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Does Activated Charcoal Actually Whiten Teeth?

September 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — medfordoregondentists @ 4:09 pm

person brushing with charcoal toothpasteWhen you visit your local grocery store to restock your bathroom full of oral hygiene products, do you notice the countless products advertising their active whitening ingredient as activated charcoal? There’s nothing more convenient than being able to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. The only problem is, how do you know if this new trend is actually safe for your smile? With professional teeth whitening in Medford, you won’t have to worry about taking a gamble on your oral health. Read on to learn whether this new trend works and if dentists endorse it. 

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is lining the shelves of every oral hygiene aisle nowadays, but not everyone knows what it is. It’s a black powder that’s made from finely ground bone char, coconut shells, peat, coal, olive pits, or sawdust. How it becomes “activated” is by being heated in extremely high temperatures. This increases its surface area and makes it more porous than regular charcoal.

Does Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?

The idea behind using activated charcoal to whiten teeth is that it can absorb and attract plaque and tannins (a compound that stains teeth), refreshing the look of your smile. Bloggers and online sensations will all agree that using charcoal can whiten your teeth within days of using it, but no studies have been conducted that support that it actually does what it claims. Plus, store-bought whitening kits are known to contain harsh chemicals that aren’t always safe for your body, so the idea of a natural solution to whitening your teeth is very attractive to most people.  So, what does your dentist have to say?

Is Activated Charcoal Safe For Your Teeth?

Dentists will warn you against using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth because it’s too abrasive. It can cause enamel erosion, leaving your teeth susceptible to common oral health problems like cavities and tooth sensitivity. As your enamel begins to thin, the layer underneath will start to show through. This part of your tooth is called the dentin and is yellow in color, which could make your smile appear even more stained.

The American Dental Association also hasn’t approved activated charcoal as a safe and effective way to whiten teeth because they believe there isn’t enough evidence that proves that it does what it claims to do. Instead, they have approved professional teeth whitening from professionals like a cosmetic dentist in Medford. They can whiten your teeth by multiple shades during a single appointment that lasts about an hour. Dentists also use highly concentrated products that have been rigorously tested and proven to be safe for your teeth.

If you’re self conscious about the color of your smile, the first step to take is to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist. They can walk you through possible treatment options and let you know if teeth whitening is the right choice for you.

About the Practice

At Premier Dental Care, we have a team of four highly dedicated dentists that have experience in a variety of specialties such as cosmetic dentistry. That’s why we’re able to offer a large menu of services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and direct bonding. We understand how much of an impact damaged teeth can have on your self-esteem, which is why we want to help restore your smile! For questions or to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening, visit our website or call 541-200-6747.

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