Rita Tempel

DIY projects can be a lot of fun when it comes to home improvement projects or paint nights. But when it comes to your dental health and teeth whitening, the DIY trend is leading to dangerous and harmful results. In today’s Healthy Smiles column, I’m going to address some of the latest fads people are trying, in attempts to whiten their teeth, and I’ll explain the best proven methods for teeth whitening today.

Activated charcoal is popping up in numerous beauty products lately, with some health and beauty “experts” recommending using the black powder as a DIY teeth whitening remedy. In reality, charcoal is so abrasive and staining that it can actually remove the white enamel of your teeth—revealing the yellowish layer of dentin underneath—and/or darken your gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) studied this practice and determined that there is no evidence that charcoal is safe or effective.

Dr. Rita Tempel is the owner and founder of Gettysburg Smiles, a cosmetic and family dental practice located at 2018 York Road (Route 30 East), Gettysburg. She is an Accreditation Candidate of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist. For more information, see GettysburgSmiles.com, follow Gettysburg Smiles on Facebook, or call 717-339-0033.

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