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.
Obviously everyone can do what he thinks best for himself, but there are certain cases in which it seems very imprudent to recommend certain habits or remedies, because they can have serious consequences on the health of people. A bacterial infection that is not treated properly, may end up complicating.
From examples like these, I have many and even more serious ones. And obviously, we can all make mistakes. I the first one. But I think we should be as cautious as possible when we talk about health and transmit advice.
In this context, I have long seen many girls recommend a product called active charcoal teeth whitening naturally. From what I have seen in photos and videos, it consists of dipping the toothbrush in a kind of black powder (activated charcoal) and brushing the teeth in the same way that we would with a normal toothpaste. Then you have to brush your teeth again with the usual toothpaste. Of course, most use a non-fluorine, although this is another fashion that would give a new post.
The issue is that tooth whitening with activated charcoal has expanded worldwide, especially through social networks. But is it really a reliable and healthy treatment?
What is known is that activated charcoal is used to purify water, to absorb harmful substances from the body in case of poisoning and that it has an important medical use in hospitals.
Also, the most important thing to maintain a white smile is to have good oral hygiene, avoid tobacco and reduce those foods and drinks that stain the teeth.
However, we must not forget that the color of the original teeth is not the ‘nuclear’ target. Its tone is determined by the dentin, that part of the tooth, which along with genetics, are responsible for said yellowish and natural color. In that sense, we should not resort to lemon or bicarbonate as home remedies to whiten teeth, because they can also damage the enamel.