Activated Charcoal To Whiten Teeth, Myth or Fact?

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Activated Charcoal To Whiten Teeth,

Myth or Fact?

Activated Charcoal has become a trend in the world of cosmetics, health, including dental and oral health. Activated Charcoal is not the usual black charcoal that we meet for grilling, but a special charcoal made from coal, wood, or other substances that are heated using gas, so that large pores containing minerals are formed. The pores contained in activated charcoal are able to capture various chemical compounds. Activated charcoal is widely used for medical purposes. Recently, activated charcoal has been widely used as a mixture for beauty products such as masks, scrubs, facial washes, and so on. Even charcoal is often a content found in several brands of toothpaste and toothbrushes because it is believed to be able to whiten teeth. Then, is activated charcoal really able to make our teeth whiter? Is the use of toothpaste products with charcoal content safe for our dental health? In this article, we will discuss facts about charcoal in dental care products.

The use of activated charcoal in the world of health is not new, even in the 1990s the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that activated charcoal can be used for detoxification in cases of poisoning or overdose. Activated charcoal is also often used to reduce cholesterol in the blood, detox the body, relieve bloating, and lose weight. The use of activated charcoal to clean teeth was initially popular on the African continent, where the use of activated charcoal to clean teeth was done because of the unavailability of toothpaste there. From these reasons came the idea to use charcoal in toothpaste which is then claimed to be able to whiten teeth. What are the facts? Is this a fact, or is it just a marketing trick?

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) in 2017, there is no evidence to show that activated charcoal is safe and capable of whitening teeth. Activated charcoal can't actually whiten teeth, but it can remove stains that stick to teeth. Quoted from the Pharmaceutical journal, until now, there has been no scientific research that proves the effectiveness of charcoal toothpaste in teeth whitening, oral hygiene, and overcoming bad breath. In addition, using a tooth whitener made from activated charcoal can actually damage the enamel layer on your teeth. It is an abrasive material. Its rough texture can make the enamel become rough so that it can make it easier for stains to stick to the tooth surface. An article in the Journal of Physics Conference Serie confirmed this. According to the article, after using toothpaste containing charcoal for one month, the surface of the tooth enamel becomes rougher.

Healthy teeth are actually clean, neat, free from caries, so actually the color of the teeth is just a personal preference of each. However, it is undeniable that the desire of some people to have whiter teeth to support their appearance and social status makes people easily attracted to the claims of toothpaste products containing charcoal which are believed to be able to whiten teeth naturally. For a more attractive smile with white teeth, one of the dental treatments you can do is dental whitening or bleaching. BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) comes with complete facilities including dental whitening. As one of the most trusted dental clinics in Bali, BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is equipped with the best teeth whitening technology from Fläsh Whitening. Fläsh is the latest teeth whitening technology from Germany with more than 25 years of experience. Fläsh is equipped with a Whitening Lamp that can whiten your teeth in just 45 minutes to 1 hour of treatment. In addition, dental whitening treatment with Fläsh is equipped with a Chairside Light Whitening System including tooth mousse and vitamin E soothing gel which is applied after treatment to maximize treatment.

Make your dream of having white teeth and a beautiful smile comes true with Fläsh Whitening at BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center. BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is ready to serve you with the best professional dentists in their fields. BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is a trusted dental clinic near Kuta and not far from the airport. Don't let dental problems ruin your holiday in Bali, if you are enjoying the beautiful views of Ubud and unexpectedly need a dentist, the distance from Ubud to BIA (Bali Implant Aesthetic) Dental Center is approximately 35 km. Entrust your dental care to the dentist at the best dental clinic in Bali of your choice.

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