Activated charcoal seems to be very popular these days. With products all over Instagram claiming activated charcoal can whiten your teeth quickly. But what is activated charcoal and is it actually safe to use for teeth whitening?
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is actually very similar to regular charcoal you would find in your barbecue pit, the difference is activated charcoal is specifically used for medial purposes. Activated charcoal is created by heating up a gas that expands the pores allowing it to absorb things better than regular charcoal. Activated charcoal is more traditionally used to treat intestinal gas, cholestasis during pregnancy, and lower cholesterol levels.
Is it safe?
Activated is safe for ingestion and it can actually remove surface stains and grime, however activated charcoal is a very abrasive particle that was not originally intended for teeth whitening and it can actually damage your enamel.
It might seem like a quick way to whiten your teeth but in the long term you could be doing more harm to your teeth than help. On top of potentially hurting your enamel, activated charcoal does not change the color of your teeth, in order to do this you will need to take more drastic measures such as professional bleaching.
We recommend using a good toothpaste to remove surface stains while at the same time keeping your enamel healthy. Regular dentists check ups are also the best way to ensure overall teeth health.
When customers visit our locations regularly our service comes with free professional teeth whitening all year so next time you see a trend on Instagram you might want to think twice and visit your local dentists.
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