Charcoal Toothpaste: Does It Actually Work?

 Azarko Marketing  Thursday, January 04, 2018

If you've spent any time on social media in recent years, then you've likely noticed the trend of celebrities and ordinary people using activated charcoal toothpaste to clean their teeth and achieve a whiter smile. There have been some bold claims made about the effectiveness and safety of charcoal toothpaste, so the Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group are here to separate some of the myths from the facts.

Activated charcoal is not without its medical uses. In people who have been poisoned, activated charcoal can be used to absorb certain toxins and slow the poisoning process. However, just because it has some possible applications doesn't mean that charcoal should be a key ingredient in toothpaste. In fact, according to experienced Edmonton dentists, charcoal toothpaste doesn't deliver on its dental health promises and may actually be doing more harm than good.

The Potential Risks of Using Charcoal Toothpaste

Choosing to use an activated charcoal toothpaste rather than a dentist-approved toothpaste containing fluoride comes with a few potential risks. Though short-term use likely won't cause any major issues, long-term use of charcoal toothpaste may lead to a thinning of your dental enamel. Charcoal is abrasive, and so brushing it against your teeth can easily wear the enamel away. Thin tooth enamel will put you at a greater risk of developing tooth decay, as the acid produced by plaque bacteria in your mouth will have an easier time wearing through your enamel, to the sensitive dentin underneath.

As for whitening - any positive results from using activated charcoal toothpaste are likely superficial. The charcoal may be able to remove some mild surface staining, but it won't be able to remove deeper stains from yellow- or brown-tinged teeth. In fact, if you use charcoal toothpaste long enough to cause a thinning of your dental enamel, then the dentin underneath can begin to show through. Dentin is naturally darker than tooth enamel, so your smile can begin to look more discoloured if your enamel becomes too thin.

At best, charcoal toothpaste will give you some minimal surface whitening and no other oral health benefits. At worst, however, you'll end up harming your tooth enamel. We know that modern dentistry and modern toothpastes work because people are keeping their teeth longer than ever into their senior years. It's best to stick with the tried and true.

For a Cleaner and Whiter Smile, Simply Visit Your Edmonton Dentist

When it comes to good oral health and achieving a white smile, there's no need to look towards miracle toothpastes and social media trends - a simple visit to your Edmonton dental clinic is all you need. At Azarko Dental Group we provide comprehensive dental hygiene services that, when paired with good oral hygiene at home, will help keep your teeth healthy and strong. For fast and effective teeth whitening, just ask us about our many effective teeth whitening treatment options.

To schedule an appointment at an Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic today, just contact us below.

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14938 Stony Plain Rd.

Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8