Activated charcoal has been the talk of the town for the past fews months, and a lot of patients are wondering if the product is okay on the teeth, its benefits, if it really works, and just general information. Here’s our take on activated charcoal and everything you need to know!
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Also known as Activated Carbon, Activated charcoal is essentially charcoal that has been heated/treated.This process increases the volume of the surface area with small, low-volume pore to increase absorption.
How Does Activated Charcoal Work?
Have you ever heard of tannins? Tannins are common in many foods like tea, wine, coffee, fruits, and more. These bind do your enamel and can cause stains. When you use Activated Charcoal, it uses its natural adhesive qualities to remove those surface-staining culprit by also binding to them. When you rinse, they are pulled from the enamel and bound to the charcoal.
Activated Charcoal isn’t limited to whitening teeth. Here are some additional benefits:
- Toxin Removal
Activated charcoal can help with digestion by binding to toxins and absorb gastrointestinally.
- Skin Care
It can be used to exfoliate, spot treat, and heal minor skin conditions.
Charcoal contains components that help with complexion.
Is It Safe?
Activated charcoal is okay to digest, but you want to be careful when applying to your teeth. If the material is not fine enough, it can scratch or damage the enamel. Ask your dentist before using activated charcoal. There is definitely a process when it comes to safely trying this technique!
For more information, contact us. We want to ensure you do this safely to prevent any damage!