You’ve seen it all over social media, dim yellow teeth being scrubbed with a black abrasive and miraculously appearing bright white. I’m sure this shocking transformation has drawn your attention, but what is actually happening here- and how exaggerated are the results? The secret ingredient in these sugar scrubs, facial masks, and teeth whitening products is activated charcoal- yes, charcoal!
Activated charcoal is a fine-grained black powder made from a variety of natural substances, such as coconut shells, olive pits, slowly burned wood, and peat. The powder becomes activated when
oxidized under extreme heat. Activated charcoal is very porous and highly adsorbent. Charcoal has long been thought to possess healing and medicinal properties. In fact, in the early 1800s, activated charcoal started to gain prominence as a treatment for accidental ingestion of poison.
But despite activated charcoals rising popularity, there’s no scientific evidence supporting activated charcoal’s benefits for teeth. Since there’s no data behind the clams hat activated charcoal is safe or effective, products containing this ingredient aren’t eligible for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
According to the ADA, activated charcoal’s abrasive texture might even harm rather than whiten teeth by wearing down tooth enamel. All in all, this is one instagram fad we would recommend passing on. Leave the teeth whitening to the professionals, us! Great Smile Dental offers multiple different methods of creating your perfect bright white smile- Call us today!