Activated charcoal and charcoal products have become hugely popular in the DIY scene for homes, beauty, and health. The use of charcoal ranges from beverages to cleaning supplies to beauty treatments. Many people believe that because charcoal has an absorbent qualities that it can absorb the stains on the surface of teeth, which is why it has become a popular ingredient in whitening toothpastes. Despite this popularity, the American Dental Association has not approved charcoal items for use on the teeth. The ADA also warns of some risks associated with charcoal for teeth and gums. If you live in Mansfield, TX, and you want a solution to whiten your teeth, talk to your dentist about healthy, effective options. 

Erosion of Enamel

Charcoal has become popular because the before and after results are impressive. The first few times that charcoal is used on the surface of teeth, it can get them a lighter, whiter shade. However, these white results are not sustainable. With more use, the teeth will begin to look dull and yellow as the enamel begins to erode away. Enamel, the outer most surface of your teeth, can be eroded by charcoal products. Once enamel structure is lost, it will not grow back or restore itself. Without the protective layer, the teeth become sensitive and susceptible to damage and decay.

Gum Tissue Abrasion

Charcoal’s destructive abrasiveness is not limited to the surfaces of your teeth. Brushing your teeth with charcoal can lead to tiny cuts, scratches, and abrasions on the gum tissue. These injuries can cause sensitivity and leave the gum tissue open for bacterial infection.

Destroys Good Oral Bacteria

Charcoal can absorb bacteria, which is another reason it has become so popular. Yes, charcoal may be able to destroy harmful bacteria in your mouth, but it can also destroy the helpful, good bacteria that keeps your smile’s ecosystem in harmonious balance.

Charcoal can be damaging to your smile

Charcoal powders and toothpastes can cause harm to your smile. To schedule a consultation with Mansfield Dental Associates in Mansfield, TX, call 817-473-6227. We proudly welcome patients from Mansfield and the surrounding areas, including South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian, and more.