Having great dental hygiene is so important! First impressions are lasting impressions and the last thing you would want to display are discolored teeth. The first thing I look at when I meet someone new is their teeth. Awkward.....I know but it's a big deal to me. Discoloration can be worrisome to some and others accept the fact that partaking in smoking or drinking coffee regularly can cause this effect. Discoloration can be combated by teeth whitening but this method is usually frowned upon and believe to be hight abrasive with chemicals tearing down the enamel which could cause great danger in the future. What about charcoal whitening? Although it was introduced medically in the early 1830's, it has gains its popularity in the 20th century. I know what you're thinking, and we are NOT talking the charcoal that you put in your bbq grill. We're discussing activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is made from several different things like coconut shells, coal, olive pits, and so much more; once these compounds have been reheated and oxidized, they activate it. This activation causes the charcoal to become more absorbent, allowing it to trap unwanted particles and substances and to remove things like plaque that stain your teeth.
Does it work? - There is no current evidence that it actually whitens your teeth.
Is it safe? - It is beleived that it is also too abrasive to use on your teeth; ending in further enamel damage. A large number of users claim that they are experiencing no side effects. Ones that have include all but not limited to gastrointestinal, tooth sensitivity, tounge discoloration, and gum recession.
What does this mean? -That you need to be careful. Do reasearch on what you are doing, some people check the abrasiveness percentage prior to consuming. It is honestly best to speak with your dentist prior to trying this technique to prevent any hiccups. Afterall, the doctor knows best!