How your teeth look says a lot about you.
That’s why many people opt for teeth-whitening procedures at the dentist’s office or whitening strips that can be purchased for use at home.
They want a bright smile that can serve them well in a job interview, in meeting the opposite sex or just to impress the world in general.
But teeth whitening can also come with negatives.
For example, many people are choosing to ditch the strips, says Dr. Barry Bartusiak, who has lectured on dentistry throughout the country and formerly was dentist to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“More recently, the concern has been, ‘Do my teeth look too white?’ Because that’s a dead giveaway that they’re unnaturally so,” he says. “Just as most people want hair coloring to look natural, folks also want their teeth to be a convincing shade of healthy white.”
So they are choosing natural ways to whiten their teeth, without drastic measures such as bleaching agents, which can strip the enamel that protects the sensitive core of the tooth from erosion.
“One alternative is a natural toothpaste that uses activated charcoal to whiten teeth, such as Black Is White, (www.curaprox.com),” Bartusiak says. “Activated charcoal has been a recent trend in skin care – since it’s proven to cleanse impurities – and has proven itself to be highly effective in dental care.”
Options to consider in the effort to rid your teeth of yellowish stains and return to a natural, brighter smile include:
“Having whiter teeth is important to a lot of people,” Bartusiak says. “But it’s also important to achieve that goal in a way that’s safe for your dental health.”
About Barry Bartusiak, DMD
Dr. Barry Bartusiak is a Fellow of The Academy of General Dentistry and five-time president of his local Dental Society. He was also a previous board member of the American Cancer Society and dentist to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Bartusiak is a “Hometown Hero” on local media station in Pittsburgh, a published author in the dental field and a national spokesman for Curaprox (www.curaprox.com).