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Does Charcoal Toothpaste Whiten Teeth?

May 29, 2023 8:38 pm
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Charcoal toothpaste has become increasingly popular in recent years as bloggers and influencers have dubbed it a natural and effective way to whiten teeth. The activated charcoal in charcoal toothpaste is a form of carbon that has been treated with oxygen to make it more porous and absorbent. Theoretically, this means it can bind to substances and remove them from the surface of teeth. But does charcoal toothpaste actually make a difference in the shade of your teeth or is it just another trend?

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Whiten Teeth?

Proponents of charcoal toothpaste claim it removes surface stains from teeth and absorbs bacteria that cause bad breath. However, there is not much evidence showing that charcoal toothpaste is any more effective at removing surface stains from teeth than regular toothpaste. And it is not very effective at removing deeper, intrinsic stains caused by factors such as genetics, aging, and medication. In these cases, professional teeth whitening treatments or other cosmetic procedures will be more effective.

Drawbacks of Charcoal Toothpaste

Though it can clean your teeth, charcoal toothpaste should be used in moderation and with caution. Because of its abrasiveness, it can be potentially damaging to tooth enamel if used too frequently and/or aggressively. Additionally, any toothpaste that doesn’t contain fluoride is not as beneficial for your teeth as fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that fortifies your teeth against tooth decay through a process called remineralization. It hardens weakened areas of your enamel so it is less prone to erosion.

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