Is Charcoal Bad For Your Teeth?

While charcoal may have health benefits, we need to look at if activated charcoal is bad for your teeth

In recent years, an ongoing fad has promoted activated charcoal to whiten teeth and detoxify the body. But since it’s not the usual thing that one would choose to put in the mouth or on the teeth, it is often met with skepticism and concern. Is it truly healthy to put charcoal on the teeth? Does it really whiten teeth? Are there any side effects of benefits?

Our premier dental team at Star Dental Group Riverside understands the concerns our patients have regarding the use of activated charcoal. Use the guide below to learn more about what charcoal is, why it’s been recommended for teeth whitening, and whether it really works!

About Activated Charcoal

When you think about charcoal, you probably picture large chunks that come in bags for use in your outdoor grill. Activated charcoal is similar to charcoal that you barbecue with, but with a few differences. The most significant difference is that activated charcoal is used explicitly for health purposes.

In the past, activated charcoal has been used to treat symptoms of intestinal issues and cases of poisoning, according to Medical News Today. Activated charcoal can also be used to treat issues in the bowels or the abdomen. In today’s world, it is also used as a natural teeth whitener.

Does it Really Work?

Activated charcoal is successful when it comes to whitening teeth. While it is not regularly used as a treatment at your local dental office, it is a natural tooth-whitening method that could be used at home.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Charcoal has large pores that easily stick to the rough edges of your teeth, as well as the plaque on top of your teeth.
  2. Once the charcoal has stuck to your teeth for a while, you can remove it with a brush or cloth.
  3. The charcoal sticks so powerfully to the plaque that it takes the plaque with it when it comes off.
  4. Your stains and plaque should be gone instantly.

This is a successful method that some patients prefer to the in-house bleaching process. However, it is also important to note that charcoal does not eliminate deep discoloration or staining, such as the natural yellowing of the teeth since there is nothing for the charcoal to stick to. These conditions require a bleaching process that we can provide to patients in our office.

What Are the Safety Concerns?

The only real danger from using activated charcoal on your teeth is damaging your enamel if you scrub the charcoal off too brashly. As long as you are careful when wiping the charcoal away, it should be easy to avoid this risk. Otherwise, there are no safety concerns when it comes to using charcoal. You can safely ingest it, as some people use charcoal inside the body to get rid of toxins.

Don’t use charcoal on an open wound or near an open wound without consulting your dental specialist first. Since charcoal is considered a mineral, you can obtain it from your doctor or any health food store.

Find the Best Solution for Your Teeth Today

Whether you are interested in cleaning your teeth with charcoal, or you want to invest in a teeth whitening procedure at our office, our Star Dental Group Riverside team is here for you! Contact us online to learn more about our available treatments and procedures. We are a family-focused practice open to patients of all ages and conditions. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with us, call our main office at (951) 680-1777 today!