Is Charcoal Bad for Your Teeth?
What is Activated Charcoal?
In the health and beauty communities in media today, trends seem to come and go often. Every year, a new trend emerges as one from the year previous fades away, and it’s always exciting to see what the next trend will be. What’s more exciting is when one of these trends stands the test of time and becomes a very popular and useful product amongst consumers which can lead to better lives, depending on what the product is. One such product is charcoal, which has taken the world by storm in its beauty and health benefits, and today, it’s almost impossible to go into a store and not see at least one product without charcoal in it.
Activated charcoal, which is specially made with medical purposes in mind, can be used for many things involving health, one of which is your teeth. Many companies now make activated charcoal toothpaste or sell powdered activated charcoal to consumers to allow them to have whiter smiles, which is a sought-after feature for many people. While many companies, magazines, celebrities, and bloggers will talk about what’s great about charcoal for your smile, many do not discuss the possible risks and dangers this product contains. So, what are the risks of using charcoal for your teeth? It’s a good question to have, and one you might want to talk with your dentist about before you hop on the bandwagon of using it consistently.
Is Charcoal Good for Teeth?
Like many health crazes, the question of how effective something really is should always be asked. In regards to your teeth, charcoal seems to have benefits, but it also has its pitfalls. For many, activated charcoal is a simple and easy measure to help whiten their teeth slowly over time that is not as harmful as whitening strips or as expensive as whitening treatments by professionals. While this trick does not work with set-in stains, it can help to remove some surface stains, which is enough for many people to see a difference.
Unfortunately, charcoal is also damaging to teeth and should be used sparingly, if even at all. Charcoal is very abrasive, meaning that you can actually damage and wear down your enamel quickly if you use activated charcoal daily. This is also true for charcoal toothpaste, which has not been approved by the American Dental Association. While charcoal may seem like a cheap and easy solution for many in regards to teeth whitening, it may be better in the long run for your teeth to be whitened professionally. As always, talk with your dentist before you begin a tooth whitening regimen to ensure that you are caring for your teeth properly, that way they stay healthy for many years.
California Dentist Ready to Serve You
When you’re looking to whiten your teeth, have your teeth cleaned, or want to simply talk with a dentist about your oral health, call the dental office of Curtis L. Chan, D.D.S. Our staff is ready to help you with any of your oral health needs, and we are more than happy to answer your questions you may have regarding your teeth. Call our office today to set up an appointment at (858) 481-9090.
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