In recent months, videos and notes have appeared from various influencers talking about activated charcoal and its supposed properties for teeth whitening and oral health. Several dentists, including the president of the Consejo General de Dentistas of Spain , Óscar Castro Reino, vehemently denied this type of information.
Castro Reino stated that claims that activated charcoal is a product that favors teeth whitening are not only false, but also pose serious risks to oral health. The expert also emphasized the importance of consulting dental health professionals, instead of giving credit to the unsubstantiated information circulating through social networks.
He added that activated charcoal is a highly abrasive substance, so it can cause serious dental problems. He pointed out that it’s like running sandpaper through your teeth. The worst thing is that it doesn’t even make your teeth whiter.
Activated charcoal and oral health
Dr. Óscar Castro Reino stated that activated charcoal is a substance obtained thanks to a chemical process in which coconut husk is used. This material is extremely aggressive and, when applied to teeth, can significantly erode tooth enamel.
With worn tooth enamel, serious risks arise. The first is that the nerves are more unprotected and the consequence of this is a greater sensitivity of the teeth. In addition, activated charcoal is so aggressive that it can also reach the gums.
The most paradoxical thing is that, when rubbing activated charcoal into natural dentures and eroding tooth enamel, what is visible is a layer called dentin. Dentin is more yellowish than natural enamel. This means that the practice not only poses risks to oral health, but also does not provide the expected whitening effect.
What appears in the videos?
There are many influencer videos in which images of “before” and “after” teeth are presented. Viewers observe yellowish dentures to which activated charcoal is applied. Then, as you rinse, your teeth seem to turn incredibly white.
What actually happens to these images is a very basic optical effect. With the effect of charcoal, teeth turn black. When rinsing them, the contrast to the previous image will make them appear whiter. However, this is not the reality.
For Dr. Óscar Castro, it is clear that this information is completely false. However, the impression that remains among viewers is that the product is really effective. Therein lies the risk of such messages: they present misleading and misleading evidence that creates a sense of credibility.
the color of teeth
The expert also insisted that the teeth are not white in color; its natural hue is ivory. Genetic factors, as well as the consumption of certain substances such as tobacco, tea or coffee, cause this natural tone to change.
Not having ultra white teeth does not mean that there are hygiene problems or that there is a defect. This is just normal. Castro emphasized that what is important is oral health, not misleading aesthetic effects, which are, in addition, dangerous.
It is advisable to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. It is also important to make regular appointments with the dentist and follow his instructions. The dentist is the ideal professional to apply teeth whitening processes.
Teeth whitening does not use activated charcoal
It becomes necessary to insist on something that is often said: any process performed on the teeth must be supervised by an oral health professional. We should not take into account influencers’ suggestions and information from blogs and websites that are unreliable and unscientific.
The dentist is the person qualified not only to carry out the teeth whitening processes, but also to assess the oral health of each patient before applying any treatment. There are gum problems, cavities or other abnormalities that make bleaching risky.
The teeth whitening procedure must be planned and requires careful monitoring so that it does not generate undesirable consequences. Likewise, the patient must be informed about the contraindications and risks of this type of procedure.