Charcoal has been putting the beauty industry in a spin over the last couple of years, facial scrubs, cleansers and facial masks all growing in popularity.
Activated charcoal, which has been treated with heat to become more porous, is sometimes administered in pill form at hospitals for poison control, says Massachusetts-based dentist Svetlana Novak, DMD.
Here is what you need to know about Charcoal Toothpaste:
- Research has revealed that activated charcoal helps to push up the pH level of the oral cavity primarily because it can bind with acidic components.
- Activated charcoal is typically derived from the fine carbon powder obtained from burnt coconut shells, olive pits, coal, sawdust or bone char.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) has released many warnings against usage of charcoal toothpaste.
- The high abrasive nature of this toothpaste erodes the enamel, leading to exposure of the inner layer known as dentin.
- Charcoal can also gradually settle in between the gums, leading to other complications like inflammation and trauma to the gums
Article by: HEALTH & WELLNESS / 9 JULY 2019, 2:00PM / VIWE NDONGENI-NTLEBI