One of the biggest trends currently in the field of cosmetic and wellness is charcoal. Charcoal is an active ingredient in scrubs, facemasks, and toothpaste to help in teeth whitening. Charcoal teeth whitening has become very popular on social media networks. When you scroll through social media platforms, you will most likely find images of people using a black foamy substance to brush their teeth. Though the pictures may look compelling, you might be wondering if it actually works.

Charcoal teeth whitening
It is important to note that charcoal teeth whitening does not require the use of briquettes of charcoal meant for a barbecue or the grill to clean or scrub your teeth. Instead, the charcoal used in charcoal toothpaste and other charcoal teeth whitening products is activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal is a black powder that has been fine-grained and oxidized from coconut shells, peat, wood, coal, and olive pits under extreme heat. To some extent, activated charcoal is similar to regular charcoal. The only difference is that special gases are used in the production of activated charcoal to make it more absorbent.
To some extent, activated charcoal is similar to regular charcoal. The only difference is that special gases are used in the production of activated charcoal to make it more absorbent.

Does charcoal help in teeth whitening?
Activated charcoal is effective in removing the stains on the surface of your teeth. Charcoal’s absorbent nature makes it possible to absorb the stains. When you use charcoal toothpaste to brush your teeth, the pores of the activated charcoal bind with your teeth’ rough parts making it easier to clean. The charcoal combines with plaque, stains, and food particles, making it easier to get rid of the yellowing substances on your teeth. Charcoal succeeds in teeth whitening because it is absorbed and removes the stains on the surface of your teeth.

Is charcoal teeth whitening safe?
Charcoal, whether activated or regular, is safe to ingest. There are no known long term effects of using charcoal teeth whitening products. However, there are several reasons that make this method of teeth whitening, not your best option. They include;
- Charcoal is too abrasive. Everyday use of charcoal on your teeth can erode and damage your enamel.

- It can lead to staining of some teeth when the particles of charcoal accumulate on the crevices and cracks of your teeth.

- Charcoal teeth whitening products lack fluoride. Fluoride is crucial in keeping your teeth strong and preventing tooth decay and cavities

What other options are available for teeth whitening
There are plenty of effective and safe options for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can either be done professionally or at home.

Professional teeth whitening will require you to make a dental appointment as it is performed by a trained dental professional. The options available for professional teeth whitening are the halogen light, dental bleaching, and POLA teeth whitening.

If you do not want to make any dental appointments for teeth whitening, there are options available to do it yourself (DIY) at home. The options available include teeth whitening strips, whitening rinses and toothpaste, and teeth whitening trays.

Carrum Downs dental clinic

Carrum Downs Dental Clinic is a dental facility that offers teeth whitening as well as other kinds of dental treatment. Teeth whitening is performed by qualified dentists with tones of experience, which increases this procedure’s chances of success. We offer a wide range of teeth cleaning options from Pola teeth whitening to scale and clean dental check-ups. We are reasonably priced and work hard to give you your money’s worth by educating you on safe teeth whitening options that you can do from the comfort of your home.

Author's Bio: 

Vijay Ramasundaram is a professional blogger and content writer. Currently working with Springvale Dental Clinic, Melbourne. He loves to write and spread awareness about dental health, oral hygiene and medicare health insurance facilities available in Australia. You will see most of his photographs, blogs and articles promoting a good hygiene and lifestyle.