Silicon Dioxide

The Pros and Cons

Silicon Dioxide

To begin, Silicon Dioxide also known as silica is found naturally as crystalline state (which means it looks a little like a crystal). This chemical compound is often found in sand, but not all sands. If you ever liked playing with sand, like me, you could notice the small clear little crystal like bits in the sand. That would be silica. Silica can also be found in rocks and observed as minerals, called quartz, which is another crystalline state of silica.

The Molecular Shape of Silicon Dioxide

This is a two dimensional representation of what the molecule would look like. The Silicon Dioxide molecule in this image shows molecular bond between, a Silicon atom and two oxygen atoms. The atoms are held together by a polar covalent bond which means that the electrons are closer one of the atoms more than the other giving a magnetic charge. The Silicon dioxide molecule shape is bent which is how it could be a polar molecule which means that one end of the molecule is Slightly negative and one end is slightly positive, this is represented by the two symbols on the right of the image.

Silicon Dioxide compositions and forms

Common Uses

Health Benefits

Silicon Dioxide is a mineral that can be found in foods that we eat. This chemical compound is important because it plays a large role in the development of bones, teeth, nails and hair. Some biomedical researchers have found that a lack of Silicon dioxide in our bodies could result in arthritis, weak bone formation and poor tooth development.

Safe use

When handling this chemical compound avoid direct contact with skin and eyes, because of the Silicon dioxide crystals are able to irritate the skin, cause tearing, redness and itching. Inhaling the crystals in the form dust could cause lung damage possibly (unconfirmed) to also lead to lung cancer. Consuming large amounts of Silicon Dioxide over a long period of time could result in the formation of kidney stones.