Our Take on Charcoal Toothpaste
Thanks to social media, influencers, and celebrities touting the benefits of it, charcoal toothpaste is one of those trendy products patients ask Dr. Ben Kacos about. In fact, charcoal is thought to have a number of detoxifying properties, which is why it is used in a number of face masks, scrubs, and creams. It’s also now used in a form of toothpaste.
But is charcoal toothpaste worth it? Does it have any actual benefits that should have you reaching for a tube of it next time? Shreveport’s dentist, Dr. Kacos, offers his opinion on the trend.
Understanding What the Claims Are
According to those who market and sell these products, brushing your teeth with toothpaste containing charcoal can whiten and brighten your smile. There are claims that it can effectively remove bacteria and stains from teeth. In addition, some even claim that charcoal toothpaste can be just as effective at removing discoloration as bleaching can be.
However, according to experts, charcoal has a number of risks. Activated charcoal is used to help absorb drugs and toxins from the stomach of those who have been poisoned or have overdosed on certain medications. However, that is about where the benefits of using charcoal end.
Risks Associated with Charcoal Toothpaste
Some of these risks and concerns for using charcoal toothpaste are the following.
- Over-absorption. Charcoal can benefit those who need to absorb toxins or poisons from their stomach, but it can also potentially and inadvertently absorb needed medications.
- Abrasiveness. Charcoal toothpaste is somewhat abrasive. While some abrasiveness is fine, used in excess it can result in damage to the enamel on your tooth and also to the gum tissue. There could potentially be damage to your tooth implants.
- Constipation. Excessive use of charcoal products can result in difficulties in going to the bathroom.
- Residue and residual taste. Even patients who report loving charcoal toothpaste state that there are a black residue and residual taste after using the toothpaste. Many of them have to use regular toothpaste to get the fresh and clean breath they want.
- Lack of research. There are currently only a few studies about the benefits of using charcoal in toothpaste. The short and long-term effects of using the products are not yet fully understood.
So, perhaps one of the concerns to consider is that the whitening effectiveness of charcoal is largely speculative. There are no scientifically-backed studies that can confirm the whitening claims of charcoal and charcoal-infused toothpaste.
Effective Whitening Treatments and Solutions
To get that white and brighter smile, Dr. Kacos offers several suggestions to his patients. One suggestion is skipping foods and drinks that could potentially stain your teeth. Red wine, tea, coffee, and tomato products can lead to staining. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a whitening toothpaste containing fluoride can offer positive results. Additionally, Dr. Fadi Farhart, a dentist in Sterling Heights MI, agrees with Dr. Kacos and adds that regular teeth whitening appointments can do the trick.
Dr. Kacos offers various dental services and teeth whitening solutions that will help you maintain your beautiful healthy smile. If you are ready to learn more about the options available to you, be sure to schedule an appointment with Shreveport’s Dentist.