The use of activated charcoal to whiten teeth has been creating a buzz online. Some claim it’s effective, while some were not sold with the results they saw.
You’re probably curious about this trend too. Before you give it a try, let’s first discuss how it works, along with some tips worth taking note of. Let’s get started.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is different from the charcoal you use for summer grilling or barbeque. It’s produced after exposing charcoal to an extremely high temperature. This process results in large pockets in the charcoal, which then binds to chemicals.
Activated charcoal has high levels of porosity and has the ability to absorb toxins before they get consumed into the body. This is why it’s traditionally used in hospitals to treat food poisoning.
For oral care, on the other hand, this product is used to target surface stains.\
Is Activated Charcoal Safe?
Activated charcoal is nontoxic and is safe to ingest. You can purchase it from pharmacies and health food stores. However, this mineral is abrasive and can be harsh to your tooth enamel when used regularly.
It’s also not advisable for use if you have receding gums, wounds or abrasions on your mouth. Also, it may not deliver the same results for everyone.
If your teeth are yellow or dark due to medications or health conditions, activated charcoal won’t be able to brighten them up. This mineral can only be used for surface stains, such as those left behind by colored beverages.
How to Try it the Safe Way
If you’re keen to try the trend, be sure to purchase activated charcoal only from reputable brands and stores.
If you’ll be using activated charcoal in tablet form, break it off first. A teaspoon should be enough. Add water of the same amount and mix them together to create a toothpaste. Then, apply the mixture to the surfaces of your teeth. Wait for 3 minutes before rinsing your mouth.
If you’re trying the powdered version, you can also apply the powder straight to your teeth using your fingers. This will help lessen abrasion on your tooth surfaces. Let the powder stay for at least 2 minutes before rinsing.
Note that activated charcoal can easily stain surfaces and even your shirt. Be careful when using it. Should some spill on your counters or the floor, wipe them off immediately.
There are also toothpaste brands in the market today that use activated charcoal as their primary ingredient. If you’re hesitant to try the powder or tablet versions, you can get started with these products.
And don’t forget to consult your dentist first, especially if you have received treatments on your mouth, such as veneers and fillings. Should you notice any negative side effects, stop usage and report your findings to your dentist.
What are Other Alternatives to Whitening Teeth?
At Dentistry at Clarkson Village Shoppes, we offer take-home trays which you can use from home and Zoom, which is done in the clinic.
Both teeth whitening methods are proven safe, but again, it’s best to get started with a consult from your dentist.