Activated charcoal is a very popular home remedy these days. It is being used in beverages in home care and beauty treatments. Charcoal toothpastes have become popular because many people believe that the absorptive nature of charcoal can absorb the stains on the surface of teeth. However, the American Dental Association has not approved charcoal items for use on the teeth, and that could be because the use of it does come with some risks. If you are in Fort Worth, TX, wanting to whiten your teeth, your dentist can be a better option than an at-home do-it-yourself solution.
The first few times that you use any form of charcoal on your teeth, it may make them look white. Over time, however, the teeth can begin to look dull and yellow. This is because charcoal is very abrasive. When used on the outer surface of the teeth, it can contribute to the erosion of the enamel. When the enamel erodes, the lower layers may get exposed, which is why the teeth may look dull or yellow. Enamel does not grow back or restore on its own. If charcoal is allowed to deteriorate the enamel, the tooth can become more exposed to the elements.
Abrasive to the Gums
Charcoal can be abrasive not just to the surface of the teeth, but also to the sensitive tissues of the gums. Brushing with charcoal can lead to tiny cuts and scratches on the gums, which can attract harmful bacteria.
Killing Good Bacteria
Another good quality of charcoal is the ability to absorb bacteria. While it can be great to take care of all the dangerous, harmful bacteria, it can also be a problem because it can kill off the good bacteria of your mouth’s ecosystem. The good bacteria in your smile protects your teeth and gums and keeps everything in balance.
DIY oral care can be problematic
Activated charcoal makes for a very abrasive toothpaste. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.