Activated charcoal has become extremely popular in the beauty and fashion industry. The reason could be its adsorbent nature and its ability to bind to toxins.
However, charcoal and activated charcoal are not the same.
Charcoal is a fuel that emits carbon dioxide when heated and consists of cancer-causing properties. On the other hand, activated charcoal doesn’t contain these toxins and is heated or otherwise treated to increase its adsorptive power.
Use of Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening
Activated charcoal is a popular ingredient in beauty products. That has convinced people that it could be great for teeth whitening too. People have started using activated charcoal powder, charcoal toothpastes, and other teeth whitening products to whiten your teeth. But is it safe? Before you use activated charcoal for teeth whitening or to remove teeth stains and plaque, read this.
First things first. Let’s face the facts!
- There’s no scientific research backing up the benefits of activated charcoal for teeth.
- Also, activated charcoal dental products are not eligible for the American Dental Association
(ADA) Seal of Acceptance because of unavailability of data behind the teeth whitening
Now, let’s talk about the probable ill effects of activated charcoal on teeth
- Effect on the Enamel
According to the ADA, activated charcoal dental products may have harmful effects on the teeth due to activated charcoal’s coarseness.If it is used regularly or too often, then it can affect the tooth enamel. Overuse and incorrect application of activated charcoal can erode the tooth enamel. According to the dentists, it may not be the best teeth whitening method because it may cause thinning of the enamel that shows more of the inner dentin.
- Allergic Reactions
Some activated charcoal products contain other products such as sorbitol. Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener which causes allergic reactions. If swallowed too much, it can cause a laxative effect. It is extremely dangerous for children and breastfeeding or pregnant women. If you are considering activated charcoal teeth whitening method, don’t do it without consulting a professional. Your dentist may prescribe teeth whitening methods, which are more suitable for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening
The best teeth whitening method is professional teeth whitening. It is ideal for deep-seated yellowing of the teeth and provides immediate results.
You can always try gels and toothpaste available in the market, but it is important to consult your dentist before using them. The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to visit your dentist regularly. They know what’s best for your mouth. Call Coral Dental Care today!
Dr. Anu Isaac, DMD, runs a successful dental practice in Salem, MA. Dr. Isaac strives for quality on a daily basis and this commitment to quality is reflected in her constant pursuit of advanced training. Her firm belief that even experts need to stay updated about what’s new in the dental field, enables her to provide every patient with optimal oral care. As the founder of Coral Dental Care, she is dedicated to creating healthy, beautiful smiles for her patients and also to educating dental and non-dental community with her engaging articles on all things related to oral health, recent dental innovations, and latest treatment modalities.