Do those charcoal toothpastes actually contain real charcoal?
Charcoal can be made from a variety of materials, including peat, coal, or wood. Activated charcoal comes from charcoal that has been heated up while contained with certain gases. The charcoal develops small internal pores as a result of this process. Because these pores assist activated charcoal in trapping chemicals, it is frequently used in attempts to absorb toxins in the stomach.
Social media content creators and beauty product companies have begun pushing charcoal toothpaste and other beauty items in recent years. The toothpaste has received excessive marketing leading to its high popularity.
The addition of charcoal in toothpaste is advertised as a helpful additive that can lift larger amounts of staining from your teeth creating the appearance of brighter and whiter teeth.
What are the advertised 'benefits' of charcoal toothpaste?
Unfortunately, charcoal toothpastes are not recommended by dental professionals as there have been no studies into its safety or efficacy.
Additionally, charcoal has a gritty texture that could permanently harm your teeth's enamel. This has the potential to not only add to existing stains but also hasten the onset of more severe issues like cavities and tooth decay.
If you have sensitive teeth you should avoid charcoal toothpaste as it has been shown to increase the sensitivity in patients' teeth,
What other teeth whitening options are there that are safe?
Ensuring a daily oral hygiene routine including brushing and flossing is the top way to keep your teeth bright and healthy. Using a toothpaste and toothbrush approved by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) is essential. It's also important to schedule regular preventive hygiene appointments at our Langley dental office.
Avoiding foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, dark-coloured beverages, and chocolate can help you keep your teeth white.
If you maintain your oral health but are still looking for a brighter smile, our dentists recommend professional teeth whitening treatments as a way to safely brighten your smile without damaging your teeth. Retail stores also sell bleaching products that are recognized as safe by the CDA.