Rising Use Of Charcoal In Personal Care Products Leads To Warnings From Health Officials.

Rising Use Of Charcoal In Personal Care Products Leads To Warnings From Health Officials.

On its website and in a broadcast, KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau, MO (2/14, Murphy, Trowbridge) reported on the growing popularity of activated charcoal in personal care products, including some that say the black powder can whiten teeth. KFVS noted that “activated charcoal has been used in emergency rooms for years to absorb poison in the stomach or in case of overdoses,” and medical professionals and health experts are cautioning against using activated charcoal for other purposes. For dental health, KFVS reported a dentist recommends brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on teeth whitening. In addition, several whitening toothpastes have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Charcoal teeth whitening products do not have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

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