Charcoal toothpaste seems to be the latest thing that everyone is using to whiten their teeth. It’s been around for a few years. In fact, charcoal has been used for medical reasons for hundreds of years. But does it actually work? Will using a charcoal toothpaste whiten my teeth?
Charcoal is still used in medicine for treatment of drug overdose. The charcoal works by grabbing and absorbing the drug, stopping it from being absorbed into the body. I think this is part of the reason that it has been added into toothpastes. The logic is that the charcoal will absorb molecules from teeth, acting to whiten them.
In actual fact, this is not how charcoal works in a toothpaste. Charcoal toothpaste works in exactly the same way as any other whitening toothpaste. It works by being abrasive. The charcoal particles are rubbed against the teeth during brushing. This acts to polish the teeth and remove surface stain.
Charcoal toothpaste will not whiten your teeth. It will work to remove stain but the natural colour of your teeth will remain the same.
Is charcoal toothpaste safe?
I’ve had a look and there isn’t any decent research that exists about charcoal toothpaste. So it’s a bit of an unknown. If you want to try it out, you need to buy it from a company that you recognise.
There are a few people popping up and flogging charcoal toothpaste because they want to cash in while it’s the latest trend. If it’s an unknown company, they may not have properly tested their product and it may do you more harm than good. The risk with charcoal toothpaste is how abrasive it is. If it’s really abrasive with big charcoal particles, it may damage the enamel. It may look like your teeth are getting whiter but you may be slowly removing the enamel from your teeth.
That’s why it’s so important to try a product from a trustworthy company. If you really want to try charcoal, you need to be careful.
How can I really whiten my teeth?
The only way to actually change the colour of your teeth is with professional whitening. When prescribed by a dentist, this is a safe and careful way to whiten and brighten your smile. To find out more about whitening, read our article.