With the popularity of the internet, “trends” have a new way of quickly reaching millions around the world. And, while some of these trends have proven to be useful, some have actually resulted in damage to an individual’s health. One of the latest trends is using charcoal as a teeth whitening product. All over YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook you can see amazing videos showing teeth going from stained to the whitest white. But are charcoal teeth whitening treatments good for you?
Activated charcoal, a purifying agent which can absorb impurities, has been used for a variety of things for many years. From drug overdoses to food intolerances, charcoal can absorb and trap toxic substances like a sponge. But how exactly does it work for your smile?
According to some sources, you simply apply a charcoal mixture or a charcoal-containing product to your teeth, and after just minutes you can rinse away the charcoal and stains, leaving you with bright, white teeth.
The problem, however, is that there is no evidence to support these claims; charcoal treatments may potentially cause damage. Much like any abrasive substance, charcoal has the potential to damage both teeth and your gums. When brushing with an abrasive substance, you can remove enamel (the layer that protects your teeth), leaving your teeth more susceptible to damage, cavities and even tooth sensitivity.
Charcoal Teeth Whitening Alternatives
At Southern Charm Dental, we are proud to offer professional and safe teeth whitening options. Unlike over-the-counter teeth bleaching kits and activated charcoal, research has proven that professional teeth whitening treatments from the dentist are safe and effective, leaving you with noticeable results in just one appointment without the risk of increased tooth sensitivity, enamel loss or damage.