Oral Surgery Expert Explains Why Charcoal Toothpaste is a Bad Idea
The internet is awash with new trends and fads, and the easier it is to access the open communication the digital age offers, the more that emerge. One of these is the use of activated charcoal toothpaste. You might have read a few blogs or watched videos online that extol the benefits of using charcoal toothpaste as a way to “naturally” whiten your teeth. An oral surgery expert at Lynn Dental Care can explain to you why this is, unfortunately, not the case – and why you should stick to more recognized, tested, and verified methods of tooth whitening and oral hygiene.
As with many supposedly natural remedies, unchecked and unregulated treatments can have some severe side-effects, and you may end up requiring intensive oral surgery as a result.
Most of us associate charcoal with the barbecue grill, but charcoal has been used in medical practices for centuries. Using it to clean your teeth isn’t new either, with charcoal being added to toothpaste in a powdered form way back in the 19th century. The reason for this is that activated charcoal is absorbent, so the assumption was (and still is, to some) that it absorbs “toxins”.
While the broader theory behind this is pretty debatable, it has been shown effective in treating toothpaste overdose. However, as with any alternative remedies that describe “toxins”, what these toxins are and how they affect us, as well as whether or not they are actually absorbed or eliminated is incredibly vague. Activated charcoal can, however, effectively and noticeably whiten your teeth.
If It Works, Why Not Use It?
The downside of using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, especially if you ask an oral surgery professional, isn’t that it probably doesn’t absorb significant “toxins”. Yes, it can be effective for teeth whitening, but this is because charcoal is incredibly abrasive. Using activated charcoal on your teeth will make them whiter at first because the abrasive texture is wearing away the stained outer layer of enamel.
The problem is that it won’t stop there. Consistent use of charcoal toothpaste to keep your teeth white will continue to wear away the enamel – which doesn’t grow back – exposing the more sensitive parts of your teeth. You’ll find your teeth becoming more sensitive, and losing a lot of their structural strength. You’ll also be increasing your risk of infection, as the teeth will lose their protective layer of enamel. This greatly increases the likelihood of cavities and the need for oral surgery.
Not only that, but extended use will also mean you’ll end up with yellow teeth regardless. Enamel covers up the substance in your teeth called “dentin”, which has a natural yellow color. Once this is exposed, it won’t get any whiter.
Teeth Whitening and Good Hygiene
If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, there are plenty of proven and safe methods of doing so through cosmetic dentistry procedures. As for day-to-day, the best way to maintain white teeth is to practice good oral hygiene, keep an eye on your diet, and pay regular visits to your dentist.
Oral Surgery Solutions at Lynn Dental Care
Of course, the oral surgery experts and dental team at Lynn Dental Care can’t stop you trying out these alternative methods, but we want to make sure you’re informative of their effectiveness and potential problems. If you’re looking for informed dental guidance, orthodontics, an Invisalign dentist, oral surgery or other treatments, contact your Dallas dentist today.