Michigan Dentist Issues Warning Over Charcoal-Based Teeth Brushing

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Despite what some medical professionals believe, rubbing charcoal on teeth is not a great method to prevent dental erosion.


According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, soft drinks are the most significant factor in the severity of dental erosion. Examining 3,773 participants, the researchers found that wholly 79% had evidence of dental erosion, with people who drink sugary drinks having the most dental issues.


Along with soft drinks, charcoal, although not as tasty, is causing serious teeth problems, though some dental professionals believe charcoal is actually a good way of preserving teeth.


"A 100% natural tooth polish made from activated coconut shell," said Doctor Richard Marques, of Wimpole Street Dental, "charcoal strengthens the gums, removes toxins from the mouth, and absorbs bacteria and is affordable."


The Sun reports that Dr. Marques believes charcoal is an effective way to "help clean and whiten your teeth."


Few in the dental profession share the same views as Dr. Marques, however, as dentists and other medical professionals are issuing warnings about using this charcoal method to whiten teeth.


Fox News reports that dentists believe this method of charcoal-based brushing can lead to deterioration of tooth enamel and tooth erosion.


This absurd dental strategy gained popularity after a YouTube video showing a young woman, Mama Natural, brushing her teeth with charcoal for three to five minutes before proclaiming that she subsequently had much whiter teeth.


"This stuff is highly absorbent," said Mama Natural, also known as Genevieve during the video, "some of the most absorbent material on the planet. In fact, hospitals have it on hand in case someone comes in with a poisoning because it can absorb that stuff and safely remove it from the body. The same reasons works for our teeth. It absorbs bacteria, toxins, and staining, and makes then whiter as a result."


Dr. Susan Maples, a Michigan-based dentist and author of Blabber Mouth!: 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life," believes there isn't enough proof that this technique works. She also believes it can be dangerous, because once teeth are damaged, they are permanently damaged.


"My fear with the charcoal is people will do it periodically just to do it," Dr. Maples added, "and over time, we'll see too much erosion."

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