Being at the dental section of a retail store can be an overwhelming experience for almost everyone these days. So many different toothbrushes to choose from and now there is even more choice. Activated charcoal infused toothbrushes and charcoal floss pics are now available alongside the humble toothbrushes.
Activated charcoal has been used in ancient and holistic healing practices for years. It is also known as activated carbon. It is important to be aware that non-activated charcoal is not the same and is extremely dangerous in humans. Therefore, it is a vital to select products with activated charcoal only. Activated Charcoal is only ever used for medicinal purposes. Activated charcoal has a very porous surface and is able to absorb toxins, bacteria and stain particles in the mouth. It can also cleanse the skin, purify, and filter water. In some medical emergencies, activated charcoal can be used to remove toxins/poisons from the body.
Charcoal toothbrushes contain nylon bristles that have been infused with activated charcoal. Charcoal toothbrushes can be found with bamboo handles which are natural and biodegradable, but the charcoal infused bristles are not biodegradable. Charcoal infused toothbrushes are also available with plastic handles like the original toothbrush. For anyone interested in trying a charcoal toothbrush, the new Colgate SlimSoft Charcoal Infused toothbrush is now available and has been selected by Dentists Review as the best charcoal toothbrush for 2017.
Activated charcoal toothbrushes are safe to use and are affordable overall. The oral health benefits of charcoal toothbrushes depends mainly on how much activated charcoal particles are infused into the nylon bristles. The appearance of black or dark grey bristles is not an indicator of the amount of activated charcoal present. To date, there have been no studies done to prove the effectiveness of charcoal toothbrushes in comparison to traditional toothbrushes. Some factors to consider though are the amount of activated charcoal particles infused into the nylon bristles and the benefit present after a few uses. The particles of activated charcoal slough off the nylon bristles during brushing.
Although, activated charcoal has many oral health benefits, many more oral hygiene factors directly affect oral health and must be considered in any oral health treatment plan. The following factors are all very important for optimum tooth brushing and maintaining excellent oral health for the long term.
- The amount of time spent tooth brushing
- The frequency of tooth brushing, how often do you brush?
- Tooth brushing technique
- The amount of pressure used during tooth brushing
- Predisposing risk of gum disease
- Overall physical health
Therefore, the type of toothbrush one chooses to use, is not the only important factor to be considered in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
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