Should I use charcoal toothpaste?

Perhaps you've seen advertisements for charcoal toothpaste, praised for its teeth-whitening qualities, and have wondered if you should make the switch from your regular toothpaste. Today, our Surrey dentists discuss why charcoal toothpaste might not be the best option for your smile. 

While activated charcoal made a splash on social media a couple of years ago and became a new health trend, our dentists recommend using other options to maintain a white, healthy smile. 

What is charcoal toothpaste and how is it used?

Charcoal can be made from a variety of substances such as peat, coal, or wood. Activated charcoal is made by heating charcoal in the presence of a gas. This process causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or pores. These pores help activated charcoal trap chemicals, which is why it is often used in attempts to absorb toxins in the stomach. Charcoal is an additive commonly found in products such as makeup, facewash, and now toothpaste. 

Its intended purpose in toothpaste is to lift stains on your teeth and make them appear whiter and brighter. 

What will activated charcoal do to my teeth?

One of the reasons many dentists recommend against charcoal toothpaste is that there is no substantial evidence that proves charcoal works to whiten teeth. 

Furthermore, charcoal has an abrasive texture that may cause permanent damage to the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to further staining and more serious problems like cavities and tooth decay. Anyone who has receding gums or sensitive teeth will especially want to avoid charcoal toothpaste as it can worsen tooth sensitivity. 

What are some effective options to whiten my teeth?

Maintaining a healthy and consistent oral hygiene routine is one of the best ways you can naturally whiten your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste and toothbrush approved by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). You may also want to limit eating and drinking foods or beverages that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, dark-coloured beverages, and chocolate. And don't forget to book regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. 

At Guildford Smiles Dentistry, we also offer professional teeth whitening treatments that can safely whiten your enamel without damaging it if you are a good candidate. Retail stores also sell bleaching products that are recognized as safe by the CDA. 

Our dentists can help you keep your smile healthy. If you're unsure about which teeth whitening method would be best for you, contact us — we can check your smile and help you decide.

Looking for more information on safe teeth whitening procedures? Contact our Surrey dentists today to book an appointment.

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