True Or False: Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work?

We are going to try to make this as easy as possible as the subject of charcoal, and activated charcoal can turn into a pretty serious science project. So, charcoal is essentially a powder mostly made of carbon. To activate charcoal, it is burned at extremely high temperatures in an environment that is low in oxygen levels; this will make the powder activate, meaning it is now absorbent. Here is where this trend comes into play; charcoal is so absorbent that it is known to absorb toxins from your body, including your teeth.

Now, that we have got the science out of the way, does it work? This answer remains unanswered as there is simply not enough evidence out there or proven test results that show that activated charcoal works as a teeth whitener. We would advise you to not try this charcoal fad as the disadvantages are proven, and the advantages are not proven. We have listed the disadvantages for you to make sure that you stay away from activated charcoal products when you see them in the store.

Disadvantages Of Activated Charcoal

  • Abrasiveness
    • Charcoal is extremely abrasive, and the abrasiveness will turn and damage your tooth enamel, and even your gums. You only get one set of tooth enamel and one set of gums in your lifetime. You do not want to ruin them with an abrasive product such as anything infused with charcoal.
  • Side Effects
    • There are several negative side effects to ingesting activating charcoal which is bound to happen if you are brushing your teeth and tongue with a toothpaste that contains activated charcoal. The side effects can include diarrhea, vomiting, and gas/stomach pains. Another side effect is that since activated charcoal is such an ultra-absorbent substance, it can even absorb some medication that you may be on, making them less effective.

The bottom line is that there is not enough evidence to show an advantage of using any oral health product that involves activated charcoal.

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Dr. Aubrey Myers of Emerald Isle Dental Studio can educate you on new trends in the oral health market just like activated charcoal. Anytime you have questions or concerns; you can visit our Emerald Isle, NC dental office. To schedule an appointment, call (252) 370-9611 or request an appointment online.