Activated charcoal: is it advisable to use it to whiten teeth?

Although it has important properties, experts have only approved activated charcoal for emergency treatments.

Activated charcoal is known as a fine, black, odorless powder that is frequently used in emergency rooms to treat overdoses.

However, thanks to its toxin-absorbing properties, this element “has a wide variety of medicinal and cosmetic uses, although none have been scientifically proven,” explains Medical News Today.

According to the expert site, among the possible benefits of activated charcoal are its use for teeth whitening, as well as maintaining good oral health, which is why many products for this purpose contain this element.

According to this, its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying properties help to show off a healthy and good-looking denture. However, it is important to remember that experts have only approved activated charcoal for emergency treatment for overdose or poisoning, the rest is circumstantial evidence.

In this regard, the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) of Spain, indicates that, although it is true that activated charcoal can slightly whiten teeth by removing stains caused by coffee or tobacco, its action is merely superficial, which indicates that it will not be possible to remove the deepest stains.

In addition, being a highly abrasive element, its continuous use could end up wearing down the enamel of the teeth in the long term, “in addition to causing a recession of the gums and increasing tooth sensitivity,” he explains.

In that sense, those who want to opt better for products that help whiten teeth naturally can make use of oil rinses.

According to the specialized portal Healthline, this is a popular remedy used to improve oral hygiene and eliminate toxins from the body.

The procedure consists of introducing a tablespoon of oil into the mouth when you get up, before drinking something and/or brushing your teeth. Once the oil is in the mouth, you must proceed to move it throughout the mouth and between the teeth (without swallowing it), this in order to catch the largest number of toxins and eliminate the bacteria that can become plaque and, therefore, make the teeth look yellow.

The recommendation is to leave the oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Then proceed to spit the oil in the toilet or in a garbage can to prevent the substance from clogging the pipes.

Although tradition points out that sunflower or sesame oil is used for this, it can be made with any oil. However, coconut oil is the most recommended option to make this home treatment because of its pleasant taste and other health benefits.

According to the specialized portal, this method, unlike many other methods of teeth whitening such as activated charcoal, does not expose the teeth to acid or other ingredients that erode the enamel, that is, it is safe to put it into practice on a daily basis.

Asimsimo, you can choose to brush with baking soda. As is already known, baking soda is one of the most used elements for some when cooking, while for many others, to do multiple tasks, including some activities related to grooming such as washing bathrooms, disinfecting some areas, and shining utensils. However, this element is also used in circulating recipes for skincare as well as teeth whitening.

Thanks to its natural whitening properties, this abrasive, in addition to helping to remove superficial stains from the teeth, also generate an alkaline environment in the mouth, thus preventing the growth of bacteria, explains Healthline.

Although this remedy will not whiten the teeth from one moment to the next, with the passage of time you can begin to see the favorable changes.

To make use of this trick, you should only mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste that is formed. It is advisable to do it a few times a week.

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