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Is Charcoal Teeth Whitening Too Good To Be True?

June 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drcayo @ 6:26 pm
toothbrush with activated charcoal powder on it

Lately, when you’ve walked down your local oral hygiene aisle at the store, you’ve noticed special displays dedicated to the latest teeth whitening trend, activated charcoal. While these displays promise great things for your smile, you’re skeptical how it impacts your mouth. Read on to learn whether using this new trend can really help brighten your smile and if it’s good for your oral health.

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a fine powder that is made out of coconut shells, olive pits, coal, sawdust, and various other materials. When it’s processed with high heat, it becomes “activated,” making it more porous and absorbent than regular charcoal. Because of this, it can trap unwanted substances and carry them out of the body. This is why activated charcoal also has medicinal uses like poison treatment.

Does Activated Charcoal Really Whiten Your Teeth?

This fine black powder has become popularly known for teeth whitening. You may have noticed that it’s one of the few products that doesn’t have the ADA seal of approval on it, and this is for a reason. There’s no evidence that actually proves this substance can whiten your teeth. Additionally, it’s abrasive and can cause damage to your enamel.

The ADA hasn’t approved any oral hygiene products containing activated charcoal because there has not been enough studies conducted or information found that proves it doesn’t harm your oral health. However , it is believed that it can help absorb plaque and other compounds.

Would A Dentist Recommend Using Activated Charcoal?

Most dentists would warn that charcoal toothpaste is too abrasive for your enamel and could put you at risk for developing oral health problems like cavities and infections. If you are using this product to brighten your smile, it’s recommended that you use it in moderation to protect your oral health.

If you take a stroll down your oral hygiene aisle, you’ll find dozens of different teeth whitening products that are ADA-approved and proved to whiten teeth while not putting them in jeopardy. In fact, these products have been proven to be just as effective, if not more effective than activated charcoal.

When you’re considering using new teeth whitening products, your best bet is to speak to your dentist first. Or, you could see if they have any recommendations that are safe to use and effective. This can keep you from wreaking unnecessary havoc on your mouth. Also, if you are looking for fast-acting teeth whitening solutions, ask your dentist about their professional services. Most dentists offer treatments that can brighten your smile in a single visit.

About the Author

Dr. Krista Cayo enjoys providing her patients with healthy and bright smiles that they’re proud to show off. She’s able to do that by listening and understanding each patient’s needs and desires. As an active member of multiple professional organizations, she’s able to provide her patients with the high-quality care they can trust. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Cayo Dental Care’s website or contact 636-928-9693.

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