Is Charcoal Toothpaste A Fad?

Charcoal toothpaste is one of the current trending topics in cosmetic dental treatments. You’ve likely seen it on television ads, the use of activated charcoal in face masks, as supplements and even as toothpaste! It’s all due to its detoxification properties. However, just like many home remedies, there are pros and cons. Let’s take a look at both sides and end with the recommendation from Dr. Engelberg.

First: The Pro’s Of Charcoal Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth with charcoal toothpaste is believed to remove stains on teeth and bacteria from the mouth. The charcoal toothpaste makers claim it removes discoloration without bleaching.

The only verified fact about using charcoal is that when you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances.

Second: The Con’s Of Charcoal Toothpaste

Not only do you risk overdose, but several other risks of using charcoal toothpaste have also been brought forward.  The biggest concerns include:

  • Abrasiveness
    • Using charcoal toothpaste regularly can cause significant damage to tooth enamel and gum tissue.
  • Over-absorption
    • Charcoal may absorb beneficial items such as needed medications.
  • Constipation
    • Intestinal blockages and constipation can be a result of long-term use of charcoal, in addition to black stools and a discolored tongue.
  • After effects
    • Even those who love charcoal toothpaste report needing to use regular toothpaste after a charcoal treatment to rinse it away and give fresh breath, otherwise a black residue may remain
  • No fluoride
    • Charcoal toothpaste can’t be used in place of regular toothpaste as it doesn’t contain the necessary component of fluoride, which fights dental decay.
  • Unknown safety
    • There are few studies on the benefits of charcoal as a dietary supplement, so both short and long-term effects are unknown.
  • Unknown Effectiveness
    • Charcoal’s whitening effect is largely unproven. There have been no scientifically accepted studies that confirm charcoal’s whitening claims.

Finally: Dr. Engelberg’s Recommendation

For a whiter, brighter smile, Dr. Engelberg suggests avoiding foods and products that cause stains, such as wine, coffee, tea and tobacco products. Dr. Engelberg also recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two full minutes with a fluoride whitening toothpaste and flossing daily. Regularly scheduled visits with Dr. Engelberg to perform dental cleanings, and to discuss in-office teeth whitening processes will also support your healthy, and white smile.

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If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, you may have a cavity, contact our Arlington Heights, IL dentist office today to learn more about how we can help. To make an appointment at AH Smiles, call 847.230.9703 or schedule an appointment online.


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