In the beloved Millennium Nickelodeon cartoon “The Fairly OddParents”, local heartthrob Chip Skylark has a famous song, “Are you my shiny teeth?”
“My shining teeth shine like the stars in space.” Chip sings. “My shiny teeth shine, giving beauty to my face.”
The value of a bright smile, especially in the United States, is no secret. So it is not surprising that when a new ingredient for teeth whitening appears in the arena, quite a lot of noise is made.
But, as is usually the case with supersaturated ingredients, research into actually activated charcoal toothpaste reveals a more complex story. There is little evidence to support the use of charcoal to whiten teeth or refresh your breath, and it may not even be safe to use them.
So before you overdo it or open your wallet, find out what really activates charcoal on your teeth: what you can do to get your pearl back to white.
Before we go any further, we must say that there are generally zero clinical trials in humans to substantiate claims that activated charcoal whitens teeth – it is also not approved by the FDA for teeth whitening.
In fact, brushing with such a harsh agent can actually be counterproductive, damaging the teeth և leading to more yellowing of the line.
«[It] It can work for one person, but it can also do great harm to another. “It’s because we all have different habits, different needs,” says Dr. Ain Einab Mackie, DDS.
According to the theory, the natural abrasiveness of activated charcoal whitens teeth, cleans surface stains, while porosity refreshes the breath with the help of bacteria և particles that roam the mouth. (This is why you will often find it sold in charcoal soaps and beauty products as a “toxin absorber”).
Or is it logical that an abrasive like activated charcoal can be removed? few Types of tooth extraction, ie traces of the outer layer of enamel, that it can refresh the breath by absorbing bad breath bacteria, it is not really worth the long-term risk.
“Our enamel, the outer layer of our teeth, protects our teeth,” Mack explains. “When you start exposing the outer layer with coal-hard materials, two things happen. First, you remove the white layer. Second, you remove the protective layer, և your teeth become more sensitive.
But not only that, the second layer, called dentin, is yellow. So when the white enamel thins, the yellow dentin starts coming out, giving your teeth a more yellowish look, he says.
A review of the 2017 literature evaluated the use of charcoal for oral use, found that there was insufficient evidence to prove it safe or effective, and advised dentists to avoid using it in their practice.
The 2019 review also found insufficient scientific evidence to support the whitening effect of charcoal, but explained that it could be used to carefully remove surface stains from teeth. Even the American Dental Association does not recognize it as safe.
If you are planning to use activated charcoal for your teeth, here are some tips to help you do it (somewhat) safely.
1. Use it sparingly
Use activated charcoal toothpaste no more than once or twice a week և Remember to brush gently. (For information, there is no agreed-upon recommendation, as dentists believe that it should be avoided altogether).
2. Replace fluoride with toothpaste
Many toothpastes with activated charcoal do not contain the fluoride you need to protect your teeth from decay. If you insist on using charcoal toothpaste, says Mackie, make sure the toothpaste you use regularly contains fluoride.
3. Avoid it if you already have weak enamel
“If someone has a lot of cavities and often drinks sour drinks, I would not even recommend it,” says Mackie. “In all likelihood, their enamel is already too weak. Charcoal will only do more damage.
4. In case of recovery, talk to your dentist
It is not clear how activated charcoal interacts with dental restorations, such as veneers, crowns or fillings.
There are countless ways to whiten teeth, from pharmacy products to DIY preparations. And everyone’s teeth are going to respond a little differently to each treatment.
Dr. Mackie explains that instead of considering one product as a whitening whitening miracle for everyone, it is better to tailor your dental care to your needs. The best way to do this is to consult a specialist.
Office whitening տր UV treatment
The safest, most effective way to whiten your teeth at the end of the day is to go to a licensed dentist for a professional whitening treatment.
The dentist usually whitens teeth with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, perhaps in combination with ultraviolet light, for extra whitening power.
As with any treatment, the effectiveness will vary from person to person, depending on the condition of each person’s teeth and genetics.
And while professional whitening treatment is largely safe, some people do experience long tooth sensitivity.
If you do not have the time or money for professional teeth whitening treatment, there are home remedies. Check the Dental Association Association’s whitening toothpaste and plaque approval confirmation pages to make sure what you are buying is safe and effective.
Be sure to proceed with caution if you are using Whitestrips. Carefully read the instructions և do not use them too often to avoid damaging the teeth: sensitization.
To clarify that there are no clinically proven DIY teeth whitening methods.
Brushing or combing with baking soda can be worth a try. But keep in mind that these methods can also be harmful to your teeth, so it is a good idea to stop if you start to feel tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist to make sure your home method is safe for your pearly whites.
Keeping your teeth healthy while keeping them shiny և can help prevent stains from appearing in the first place.
Continue with the brush երով floss
As Chip Skylark, an example of oral health, tells us in his song, it is possible to brush, floss every day to keep teeth healthy and shiny like him.
See your dentist regularly
The general recommendation is to have a cleaning ոչ cavity inspection every 6 months. Calendar is the time to implement that calendar program.
Moderately sour drinks
Coffee, wine and soda are all to blame for enamel erosion. If you can not stay away, Mackie says that the use of straw can help avoid spots. Just make sure the straw is in place with your teeth.
While it may be tempting to literally blind the haters of those who hate us with their flawless white teeth like Chip Skylark, it is normal or unnecessary. Remember that no one looks as close to our teeth as we do in the mirror. So keep smiling.
And our parting advice is to talk to your dentist about finding the best option for you, not spending time, not to mention the risk to your dental health, on over-the-counter products.