You’ve likely watched a few videos about teeth whitening with charcoal. You might be amazed at the before and after results you’ve seen spread across social media. Although it appears to be the ideal DIY method to resolve stains and discoloration at home, is charcoal bad for your teeth? It may not be as safe as you’ve been led to believe. Here’s what you need to know about the risks of combating tooth discoloration using charcoal.
What is Charcoal Teeth Whitening?
Activated charcoal has been used around the globe for generations because of the various health benefits it offers; however, it has recently come back into the spotlight because of the effects it can have on stained and discolored teeth. The fine-grained black power is very porous and adsorbent. It can bind with toxins and odors, which is why it’s said to draw out stains from the teeth.
Is Charcoal Teeth Whitening Safe?
Several dental products contain activated charcoal to remove stains and plaque from the teeth. Currently, there isn’t any scientific data proving the claims that’s safe and effective for teeth whitening. Also, it hasn’t earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. In fact, the ADA advises against using activated charcoal because it is abrasive, which means it can erode your enamel.
Although your teeth may appear to be getting whiter, you’re opening the door to more severe tooth discoloration because of its abrasiveness. As your enamel gets thinner, more of your yellowish dentin will be visible, which means your teeth will eventually darken. Despite the aesthetic concerns, there are additional risks, too.
Thin enamel can make your teeth sensitive, so you may no longer enjoy your morning coffee or cooling off with a bowl of ice cream. Your teeth will also be vulnerable to tooth decay because their defense system has been compromised. Unfortunately, once your enamel is gone, it can’t regenerate. Your teeth will always be susceptible to complications.
How Can I Safely Whiten My Smile?
If you’re insecure about brown or yellow teeth, skip the risks of DIY whitening, like charcoal toothpaste. Instead, visit your dentist for a professional treatment. Your cosmetic dentist will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy to minimize the risk for any potential complications that might occur from untreated dental issues. They’ll create a personalized plan to get your teeth as much as 8 shades whiter. The specially formulated whitening agents are supported by the American Dental Association, so you can feel confident they are safe and effective.
You can turn back the clock and reveal a brighter smile with professional teeth whitening. You can enjoy the vibrant, beautiful smile you desire without unnecessary risks.
About Dr. Gery P. Benza
Dr. Benza earned his dental degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Throughout his 30-year career, he has undergone extensive continuing education to become a top-tier dentist. If you’re interested in a brighter smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation with an award-winning dentist.