Lately charcoal has become a trend among beauty and skin products that have now been popular in dental products specifically toothpaste.Charcoal toothpaste has picked up its pace as more word is getting out about the wonders it does for our teeth. But does it work?
Before answering that here is a little background information on what charcoal toothpaste has that is working for others. Well for starters, it has activated charcoal! Activated charcoal has been used for medical treatments such as acute poisoning and overdose since it rids the body of the toxin through adsorption. Adsorption is a reaction where substances are absorbed on the outer surface of the activated charcoal. So, how is it working when we place it on our teeth? It functions in the same way by binding the surface stains we have on our teeth to the charcoal. Once we have given the charcoal enough time to stick to our teeth and surface stains, it can be removed. In one swoop, we can start getting rid of our teeth’s surface stains.
Just our surface stains, not the deep stains we might have or the natural yellowing of our teeth. So regarding if charcoal toothpaste works, it only works at a surface level. If you’ve been using it and have seen little difference in the whitening of your teeth it is most likely you need deep whitening.
Now, charcoal toothpaste like most products come with some risks to consider. The more informed we are about a product, the better. However, it can be difficult when there isn’t much research on a product. With that said, did you know the American Dental Association (ADA) has not given charcoal toothpaste its seal of approval? This means charcoal toothpaste has no evidence of it being safe or effective for our teeth. The ADA worries about the potential damage it might have to the teeth and gums. Most of these concerns come from our enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, which once damage it can’t heal. Once we lose our enamel, it is gone, and the use of abrasive materials can cause us to wear it out.
Besides the ADA concerns has if we choose to use charcoal toothpaste as a method of whitening our teeth do so sparingly. It shouldn’t be a replacement for cleaning your teeth or dental check-ups and if your teeth start to become sensitive then stop using the charcoal toothpaste. Remember it doesn’t hurt to be precautious when it comes to using products.