Is charcoal good for you?
Is charcoal toothpaste better for you?
These days charcoal is promoted as a healthy ingredient in all sorts of products. You will find charcoal in toothpastes, beauty products and even some foods.
In dental products, charcoal promises to clean away stains and absorb toxic substances. But does it live up to its promises?
IS CHARCOAL HEALTHIER FOR YOU?
Although marketed as ‘natural’, charcoal products actually pose potential health risks. This is considered possible due to the polyaromatic hydrocarbons in charcoal, which is a carcinogen with long term exposure.
WILL CHARCOAL MAKE YOUR TEETH WHITER?
Charcoal does not intrinsically whiten your teeth.
Charcoal’s ability to remove stains is due to its abrasiveness. Despite many charcoal toothpastes claiming to have low abrasiveness, these claims have not been independently verified. Toothpastes which are abrasive can permanently wear away the enamel on your teeth, which leads to sensitivity and increased risk of dental decay.
It’s also worth noting that charcoal particles can accumulate in the edges of your existing dental restorations, such as fillings, as well as in gum pockets, resulting in a grey/black discolouration of the teeth and gums.
The bottom line is charcoal toothpastes and powders might be doing more damage than good.
If you’re wanting to whiten your teeth, it is best to see your dentist to find out the most effective and safe options available.
To help maintain optimal oral health, it’s essential to have a good home care routing:
brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily
drink plenty of water
eat healthy foods, avoiding sugar and acids
visit your dentist every 6 months for preventative care