Activated charcoal is gaining popularity because of its numerous health benefits. It’s cleansing properties has made it one of the best detoxifiers and a first aid treatment against poisoning. As a result, more and more people are turning to activated charcoal for teeth whitening. However, there are those who ask about its safety for teeth.
How activated charcoal works
Activated charcoal is not the ordinary charcoal that you use as fuel and grilling. It’s made from organic materials such as coconut shells, bamboo, willow pit, lignite, and other organic substances. Experts process these materials under carefully controlled heat and pressure to make each particle highly porous and adsorptive.
Activated charcoal has a negative charge. Most toxins, gases, and heavy metals have positively charged ions, causing them to bind on the activated charcoal’s surface. Activated charcoal is also capable of trapping unwanted substances like free radicals and bacteria. Because it’s an inert material, you cannot digest and absorb activated charcoal in your body. This means you eliminate it completely along with all those nasty toxic substances that are bound to its surface.
What about for teeth whitening?
When you brush with activated charcoal, all the stains that got stuck on the surface of your teeth are pulled away. With each pass of the toothbrush, activated charcoal gathers all those food debris and bacteria. You remove these staining substances when you gargle and spit out the activated charcoal.
Is Activated Charcoal Powder Bad for Your Teeth?
The safety and efficacy of activated charcoal for teeth whitening depends on several factors:
Activated charcoal grains come in various sizes, depending on its application. For teeth whitening, it’s important that the grains are really small and fine. It’s best that you use activated charcoal that is designed for teeth whitening to make sure that you lessen its abrasiveness
Frequency of use
Regular use of activated charcoal can help teeth whitening. However, activated charcoal is still abrasive. By regular use, this means you use it once every 2-3 days during the first two weeks, then once a week thereafter. Each person has different teeth composition, and some enamel is thinner than others in comparison. If your dentist says that you have thin enamel, it’s best to lessen the frequency of using activated charcoal to prevent erosion.
Duration of application
You should only brush activated charcoal on your teeth for 2-3 minutes. There are those who go overboard with brushing and doggedly scrub their teeth for 5, even 10 minutes. Even with regular toothpaste, you can consider 5 minutes of brushing as too long. Don’t extend brushing your teeth in hopes of hastening the effects of activated charcoal.
Intensity of brushing
Do you brush as if you’re having personal issues with your teeth? As if your running with determination to get all that stain and odor from your mouth or else? There are those who brush their teeth so vigorously as if they’re on a mission. Your teeth may feel smoother afterward, but what if that smoothness was due to erosion and not cleanliness?
When you brush with Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder, we recommend that you do it with smooth, sweeping strokes that go along the grains of your teeth. This helps the grains reach every tooth crevices deeper and better without causing too much abrasion.
Activated charcoal has several benefits when it comes to oral care. However, even healthy solutions often become a problem if abused and misused. Consult your dentist if using activated charcoal for teeth whitening is suitable for you. We advise that you follow the recommended use of Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder to maintain the integrity of your teeth and keep your mouth healthy.