Due to increased interest on social media, charcoal-based toothpastes and pure activated charcoal powder have rapidly gained popularity in recent years. Claims that charcoal is a natural tooth-whitener keeps people hooked on this “holistic” fad. But, just because this trend is a popular one doesn’t mean that it’s a healthy one. Our dentists in New Haven want you to know that, while the black hue of charcoal toothpaste might look enticing and unique, the dental product comes with more negatives than positives.
Charcoal Toothpaste Can Damage Tooth Enamel
Charcoal powder is an abrasive powder akin to a fine grit. This is the very texture that makes charcoal effective at removing surface stains when you rub it against your teeth.
But, temporary stain-removing power aside, using an abrasive toothpaste that has charcoal in it can actually cause too much abrasion, wearing down your tooth enamel in the long-run. Once your enamel is gone, it’s gone. Because of its highly-abrasive formula, we recommend using charcoal toothpaste only occasionally to brighten your smile, instead of on a daily basis.
Charcoal Toothpaste Could Actually Discolor Your Teeth
Surprised to hear that charcoal toothpaste can wear away enamel? Think about this: once your enamel is gone, the dark yellow inner-layer of your tooth (dentin) begins to show through. When the dentin is exposed, there’s no more white enamel left to cover it. Even worse, the fine black powder could also settle into tiny grooves in your teeth and dental work to make them look discolored.
While charcoal-based toothpastes may market themselves as being effective long-term teeth whiteners, using abrasive toothpaste too frequently could actually lead to permanent yellowing of the teeth.
Charcoal Toothpaste Can Indirectly Increase Your Cavity Risk
Another dirty secret about charcoal-based toothpaste is that most don’t have the fluoride that’s essential to preventing cavities. This means that if you use insist on using a charcoal toothpaste, you must strive to get your fluoride some other way.
Of course, some dental patients choose to stay away from fluoride altogether, but doing so while still maintaining a healthy smile can be a difficult task. We recommend paying extra special attention to brushing and flossing and avoiding sugar so that you keep your decay risk low.
The important thing to note here is that charcoal toothpaste may not deliver the cavity protection you need! Read the labels and talk with one of our West Haven dentists to find out which toothpaste is best for your oral health needs.
Your Best Teeth Whitening Options in Milford
Charcoal toothpaste can scrub away those surface stains, but it’s actually not effective at lifting pigments from deep inside your tooth enamel. The most efficient way to remove unwanted stains, yellowing, and discoloration is with a professional teeth whitening system. Talk with one of the dentists at Shoreline Dental Care to discover a teeth whitening routine that works for you!