It seems like all across Facebook and Instagram, people are claiming that charcoal toothpaste is giving them the whitest teeth of their lives. Although charcoal is naturally occurring with some unique health benefits (especially for your skin), there may be some oral concerns.
Charcoal Toothpaste Risks
- Yellowing: Your initial instinct to avoid rubbing anything black across your teeth, has some scientific standing. According to a recent article published in the Journal of The American Dental Association, some charcoal toothpaste may do the opposite effect of whitening and may yellow your teeth.
- Toxicity: Another thing to consider when using a product that contains charcoal— especially orally— is the toxicity of it. Although charcoal can have some health benefits, it’s important to find out where it was derived from.
- Enamel: One of the main benefits that charcoal toothpaste claim to have is the ability to scrub your teeth of stains because they contain abrasives. However, although charcoal is a naturally abrasive substance, there is a concern that it’s too abrasive. It may actually erode away your enamel. Remember that your teeth are delicate and that although brushing them is a great way to get rid of surface stains, too much abrasiveness can cause permanent damage.
Professional Teeth Whitening
- Consider Professional Whitening: Let’s Face it, it’s better to be safe than sorry. This is especially when it comes to your oral care. We encourage our patients to give professional tooth whitening from DR. Steven Holbrook a try because we know that we can give most patients real results almost every time. However, if you are interested in trying an over-the-counter whitening remedy, skip the charcoal toothpaste altogether. Invest in a toothpaste or dental product that has The American Dental Association’s stamp of approval on it.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about tooth whitening or to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM office, please call (505) 881-1159