Often our patients will ask us if they should be using charcoal toothpaste to brighten their smiles. Here, our Surrey dentists explain why they recommend against charcoal toothpaste and offer more effective options that can be used to whiten your teeth instead.
What is charcoal toothpaste?
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.
In recent years, charcoal has become a popular additive in a variety of products—toothpaste included.
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 activated charcoal do to my teeth?
One of the reasons many dentists recommend against charcoal toothpaste is that there is no substantial evidence that proves charcoal works to whiten teeth.
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'll especially want to avoid charcoal toothpaste as it has been known to increase tooth sensitivity.
What are some effective options to whiten my teeth?
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 Proactive Dental Studio we offer professional take-home teeth whitening kits. Contact our Surrey dentists today to see what option is right for your smile.