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Activated Charcoal: Safe or Scary?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health

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You’ve probably seen this new dental trend on your social media feeds: beauty influencers sporting pitch black smiles and swearing the result is cleaner, whiter teeth. The product? Activated charcoal powders, applied and brushed onto teeth in lieu of toothpaste. No one can deny its popularity, but is this craze hot, or hazardous?

Activated charcoal has long been used medicinally thanks to its absorbency. In fact, hospitals usually have the black stuff on hand to soak up poisonous substances a patient may have accidentally ingested. The idea behind using charcoal in your mouth is similar; if it can absorb poison, surely it can absorb stains and bacteria from teeth, right? Not necessarily. The mixture is so gritty, it can actually erode enamel, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and cavities.

In addition to being uncomfortable and hazardous, the erosion of enamel can have another side effect: darker colored teeth! Your enamel is the part of the tooth that’s actually white, so the more you wear it away, the dingier your teeth will be.

Rather than risk permanent damage to your teeth for counterproductive results, contact your dentist today for information about safe whitening treatments. Your mouth will thank you!

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May
21

The unexpected side-benefits of iodine-based mouthwash

A new mouthwash, designed by the Biomedical Development Corporation (BDC), seems to have a very impressive an unexpected side-benefit: lowering your cholesterol! In the April of 2013, BDC presented the data gathered from their clinical testing of their new mouthwash to the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Their new, iodine-based mouth rinse was clearly effective […]

May
14

When is a Second Root Canal Needed?

All surgeries have a risk of complications, and root canal treatment is no different. There are many different reasons why your root canal may need retreatment or an additional surgery. Although it is not common for root canals to fail, here is why they sometimes do and why retreatment is your best option. Bacteria Endodontists […]

May
7

Could Fillings Become a Thing of the Past?

Could fillings be a thing of the past? Scientists in London have developed a pain-free filling that doesn’t require drilling or injections. Normally, a dentist would remove the decay by drilling and then the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin. The new treatment technique, developed by King’s College London, […]

Apr
23

Natural Ways to Fight Tooth Decay

You may not have realized it, but one of the chemicals in your oral care product comes from nature, and is vital in helping prevent decay. The plant-based chemical, Trans-Chalcone protects against harmful mouth bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. It is found in Liquorice root and blocks the key enzyme that lets bacteria […]

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