Cavities & Put It To The Test: Brushing with Charcoal – Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
- 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity
- tooth decay is the #1 chronic child illness
- Cavities cause pain, chewing problems, broken teeth and tooth loss
These things can affect your appearance, confidence and self-esteem.
Many people think that limiting their sugar intake alone is the solution to cavities, but their are other cause of tooth decay as well. Bacteria from kissing, aggressive dental hygiene and medications that cause dry-mouth are some other common cavity culprits.
If you just can’t give up those sugary sodas or acidic energy drinks, professionals advise that you drink with a straw to keep the liquid away form your teeth, and then rinse your mouth out after.
The pH level in your water can also affect your teeth. Any pH of less than 7 is considered acidic and Dr. Joseph Harmon tells us that many bottled waters actually have a pH level of about 3 or 4.
- Baking soda: 9
- Vinegar: 2.2
- Stomach acid: 1-2
- Battery acid: 0
People have started a new tooth trend to make their pearly whites even whiter: using charcoal powder when they brush.
Activated charcoal supposedly grabs stains from the teeth. It is sold in health food stores and comes in different flavors. Tanya Garrison bought a container of InVitamin brand charcoal powder on Amazon for $12.
It proved to lighten teeth but is not considered a teeth whitener, it is a stain remover.
There are plenty of other natural ways to lighten your teeth like eating strawberries, crunchy fruits and vegetables, or using baking soda and lemon juice. Flossing can also help remove stains from in between your teeth.