A new DIY teeth whitening method is trending among younger folks. Some people are using activated charcoal as a way of producing pearly whites. Is this method safe? Find out what our cosmetic dentists have to say about activated charcoal as a teeth whitener.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is not a whole lot different than the charcoal used to fire up your grill. Activated charcoal, however, is porous, which allows it to absorb and trap certain chemicals. Charcoal in this form has various medicinal uses, such as lowering cholesterol and treating intestinal gas.
Activated Charcoal as a Teeth Whitener
To use activated charcoal you apply it directly on the teeth where it binds with the surface. When you remove the charcoal, some of the plaque and other teeth-staining particles come off with it. Activated charcoal is effective for removing minor stains and grittiness on the teeth. But it doesn’t create the level of whiteness you can achieve from professional bleaching.
Activated charcoal is available in tablet form, which you can grind into a fine powder. Mixed with water the powder creates a sticky paste that you apply over your teeth for about three minutes. Most people use a toothbrush to apply the charcoal paste. However, some also dab the paste to the teeth using a cotton swab.
Is Activated Charcoal Safe?
Activated charcoal is harmless when ingested. It’s a whole other matter, however, when applied on the teeth. Charcoal is abrasive, which can damage enamel. Our family dentists specifically recommend against using activated charcoal if you have any existing cuts or abrasions on your gums or elsewhere inside your mouth.
We’ll Whiten Your Teeth Safely
Contact Mukilteo Dental Arts to have your teeth whitened professionally. Meet our oral surgeons to find out the methods we use for achieving milky-white molars. Our methods are proven safe and don’t include the use of activated charcoal for whitening teeth.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Professional Teeth Bleaching for Pearly Whites
General family dentistry for Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, Edmonds & Mill Creek