The Risks of Charcoal Toothpaste

Activated charcoal is quickly becoming a popular home remedy. It’s being put in beverages, household supplies and even beauty treatments. With this new wave of products also came charcoal toothpaste. Many people assume that because charcoal is absorptive by nature that it will absorb the stains from the teeth.

It’s important to note that the American Dental Association has not approved the use of charcoal on the teeth. That means, there are some serious risks involved with trying to use this new DIY product. There are far better options if you desire to obtain a healthy, white mouth.

Enamel Erosion

We aren’t going to deny that the first few times anyone uses charcoal on the teeth, there’s an appearance of a whiter smile. The problem is that charcoal is abrasive. Over time, it’s actually wearing away the enamel needed to protect the teeth. This eventually leads them to look yellow and dull, even more than before.

What’s worse is that once that enamel is worn away, your teeth are susceptible to decay in the dentin and pulp. Your enamel is the only line of defense your teeth have; you don’t want to brush it away.

Gum Abrasion

Not only is charcoal damaging to the tooth enamel, but it also hurts the sensitive gum tissue. Brushing with charcoal toothpaste might cause tiny scratches and cuts in your gums. These become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria.

Killing the Good Bacteria

In addition, the charcoal absorbs all the bacteria in the mouth; good and bad. While we don’t want a lot of bad bacteria living in the mouth, we must have the good bacteria to balance the ecosystem. This healthy system keeps your gums and teeth safe from harm.

Instead of charcoal toothpaste, use something with the ADA seal on it. If you want whiter teeth, make an appointment with the dentist. There are plenty of safer options available to you. To learn more, contact Elmwood Park IL Dentist.


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