Charcoal toothpaste has become a trend that is being seen everywhere which leads our patients to ask us if it might be right for them. Here, our Surrey dentists discuss some of the reasons why charcoal toothpaste is not recommended and offer other, safer teeth whitening options to try instead.
Is charcoal toothpaste actually made from charcoal?
Charcoal can be made from a variety of substances such as peat, coal, or wood. Activated charcoal is made by heating charcoal in the presence of a gas. This process causes the charcoal to develop small internal pores. These pores help activated charcoal trap chemicals, which is why it is often used in attempts to absorb toxins in the stomach.
Over the past few years, charcoal has gained popularity as a health and beauty product being used in various different areas with a variety of expected outcomes. One area that has become very popular is teeth whitening and toothpaste.
The addition of charcoal in toothpaste is advertised as a helpful additive that can lift stains on your teeth and make them appear whiter and brighter.
What will the result be if I choose to use charcoal toothpaste?
One of the first and foremost reasons why our dentists do not stand behind the claim that charcoal toothpaste is beneficial to your teeth is because there has been no evidence to suggest it.
Furthermore, charcoal has an abrasive texture that may cause permanent damage to the enamel of your teeth. Not only can this lead to further staining, but it can also cause more serious problems like cavities and tooth decay.
If you have sensitive teeth you should avoid charcoal toothpaste as it has been been shown to increase the sensitivity in patients teeth,
What other options can I use to whiten my teeth safely?
The number one way to maintain a white smile is to be consistent with your oral health routine. Regular flossing and brushing with a toothpaste and toothbrush approved by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) are essential. It's also important to schedule regular preventive hygiene appointments at our Surrey dental office.
Another way to maintain a white smile is to limit eating and drinking foods or beverages that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, dark-coloured beverages, and chocolate.
If you maintain your oral health but are still looking for a brighter smile, our dentists recommend professional teeth whitening treatments as a way to safely brighten your smile without damaging your teeth. Retail stores also sell bleaching products that are recognized as safe by the CDA.
At Hanin Dental Surrey our dental team can perform professional teeth whitening treatments to help brighten your smile. Contact our Surrey dentists today to learn more about the teeth whitening options recommended by our dentists.