Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe to Use?
The truth behind betting on black to get whiter teeth
What Is Activated Charcoal?
So, Should You Put Charcoal In Your Mouth?
The reality, as it so often is, may be somewhere in the middleWhat Kind of Stains Does Charcoal Work OnMy dentist friend also advised me that activated charcoal will only work on surface stains that it is able to bind to, especially those from drinks like coffee and tea. âI recommend a charcoal toothpaste to remove surface stains but not to whiten teeth,â says cosmetic dentist Gregg Lituchy, adding, âIt is difficult to actually whiten a tooth with any toothpaste, but those with charcoal do remove surface stains effectivelyâ
"It is difficult to actually whiten a tooth with any toothpaste, but those with charcoal do remove stains effectively"
What's The Deal With Detoxing?
If youâre looking to work charcoal into your whitening and breath-freshening routine, try brushing with a charcoal-based paste or subbing in a toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles every other day to strip away food and drink stains Since very little study has been done on the abrasive effects of charcoal on teeth, Lituchy advises erring on the side of caution and brushing the paste on very gently to avoid wearing down the enamel which can ultimately make teeth look darker Speaking of enamel, donât go throwing out your regular toothpaste just yet âActivated charcoal can be used as a supplement to brushing with regular toothpaste for people who are seeking a whiter smile, but it cannot be used in place of it,â says Lituchy âRegular toothpaste gives us the fluoride we need to fight dental decay so itâs necessary to keep it as part of a daily regimenâ