September 28, 2019
With the rapid speed of today’s social media-driven world, it can be hard to keep up on all the latest health and beauty trends. However, you have probably seen at least a few photos on social media of telegenic young “influencers” with what appears to be black paste on their teeth. The black paste is actually activated charcoal, the newest trend in teeth whitening in University Park and all over the country. But is activated charcoal actually safe and effective for removing stains from teeth? Let’s dive a little deeper in today’s blog.
What do Social Media Starlets Say?
It is true that activated charcoal can trap impurities in water and detox the digestive system by absorbing toxins and poisons. For these reasons, it is commonly found in water filter pitchers and kept handy in many hospitals.
Now, beauty bloggers are telling their followers that those same purifying qualities can be harnessed to remove stains from teeth. They often recommend brushing with activated charcoal several times a week to absorb harmful bacteria and toxins in the mouth and brighten their smile.
In many cases, activated charcoal for teeth whitening is promoted as a safe, natural alternative to over-the-counter teeth whitening products.
What do the Experts Say?
According to the American Dental Association, there is not sufficient research to back up the claims about charcoal’s ability to whiten teeth. More clinical and lab data is needed before it can be proven whether or not this trend is safe and effective for whitening teeth.
In addition, dentists have raised concerns about the abrasive properties of activated charcoal. Brushing teeth with an abrasive paste made from water and dry activated charcoal could wear away at the tooth enamel. Once enamel is lost, it cannot be replaced. Enamel erosion leads to tooth sensitivity and can even make teeth appear more yellow, as the inner dentin layer is revealed.
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
While it can be tempting to try popular beauty tips as a shortcut or cheaper way to brighten your smile, the most effective – and safest – route to whiter teeth is to partner with a cosmetic dentist in University Park.
Over-the-counter teeth-whitening products do not contain strong enough whitening agents to match professional treatment. Meanwhile, beauty trends like activated charcoal often rely on unfounded scientific claims and could actually end up damaging your teeth over the long-term.
Only professional teeth whitening has a proven track record of delivering stunning results. Professional at-home teeth whitening systems use custom-designed trays that fit perfectly over your teeth and ensure both comfort and safety during treatment. In just a few short weeks, you will already see dramatic results!
If you are ready for a whiter, more attractive smile, talk to your dentist today about professional teeth whitening in University Park.
About the Author
Dr. Todd Brownlee leads the team at Inwood Village Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in restoring and transforming patients’ smiles. The longtime Texas resident is currently a Fellow of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, which is dedicated to cosmetic and full-mouth restoration. To learn more about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments, visit Dr. Brownlee’s website or call 214-352-2777.
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