If you’ve been on social media within the last few years, chances are you’ve seen pictures or videos of people claiming to have whitened their teeth with activated charcoal. It may seem counterintuitive – how does brushing your teeth with a black paste make them lighter? – but many people swear by it. As popular as this new trend is, it has not been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Read on to learn whether activated charcoal is a safe and effective method of teeth whitening.
But First, What Is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a different type of charcoal than what you use on your backyard grill. It is created when regular charcoal is heated in the presence of special gases that “activate” it, or make it more porous. This fine black powder is often ground up and mixed with water to form a paste, which is then applied to the teeth. Supposedly, these pores absorb stains on the teeth. So, when the paste is wiped away, off come the stains.
Does Activated Charcoal Really Whiten Your Teeth?
Over the past couple of years, activated charcoal has been infused into toothbrush bristles and added to toothpastes across the country. Countless social media influencers have claimed it’s a great way to whiten teeth at home. While it has been proven to break up stains on the surfaces of your teeth, dentists warn that this type of teeth whitening may be too good to be true.
Is Activated Charcoal Safe?
The ADA puts its Seal of Approval on all oral hygiene products that it has deemed safe and effective. With activated charcoal, not enough research has been conducted to definitively prove that it’s safe for your teeth. In fact, they have stated that charcoal can be abrasive and erode your tooth enamel, exposing more of the underlying layer of dentin. Not only does this make your teeth more sensitive, but dentin has a yellowish color, so charcoal whitening may have the exact opposite of the effect you wanted!
How to Safely Whiten Your Teeth
If you’re interested in a safe, ADA-approved way to whiten your teeth, look no further than your cosmetic dentist’s office. Dentists use ingredients that are much safer and more potent than whitening products you can find in stores. Your dentist can create a custom take-home teeth whitening kit designed to deliver dramatic and lasting results.
Instead of risking your dental health on an unsafe method of teeth whitening, invest in a professional solution from your cosmetic dentist. That way, you’ll achieve safe results you can trust.
About the Practice
All four of our dentists at Premier Care Dental in Medford, OR prioritize the health of our patients’ smiles above all else. However, they also want you to be proud of your pearly whites, which is why they offer potent, take-home teeth whitening kits guaranteed to deliver amazing results. To learn more about our professional teeth whitening treatment, visit our website or call (541) 200-6747.