It seems like no matter where you look – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and especially Pinterest – people are swearing by at home remedies in replacement of typical products. One that has been gaining popular traction is using activated charcoal as a teeth whitener. Before jumping on the bandwagon & scrubbing the black powder on your teeth – here is what you need to know.
Long Term Effects
It is being said online that brushing with a small amount of activated charcoal can whiten your teeth naturally after only a few uses. However, the long term usage of the gritty powder can be extremely damaging. Dentists are noting much higher levels of enamel erosion in patients that brush with charcoal than in patients that don’t, and believe that the rough texture of the mineral is doing much more harm than it is doing good.
Importance Of Enamel
When enamel is worn away, unlike many other parts of the human body – that is it. Enamel does not grow back or heal itself like other organs do. With skin, you can get a scrape and rely on your body to naturally repair itself. Even with internal organs – sprained ankles being an example – take a little r&r to rejuvenate, and then are back to normal. Unfortunately, when you do damage to enamel, you are doing that permanently to a surface that will not regenerate. That is why it is SO important to take care of the enamel you have!
Ask Your Dentist
With their being many other options for teeth whitening, we suggest you stick with what is tried and true, and also dentist approved. If you would like to learn more about whitening options, give Imagine Dental a call today at (602) 595-3600 to learn more!