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Do Whitestrips Damage Enamel

New teeth whitening trend may cause long-term damage

Local dentists are speaking out about a new teeth whitening trend they say may cause damage in the long run. 

One of the biggest issues with the activated charcoal trend is the lack of research or evidence. Dr. Claire Farr At Valley Family Dentistry says so far there’s been no clinical trials on the benefits or even the safety of using these products. 

The extreme black color of the activated charcoal powders or toothpaste is a clear giveaway that this is different than most kinds of toothpaste. Despite that bizarre look and lack of support from the American Dental Association, these activated charcoal toothpastes are blowing up in popularity, with more than 1,000 products currently for sale on Amazon and even more do-it-yourself tutorials on sites like Pinterest and Instagram. 

But doctors say the gritty texture of the product could be causing more harm than good. While we may see whiter teeth initially, using these abrasive products could