DIY projects can be a lot of fun when it comes to home improvement projects or paint nights. But when it comes to your dental health and teeth whitening, the DIY trend is leading to dangerous and harmful results. In today’s Healthy Smiles column, I’m going to address some of the latest fads people are trying, in attempts to whiten their teeth, and I’ll explain the best proven methods for teeth whitening today.
Activated charcoal is popping up in numerous beauty products lately, with some health and beauty “experts” recommending using the black powder as a DIY teeth whitening remedy. In reality, charcoal is so abrasive and staining that it can actually remove the white enamel of your teeth—revealing the yellowish layer of dentin underneath—and/or darken your gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) studied this practice and determined that there is no evidence that charcoal is safe or effective.