By: Annie Morgan
Activated charcoal is a black fine powder often used to treat poison overdoses, but people are using it for other purposes – including dental hygiene.
So what makes people take this black power and put it all over their teeth?
Well, some say it can illuminate your teeth and make them shine bright and white.
Others say it damages your teeth and you should stay far away.
So, what’s the truth?
Here’s what the experts have to say.
Some Say Yes
Seen as the current “health fad” – you can find trendy people posting pictures with black teeth, as they claim charcoal toothpaste is the greatest thing ever.
But is it?
Some dentists say yes.
Ask The Dentist reported:
“This toothpaste is a fantastic way to remove extrinsic stains (discoloration from substances on the outside of the tooth, like wine, coffee, berries, other staining foods). Keep in mind, though, that this isn’t the same thing as whitening teeth. Stain removal, however, is still an important part of keeping your teeth beautiful.”
For people looking to remove deep stains this might be a good option.
In addition, brushing your teeth can freshen your breath in a natural way.
Many people who are looking for a natural toothpaste without chemicals often opt for this natural choice.
Some Say No
Many dentists are not a fan of people brushing their teeth with activated charcoal.
They claim activated charcoal is too abrasive and can actually damage the tooth enamel.
Delta Dental of Washington reported:
“The ADA hasn’t given activated charcoal its Seal of Acceptance. In 2017, an article in the Journal of the American Dental Association said that there isn’t sufficient clinical and lab data to substantiate the claims of charcoal’s ability to whiten teeth (as well as to not damage them).”
But these dentists are the same ones that encourage people to use chemical toothpastes and fluoride for “dental care”.
Personally, when I asked my dentist he didn’t look too thrilled when I mentioned I was using activated charcoal, but he admitted I can rotate and use it with a typical toothpaste and it would be fine.
However, some still warn people to stay away.
Men’s Health reported:
“For one, the compounds in activated charcoal can be abrasive. Research from the Journal of Physics: Conference Series found that brushing with activated charcoal increases the roughness of tooth enamel, which can make it easier for bacteria to stick to the surface. That can put you at risk of greater plaque accumulation, more cavities, and even periodontal disease.”
So Does Activated Charcoal Actually Work?
If you have poor dental hygiene and a host of dental problems, smearing activated charcoal on your teeth is not a miracle cure.
But many people who are looking to slightly improve the color of their teeth report success from the product.
The best way to have white teeth is proper dental care – which includes brushing and flossing regularly.
And remember drinks like tea, coffee, and red wine stain your teeth!
Finally, for healthy teeth make sure you stay hydrated and drink a lot of water to keep your mouth hydrated.
Have you ever brushed teeth with activated charcoal?
If not, what is holding you back?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know the pros and cons of activated charcoal!