Does the the activated charcoal teeth-whitening trend really work?

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The trendy new way to get pearly white teeth is to turn them black. At least, thats according to the Pinterest boards and wellness blogs that tout activated charcoals ability to absorb bacteria, plaque and toxins for whiter, fresher teeth. But does it really work? Maryam Mohsenzadeh, DDS, dental director of the Childrens Mobile Dental Clinic at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, says, Activated charcoal isnt a miracle cure for oral health problems, and the American Dental Association (ADA) has posted a warning that it can be dangerous to your dental health.coconut shell activated carbon price


Activated charcoal is not the same as a charcoal briquette youd use in a barbecue. Rather, it is more porous, which allows it to draw out chemicals from a substancethink water or air filters, for instance. A physician may also use it in emergency cases of poison ingestion or drug overdose. But more recently, its been adapted for home wellness uses, including oral health care.


The thought behind activated charcoal is that, since many makeups are using it to absorb oils, it may also be good to absorb stains from teeth. However, says Dr. Mohsenzadeh, There are no oils to absorb from teeth. What they dont tell you is that you are not absorbing the stain, you are instead using a highly abrasive material that abrades away the enamel surface of your teeth. The enamel cannot be replaced.


The ADA says, Using materials that are too abrasive on your teeth can actually make them look more yellow. Enamel is what youre looking to whiten, but if youre using a scrub that is too rough, you can actually wear it away. When that happens, the next layer of your tooth can become exposed a softer, yellow tissue called dentin.


Activated charcoal can be bought as a toothpaste or polish; do-it-yourself folks can make their own by using activated charcoal powder and mixing it with water. Its then applied to the teeth for a few minutes, getting rid of the tartar buildup that dulls whiteness, according to users. But Dr. Mohsenzadeh emphasizes that activated charcoal hasnt been scientifically proven for safety or efficacy when it comes to brightening teeth.


There havent been thorough medical studies on whether activated charcoal truly improves the appearance and condition of teeth,Dr. Mohsenzadeh says. And again, if the charcoal is heavily brushed onto the teeth, its abrasiveness could wear away the tooth enamel and cause more serious dental problems. There could be a tendency while using activated charcoal to skip regular brushing and flossing, which are the best ways to take care of teeth. Finally, there is the possibility that the activated charcoal can get caught in fine cracks in the tooth enamel, leaving a dark spot, which is the opposite of the intended



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