by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
Have you noticed the activated charcoal beauty craze that’s been going on recently? It seems like everyone from beauty bloggers to your best friends are talking about this teeth whitening ingredient – but how does it actually work? Here’s what you need to know about activated charcoal before applying it to your smile.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Charcoal is made from coal, wood or other substances and becomes activated when high temperatures combine with a gas or activating agent to expand its surface area.
Oral Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal is a tasteless and odorless powder that works by a process of adsorption, when elements bind to a surface, reducing the toxicity of chemicals. Here are some of the benefits of activated charcoal:
- Balances pH levels in the mouth
- Helps eliminate bad breath
- More naturally whitens teeth
How Does Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?
When charcoal is activated, it becomes a highly porous substance that binds toxins and adsorbs tannins (pigments found in various food and drink), while removing stains and whitening teeth in the process.
Is Whitening with Activated Charcoal Safe?
The dangers of brushing with activated charcoal powder mixed with water may leave teeth susceptible to erosion, which can lead to sensitivity and tooth decay. This is why Dr. Brite CEO, Pooneh Ram DDS and other dentists don’t recommend it.
When brushing with a DIY toothpaste recipe or alternative, you may not be receiving all the necessary ingredients needed to effectively clean your teeth, safely remove stains and prevent cavities.
Instead, we suggest using our whitening mineral toothpaste that has natural and organic ingredients. Each ingredient in the Dr. Brite toothpaste serves a purpose and was professionally formulated by Pooneh Ram DDS and her sister, Dr. Paris Sabo, with the highest quality ingredients — including activated charcoal.
Dr. Brite Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Dr. Brite sources a bamboo-derived activated charcoal for our toothpaste and mouthwash formulas to help remove plaque and whiten teeth. The charcoal is activated at a higher than average temperature of 3,000 degrees, which creates a more refined, better-quality ingredient.
Additional reading: Toothpaste and Mouthwash with Natural Ingredients for Sensitive Teeth
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