The Problem with Activated Charcoal

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The Problem with Activated Charcoal

The properties of activated charcoal mean it has many potential benefits, but one of the most commonly talked-about is its tooth whitening properties. You’ve probably seen it advertised somewhere on the internet by now – beauty retailers, bloggers, Instagram influencers – they’re all raving about these so-called benefits of activated charcoal.

The idea behind it is that activated charcoal is supposed to be a great natural alternative to professional whitening treatments. Some users have seen results from using activated charcoal, but do they understand what else it is doing in the process?

The chemical properties of activated charcoal mean that toxins bind to it rather than being neutralised by it, which results in whiter teeth. However charcoal power can be dangerously abrasive. Abrasion of the teeth happens when the enamel and dentin wear away over time due to abnormal abrasive processes – such as using activated charcoal.

Once the dentin of your teeth has become exposed, abrasion happens at a faster rate and your oral health will decline much faster. Dentin is actually more yellow in colour than the enamel, so once this becomes exposed you risk your teeth appearing more yellow in colour, rather than the white you’re looking to achieve.

There is actually no evidence that products containing charcoal for dental use are safe or effective, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Always speak to your dentist before you consider any at-home teeth whitening remedies. The safest and most effective alternatives are always professional whitening treatments that your dentist can provide for you.


Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.

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