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Activated Charcoal: Safe or Scary?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

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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Sep
19

Dental Care for Cleft Lip and Palate Patients

Patients who have a cleft lip or palate face numerous dental issues regarding the number, shape, size, and position of their teeth. Often times children with a cleft require more dental work to help correct teeth that may have come in malformed or malpositioned. Teeth that do not come in normally require the work of […]

Sep
12

Budget Friendly Options for Treating Sensitive Teeth

Having sensitive teeth can be a real bummer. In addition to preventing you from eating the foods you love, the experience can also be painful. While it may sound pricey to treat sensitive teeth, there are a few simple things you can do to help relieve any pain and discomfort you may be having. Change […]

Aug
20

Fight Halitosis with Tongue Scrapers

Everyone’s been there—whether it’s the person you’re talking to or it’s yourself, having bad breath can make for an awkward situation. Bad breath, also known as Halitosis, occurs when food collects in your mouth around your teeth, gums, and tongue. If not removed, these leftover food particles can result in an unpleasant odor in your […]

Aug
13

How Your Genetics are Affecting Your Teeth

You may have stellar brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits, but it is genetics that plays the leading role in your oral health. About 60% of the risk for tooth decay comes from genetic factors. Tooth decay is the most common chronic worldwide disease and we only have partial control over it. While you should continue […]

Aug
6

Can Therapy Cure Dentist Fear?

For some people, fear of the dentist can be debilitating enough to prevent them from seeking the routine or even emergency care they need. As a result, these people are often have poor oral health, as their lack of treatment snowballs into larger issues. Now there may be a new answer. Used for years to […]

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