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The General Council of Dentists of Spain warns of the dangers of performing dental whitening without the supervision of a dentist and emphasizes the importance of the prior assessment of the oral health status of the patient by a dentist before whitening. The American Dental Association (ADA) warns of bleaches with activated charcoal and “natural” home remedies that can also pose a danger to oral health.
What is activated charcoal?
The activated charcoal according to the online encyclopedia Quimica.ES “is derived from carbonaceous materials product having an exceptionally high surface area, measured by nitrogen absorption and is characterized by very microporous”. These micropores make it a material with absorption power but it is also a hard abrasive material so, applied to the enamel continuously and with friction, it can wear out badly.
Activated charcoal (or active charcoal) tooth whiteners usually promise harmless teeth whitening and attribute this bleaching effect to the absorption power of activated carbon that removes dirt from teeth . What the experts say is that the activated charcoal, in getting in contact with the saliva, what it absorbs is the saliva and little else.
Applied with high frequency, it becomes abrasive for enamel. So what can seem to whiten the teeth what it really does is to wear away the protective layer called enamel leaving the tooth unprotected before external agents and increasing the risk of decay and tooth sensitivity. According to the study Surface changes of enamel after brushing with charcoal toothpaste the size of the particles is such that with friction, the roughness of the surface of the enamel increases increasing the proliferation of bacteria and biofilm and the resistance of the bacteria.  More risk of caries and periodontal diseases.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says there is no scientific evidence to ensure that products with activated charcoal help whiten teeth. Activated carbon is an abrasive material that, in fact, can turn them yellowish if, after using them, the enamel is removed and the dentin is visible (a softer and weaker inner layer of the tooth).
Are “natural” bleaches “harmless”?
The ADA also talks about home remedies such as baking soda, acidic foods, oils and spices. According to the Association, bicarbonate has an abrasive effect such as activated carbon. On using lemons or vinegar, it is recommended not to have them in contact with the teeth for a long time because of its corrosive effect and the spices clarifies that there is no scientific evidence to show that the oil or turmeric whiten the teeth.
The General Council of Dentists recommends going to a dental clinic if you want to whiten your teeth and follow the instructions of a licensed dentist. It is important that a dentist reviews the oral health of the patient before a whitening treatment to rule out possible oral health problems and to determine the appropriate whitening treatment for each case. It must be remembered that sometimes internal bleaching is required instead of external bleaching and that can only be diagnosed by a dentist.
The American Dental Association recommends following proper oral hygiene:
- Brush teeth with special attention to the interdental space
- Minimum teeth washing 2 times a day for 2 minutes
- Use toothpaste approved and recommended by dental associations
- No Smoking
- Reduce the consumption of food and drinks that stain your teeth: coffee, tea, wine …
- Visit the dentist at least once a year
From the Dental Center M. Castellsagué we also recommend going to a trusted dentist if you want to perform a teeth whitening, perform tooth whitening in a dental clinic with qualified professionals and appropriate materials, perform proper oral hygiene at home, perform dental hygiene professionals and periodic dental reviews and reduce the consumption of foods that stain the enamel.
A few days ago I was surprised to see how a health coach, with thousands of followers, recommended a follower to treat a urine infection with only essential oil of oregano. From what I have read, this oil seems to have preventive and even antibiotic properties in the case of urinary tract infections. But it seems imprudent to recommend only this natural remedy, without even knowing the extent of the infection, and not logical (at least, for me) when there is a suspicion that the disease is already present: go to the doctor and, if confirmed the bacterial infection, start a treatment with antibiotics.
Also on social networks, I was alarmed to see another girl, also a health advisor, explain that she had decided not to take the antibiotics that the dentist had prescribed for an infection in her mouth because she was already taking an onion and garlic juice daily (? ). Yes, these vegetables will have antimicrobial properties, but I understand that the doctor prescribes this medication for a reason.
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