Charcoal is now an ingredient in many products such as face wash, makeup, and toothpaste as a way to naturally whiten teeth. But does it work?
WHAT IS ACTIVATED CHARCOAL?
Charcoal is a porous black solid form of carbon that is created from burning wood or other organic material. Charcoal becomes “activated” when it’s burned at an even higher temperature yet, giving it a sticky quality.
IS CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE?
There is no evidence that shows dental products with charcoal are safe or effective for your teeth, according to the September 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Charcoal is abrasive. It can wear away the outer layer of the tooth called the enamel, exposing the more sensitive part of the tooth, called dentin.
The best way to naturally whiten your teeth is to maintain healthy oral care habits and limiting your intake of staining foods, like coffee, tea and red wine. Toothpastes are designed to gently clean the surface of the teeth and remove surface staining. Be careful if the product has an abrasive formula. While this may not be a problem for many people, it is more of a concern if you already have damaged enamel or worn out areas in your teeth. If your using a whitening toothpaste for months or years on end, then speak with the team at Infinite Smiles.
ALTERNATIVES TO NATURAL WHITENING
Safe and substantial whitening requires chemical whitening of the teeth to whiten the natural color of the teeth without causing damage and harm to them. The fastest way to get white teeth is with a professional in-office whitening treatment under the careful supervision of your dentist.
The most important part of your smile isn’t how white it is but that it is healthy. If you’re not sure about which teeth whitening procedure is best for you, call (310) 792-0049 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maha Boulos today.