When you think of charcoal, what usually comes to mind? Summer time barbecues where it is used to heat up and cook all of your tasty food? Or do you think of something that can be used to actually make your mouth healthier and brighten your smile? Funny thing is, both answers are right!
“Acting as a natural detoxifying agent and powerful antidote, activated charcoal also offers another surprising benefit — a whiter smile. Although activated charcoal is a new concept for many, its use dates back as far as 1550 ʙ.ᴄ. Originally used to purify air and water, this remarkable powder is now often used as an antidote. It has a remarkable ability to absorb chemicals and toxins, both in your mouth and throughout your intestinal tract. Activated coconut charcoal, for instance, has been processed in order to increase its surface area through small pores. Although you may look like you’ve been chewing on dirt, applying this powder to your teeth can support the elimination of bacteria and toxins, resulting in improved oral health. Activated charcoal latches onto toxins and plaque bacteria, which can then be effectively removed. It’s also known to balance the pH within your mouth, reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. A study published in the Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research reported that activated charcoal offers numerous oral health benefits. Researchers stated that activated charcoal from both wood and coconut sources is able to change the potential of hydrogen, helping individuals to whiten and remineralize their teeth, prevent cavities, and kill cariogenic bacteria.”
Along with your regular brushing, flossing and rinsing regimen (followed by regularly visiting your Ottawa dentist) would you add activated charcoal to your oral hygiene plan?