Perhaps you've seen advertisements for charcoal toothpaste, which is praised for its teeth-whitening properties, and wondered if you should switch from your regular toothpaste. Today, our North Vancouver dentist explains why charcoal toothpaste may not be the best choice for your smile.
While activated charcoal made a splash on social media a couple of years ago and became a new health trend, our dentists recommend using other options to maintain a white, healthy smile.
What is charcoal toothpaste and how is it used?
Charcoal can be made from a variety of different materials, including peat, coal, and wood. Charcoal is activated by heating it in the presence of a gas. This process results in the formation of numerous internal spaces or pores in the charcoal. These pores aid activated charcoal in absorbing chemicals, which is why it is frequently used to aid in the digestion of toxins. Charcoal is a substance that is frequently found in cosmetics, facewash, and, more recently, toothpaste.
Its primary function in toothpaste is to dislodge stains from your teeth, thereby making them appear whiter and brighter.
What will activated charcoal do to my teeth?
One of the reasons many dentists advise against using charcoal toothpaste is that there is no convincing evidence that it whitens teeth.
Furthermore, the abrasive texture of charcoal may cause permanent damage to your tooth's enamel, leading to further staining and more serious issues such as cavities and tooth decay. Charcoal toothpaste should be avoided by anyone with receding gums or sensitive teeth, as it can exacerbate tooth sensitivity.
What are some effective options to whiten my teeth?
One of the best ways to naturally whiten your teeth is to maintain a healthy and consistent oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a Canadian Dental Association-approved toothpaste and toothbrush (CDA). You should also limit your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, dark-coloured beverages, and chocolate. Also, remember to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
At Seymour Dental Centre, we also offer professional teeth whitening treatments that can safely whiten your enamel without damaging it if you are a good candidate. Retail stores also sell bleaching products that are recognized as safe by the CDA.
Are you interested in learning more about safe teeth whitening procedures? To schedule an appointment with our North Vancouver dentists, call Seymour Dental Clinic today.