In the past few years, we have seen a growing trend of charcoal toothpaste being used in an attempt to whiten teeth. Today our Surrey dentists explain why they recommend against charcoal toothpaste and offer some 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, there has been an increase in charcoal as an additive in a variety of products, including face wash, makeup, and toothpaste.
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, it can also cause more serious problems like cavities and tooth decay.
Charcoal toothpaste can also worsen tooth sensitivity, so anyone with pre-existing sensitivity issues will especially want to it.
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. You should also regularly schedule routine hygiene cleanings and dental exams at your 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 Clover Hills Dental we offer both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening. Contact our Surrey dentists today to see what option is right for your smile.