Everyone’s talking about activated charcoal—but is the black stuff really the best way to whiten your teeth?
How abrasive is your toothpaste?
The FDA developed a Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) guide to help consumers determine how abrasive their favorite everyday dental products are. The Relative Dentin Abrasivity (RDA) guide below shows just how much frequently-used toothpastes may be wearing down your teeth. You’ll see baking soda—a common whitening agent—has an RDA of just seven, while activated charcoal toothpaste has an abrasivity rating of a whopping 90.
It’s crucial to choose your toothpaste carefully—particularly if you have veneers, crowns, or any other dental work at the front of your mouth, where stains are highly visible. Anything below 50 on the RDA schedule is a great choice. I like Arm and Hammer, which offers a number of toothpastes with low abrasiveness. For more significant results, you can always ask your dentist about tooth whitening treatments.
How to make and use your own DIY non-abrasive toothpaste
Learn more at your next dental check-up
Do you still have questions about the right toothpaste or about other dental health trends you’re seeing on Instagram? Make an appointment at Atlanta Dental Spa and talk with your dentist. You’ll learn more about how you can have a better life through better dentistry!