Charcoal Toothpaste: Is it Safe to Use?

Charcoal Toothpaste: Is it Safe to Use?

Posted by Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry on Jan 19 2021, 09:32 AM

Charcoal has made its way into several medical and cosmetic products in the recent past. From face washes to supplement pills, they are in everything! Charcoal is made from natural materials such as wood, coconut shells, and peat that burn slowly, while activated charcoal is prepared by treating such charcoal with certain gases. Activated charcoal is porous in nature, allowing the little pores in the charcoal to collect toxic substances in its vicinity that can then be flushed out along with the charcoal.

It is, thus, no surprise that it is used in toothpaste that can help do away with food debris and tartar in nooks and crannies between teeth.

Pros of Charcoal Toothpaste

The pros of charcoal in toothpaste are critiqued by dental professionals everywhere. The only possible pros are:

  • It could help remove stains on tooth enamel.
  • It could help prevent staining when used once in a while after cleanup at the dental office.
  • It may help do away with bad breath.

Cons of Charcoal Toothpaste

The cons of using charcoal toothpaste, especially on a regular basis, are as follows:

  • Charcoal is abrasive and can turn teeth yellow after a long period of time.
  • It could cause tooth sensitivity.
  • It has no effect on stains under the enamel.
  • It could stain dental restorations and teeth in older individuals.

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe for Teeth?

First things first, when charcoal toothpaste is used on a regular basis, it can wear down the tooth enamel and expose the inner surface called dentin - causing discoloration of the teeth. The abrasive nature of charcoal can also cause sensitivity in teeth. Since most charcoal toothpaste does not contain fluoride, the risk of cavities and tooth decay goes up significantly. In addition to this, elements of the charcoal toothpaste may find themselves in cracks and crevices between teeth too.

Moreover, the long-term effects of charcoal on teeth are yet to be researched. A review conducted in 2017 nudges dentists to warn patients to use charcoal toothpaste cautiously.

If you are looking to whiten your teeth using charcoal toothpaste, get in touch with us so that we may suggest the best possible whitening option for you.


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