Effects of activated charcoal on teeth

Activated charcoal is a fine grain powder composed of coconut shells, wood, and has numerous health benefits on the skin due to its porous structure amd because of that it is  often used as face masks and scrubs. Also, many brands nowdays advertise toothpaste with activated charcoal as an important ingredient. Let’s find out Are they really safe and How does activated charcoal work on your teeth? 

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This article will try to answer all your questions related to activated charcoal for teeth:

How activated is good for teeth?

plaque, or surface stains are substances responsible for the characteristic yellow color of teeth. During brushing, the porous activated charcoal binds with the rough portions on your teeth and takes out those stains exposing the original tooth surface. However, when tartar or plaque is deposited in a high amount, activated charcoal won’t be able to remove much of that.

What are the other ways to use activated charcoal?

Extensive research is going on to understand the actual potential of activated charcoal on the human body. Activated charcoal can be purchased from the drugstore in the form of tablets and you can use it manually too.  Firstly, you need to grind the fine dust, then, add some water to make a paste and apply the paste onto your teeth by tapping only. It is advises to keep it on your teeth for 2-3 minutes and rinse your mouth thoroughly. Activated charcoal can be very effective to eliminate bad breath and to repair dental plaque. 

What are the side-effects of activated charcoal ?

If charcoal particles get trapped inside the crevices of older teeth, it will darken your teeth. Also, Charcoal is an abrasive agent which is not suitable for regular use as  it is responsible for deteriorating or even destroying your enamel, exposing calcified yellow tissue of your teeth named dentin making your teeth more sensitive. Recently, some charcoal toothpaste brands were banned for promoting tooth decay. If you already performed dental bridges or fillings, the use of activated charcoal is not suggested.

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