Health trends come and go, so it can be difficult to differentiate which trends are worthwhile for your health.
Activated charcoal, for instance, created a buzz for its ability to detox and whiten smiles. But before you start brushing your teeth with pure activated charcoal powder, you should know about the unpleasant side effects of this DIY trend.
So, what’s the controversy about using activated charcoal? In this post, the Dr. Brite team will be answering some frequently asked questions that we have received about activated charcoal in the past.
Question #1: Is activated charcoal the charcoal you use when you grill food?
No, activated charcoal is completely different from the type of charcoal you’re familiar with using at barbeques. Activated charcoal is created when a high pressure gas is forced into charcoal granules, which creates pockets in the particles.
Question #2: What does activated charcoal do?
Activated charcoal is a substance that can absorb toxins thanks to the pockets in its particules. Traditionally, activated charcoal was used in hospitals and given during accidentally overdoses or cases of poisonings because it can soak up harmful chemicals.
Some people swear by ingesting activated charcoal because of its detoxifying properties, but activated charcoal can also absorb necessary vitamins and nutrients. Plus, you have your liver and kidneys that serve as your body’s natural detox system.
Question #3: Is it safe to brush with pure activated charcoal powder?
Not really because the potential risks outweigh the benefits. To give you some context, there has been a DIY trend where you would crush activated charcoal tablets into a powder and then you would use this powder as a replacement for toothpaste.
The problem is that pure activated charcoal powder is a harsh abrasive on its own, which means you could damage the tooth enamel.
Question #4: What are the side effects of brushing with activated charcoal powder?
Along with potentially damaging the enamel of your teeth, another side effect of using activated charcoal powder alone is that you could possibly stain your gums black.
Think about it. If you use activated charcoal powder as a toothpaste twice a day, that dark pigment is going to gradually build into your gums. Instead of whitening your teeth for a healthy looking smile, you could be accomplishing the complete opposite with tattooed gums.
Question #5: Okay, so I want the benefits of activated charcoal for my teeth, but without using a DIY recipe. Are there activated toothpastes and where can I buy them?
Yes! Many companies actually include activated charcoal in their toothpastes, but be careful because not all formulas are created equal. Some activated charcoal toothpastes are also dark in color, which could stain gums, and some of these toothpastes may contain harmful chemicals like SLS, fluoride, and triclosan.
But this is where Dr. Brite is different. Our Whitening Toothpaste and Kid’s Toothpaste formulas contain activated charcoal that is made from coconuts and is actually gray in color. The color of both toothpaste formulas are an off-white color that is similar to the color of mainstream toothpastes. So, there is no need to worry about unintentionally tattooing your gums an unsightly dark color.
Now, go ahead and experience the Dr. Brite difference! Dr. Brite’s Whitening Toothpaste and Kid’s Toothpaste are also specifically formulated so that each ingredient works harmoniously together. So, you won’t find any artificial colors, sweeteners, or any unhealthy junk. Shop with confidence with our 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t see your desired results.