Activated charcoal is one of the latest health trends in foods and also in dental care products. Though it may sound strange to brush your teeth with a black paste, charcoal toothpaste has become a hot trend. But does it actually whiten your teeth? Is charcoal toothpaste good for your teeth? Your local Dayton, OH area cosmetic dentist, Michael H. Halasz, DDS, and his colleagues have some thoughts about this latest trend.
First of all, there is no substitute for proper oral care. Before you turn to “natural” dental care products with activated charcoal, consult a trusted cosmetic dentist in your area. At the dental office of Michael H. Halasz, DDS, we know for sure that whiter teeth start with clean, healthy teeth, so Dayton area patients need to get professional oral care before considering these products. Luckily, we offer the full range of dental care.
Cosmetic Dental Services Offered in the Dayton, OH Area
- Cosmetic dentistry
- 3D scans
Benefits of Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Before we start warning you off using these products, let’s acknowledge that there are some health benefits to activated charcoal. According to a WebMD article about activated charcoal, it binds to drugs and toxins, helping to “rid the body of unwanted substances.” However, this is in reference to taking activated charcoal internally. Users claim that charcoal in toothpaste removes toxins as well as stains in the tooth enamel, but that’s not the full story.
Risks of Charcoal Toothpaste
While activated charcoal can be useful in certain situations, the risks of using it in toothpaste come from several factors, including:
Abrasiveness – The small particles of charcoal can be more abrasive than other types of toothpaste, wearing away enamel and possibly damaging delicate gum tissue.
Lack of fluoride – Cosmetic dentists have sworn by the ability of fluoride to whiten and strengthen tooth enamel for decades, but many natural toothpastes don’t contain it.
Stomach issues – Overuse of activated charcoal has been shown to cause constipation and over-absorption of beneficial bacteria and medications.
Unknown efficacy – There are a lack of medical studies about how activated charcoal use affects the body, as well as about the tooth whitening effects of charcoal. In short, we’re not sure if it works to whiten teeth.
Taste and staining – Another problem with charcoal toothpaste is that it often leaves lingering odor and black particles in the mouth, and some users even have to brush with a fluoride toothpaste afterwards!
When it comes to tooth whitening, nothing beats a visit to a cosmetic dentist. Professional teeth whitening processes have been studied, vetted, and proven to remove stains and promote healthy tooth enamel. And your cosmetic dentist can also help you get your teeth healthy, which keeps them whiter for longer.
If you’re looking for a whiter, healthier smile in the Dayton, OH area, know that Michael H. Halasz, DDS and his staff are there for you. They are fully trained in all kinds of dentistry from teeth whitening all the way to root canals and orthodontic care. And we’re always welcoming new patients! Contact us today for an appointment.