You’ve probably seen loads of social media for teeth whitening using charcoal. But does it really work? Activated charcoal anecdotally does seem to whiten teeth. However, there are no published studies to prove that it actually does. The Australian Dental Association hasn’t approved charcoal for use on teeth either. There’s a risk of damage to healthy teeth when whitening, whether it’s with charcoal or other whitening products if conducted at home, unsupervised by a dentist. If an abrasive charcoal is used, it may actually erode the healthy enamel of your teeth. In short, talk to your dentist before you spend money on whitening products sold over the internet. It’s going to be a much costlier and possibly painful experience should you end up damaging your teeth.
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