People all over social media have touted activated charcoal as a natural teeth whitener.
Activated charcoal is a form of carbon with strong adsorption properties. The idea behind these posts is that charcoal will absorb any material on your teeth causing discoloration, leaving behind radiant, white teeth.
We all want to have a bright white smile. So, should you give activated charcoal a try? The short answer – no.
We don’t recommend these products for several reasons. Often, ‘natural’ or DIY methods of teeth whitening can cause more harm than good to your teeth. The activated charcoal treatments that have recently become popular have not been approved by the ADA. Few studies have been conducted on using activated charcoal in general. In fact, these products could be overly abrasive to teeth and wear away your existing enamel, leaving your teeth weaker and more yellow in appearance.
So what should I do to whiten my teeth?
The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush, floss and regularly see the dentist. If you are interested in teeth whitening, let Dr. Cruser know and he can review your options with you.
Traditional teeth whitening works by using a dental product with specific bleach to break stains into smaller spots, allowing them to be washed out of the microporosities of the teeth making them visibly whiter. Options include using whitening tooth paste, having a treatment at the dentist’s office or an at-home treatment. If you chose to use an over the counter whitening solution, make sure to look for a product approved by the ADA.