You may have seen people brushing with a dark powder to get whiter teeth.
This powder is activated charcoal and before you dip your toothbrush into a dark jar of this natural teeth whitening powder, there are some things you should know.
Yes, activated charcoal can help whiten teeth, but did you know dark black activated charcoal can actually tattoo gums an unsightly dark color?
Whether you’re new to activated charcoal or you’re hardcore devotee, we’re here to share the truth so that you can harness the benefits of activated charcoal properly.
In today’s Be Natural blog article, we’ll reveal:
- How activated charcoal naturally whitens teeth
- The ugly side effects of using inferior activated charcoal oral care products
- Helpful tips for teeth whitening with activated charcoal
How Activated Charcoal Naturally Whitens Teeth
Activated charcoal is created when wood, peat, bamboo, or coconuts are burned at extremely high temperatures with a gas. This process creates a porous surface on activated charcoal particles and allows activated charcoal to bind to, or adsorb, onto toxins.
Traditionally, activated charcoal is used in hospitals during instances of poisonings or overdoses because activated charcoal’s quick adsorption abilities. Recently, activated charcoal has made its way as a popular ingredient in personal care products.
When used for teeth whitening, activated charcoal binds onto tannins (stain-causing pigments found in foods and drinks) and helps polish away surface stains.
The Ugly Side Effects of Using Inferior Activated Charcoal Oral Care Products
It seems like everywhere you turn on social media, someone is brushing with a dark mouthful of activated charcoal. The truth is that this dark black pigment from activated charcoal can lead to tattooed gums with repeated use. And sure, your teeth may appear whiter, but this may happen because the contrast between teeth and dark tattooed gums could trick the eye.
Another side effect of using too much activated charcoal is that is abrasive and could actually damage tooth enamel. Dr. Brite co-founder and veteran dentist, Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS, says:
“Not only can the gums become stained or tattooed with the dark pigment found in most activated charcoal products, but activated charcoal used on its own can be disastrous for the enamel of your teeth. When the enamel of your teeth is eroded, this can lead to teeth sensitivity and even tooth decay.
While activated charcoal is great at whitening teeth by polishing away surface stains, there can definitely be too much of a good thing.
Instead of relying on activated charcoal powders that contain a single ingredient for brushing your teeth, it’s better to choose a white activated charcoal toothpaste that is balanced with effective botanical ingredients and won’t stain your gums."
Helpful Tips for Teeth Whitening with Activated Charcoal
Echoing Dr. Ramezani, it’s best to stay away from brushing your teeth with pure activated charcoal by itself. Your enamel and your gums will definitely thank you in the process.
If you still want the teeth whitening benefits of activated charcoal, choose a toothpaste or mouthwash that is carefully formulated with white activated charcoal.
But how is white activated charcoal formed? White activated charcoal is actually the gray ash that is finely-milled and separated from the dark ash that creates common activated charcoal products. This light color has all of the same teeth whitening properties as dark activated charcoal, yet it doesn’t stain gums!
Dr. Brite, for instance, uses just the right amount of white activated charcoal in toothpaste, mouthwash, and oral care sprays so that teeth can be naturally brighter. Dr. Brite also balances activated charcoal with holistic ingredients to create truly natural formulas that are safe-to-swallow and give a gentle cleaning experience.
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