The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trend is one that seems to be here to stay. If you’re a Pinterest or IGTV fanatic yourself, then you’ll know about this ‘miracle treatment’ all too well. What started out as a beauty hack has taken off and can now be found in many toothpaste brands. The question remains; does the addition of charcoal make a difference or does it do more harm than good?
A Little Background
Who was the first person to think that rubbing black charcoal on teeth was a good idea? This is a question for another time and a longer blog but basically, the idea does have some merit due to the benefits that the substance has on the human body. Ingesting charcoal has been a remedy for digestive problems for ages. These days activated charcoal (a form of the substance that has been processed finely into a powder) is mainly used within the medical field on those that have ingested toxins as it stops these harmful substances from reaching the bloodstream through the digestive tract.
The Dental Truth
- The truth is that activated charcoal on its own is too abrasive to brush with on a daily basis since it wears away the protective enamel on your teeth.
- Additionally, if it’s not brushed off properly you could be left with a dull and grey colouring.
- Having to brush the charcoal away adds to the damage that your enamel will suffer.
- The particles of the substance are also known to get stuck in and irritate the gums.
Products that contain this toothpaste are often lacking fluoride which would typically protect the teeth. Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to support the claims that charcoal brightens and whitens teeth. Anyone that uses these products overly much may end up doing more harm than dark.
We advise that you speak with your dentist before trying a new toothpaste as your dental health will be considered. If your goal is to brighten your smile, there are safer ways to do this like simply improving your oral hygiene.
For more dental knowledge and trusted care contact My Dentist St. Leonards and we’ll be happy to take care of your dental health.