can also achieve good results at home.

Talk with your dentist to find out which teeth whitening method is right for you. You’re going to love the results!

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dentistry
13474 Atlantic Blvd Suite 109
Jacksonville FL 32225

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