The use of activated carbon to whiten teeth in a natural way can cause, in the long term, a loss of enamel, discoloration, as well as stains on the teeth and on the tongue. As a precautionary principle, ask your dentist for advice.
Among the new trends in home-made products, activated carbon has taken an important place in the field of toothpastes. In the form of powder or paste, it is rubbed on the teeth to whiten them more quickly and more naturally than ordinary toothpastes. A lot of beauty blogs and Instagram accounts brag about the merits.
Indeed, when used to eliminate, for example, air pollutants, activated carbon acts by absorbing toxins on a porous surface. On the teeth, it would be equally effective, according to its followers, to detoxify and whiten the enamel. However, its use is not without dangers and can cause irreversible damage. Several cases of loss of enamel, as well as stains on the teeth and on the tongue, have been reported, explains the experts of Hello Giggles.
Damage and discoloration on the teeth
Coal is not in itself a health risk, but the abrasive nature of its powder can damage the enamel, one of the most important parts of teeth. Unlike other areas of your body, such as skin or bones, enamel does not have living cells and cannot repair or regenerate. Once damaged, your teeth are prone to severe damage and discoloration.
The first studies conducted on this subject conclude that there is a lack of clinical and laboratory data to prove any safety or efficacy of coal as a toothpaste. Until further work is done, caution is in place. Choose a very fine powder, and do not use it more than once a month. Ask your dentist for advice before testing a new product because each mouth is different. Finally, if you really want to whiten your teeth, you can opt for a professional-run firm, which will give immediate results after an hour to an hour and a half.