You may have heard the hype on charcoal toothpaste on commercials, in magazines, in posters and maybe even in your dentist's office. Charcoal is made by slow-burning materials (i.e., wood) and activated charcoal was created for medical reasons. Activated charcoal is made by heating charcoal with gas, which allows it to become more porous.
But charcoal? Isn’t that what you use on the grill? Is it really good for your teeth? Let’s dive in and find out the good, the bad and the ugly on charcoal toothpaste. Is it really worth the hype or is it all a marketing campaign?
Activated charcoal is known to absorb toxic chemicals, and is also known to lower cholesterol levels and maybe even prevent hangovers. While that’s all great, but what about teeth? It is said that even ancient Romans used charcoal to brush their teeth.
Activated charcoal toothpaste is designed to remove surface stains on your teeth. Because charcoal is mildly abrasive and for this reason can absorb some of the surface stains. However, there is not a whole lot of evidence that it can be used as a natural whiting effect below the enamel. Due to these abrasives, charcoal toothpaste is not suited for everyday use. This can even make your teeth look more yellow and more sensitive.
If you are in need of some fluoride in your life, then charcoal toothpaste isn’t for you, as it doesn’t contain any. But if you still want to try it, make sure you have a fluoride mouthwash. And should be noted that it can cause cracks and crevices in older teeth. However, charcoal toothpaste can help to improve bad breath.
While there aren’t a lot of known pros, it is always best to speak to your dentist before venturing into charcoal toothpaste. They may have a brand that they would recommend or even recommend a different type of toothpaste for teeth whitening.