Health and beauty trends come and go, but charcoal toothpaste is one that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. This popular trend is a favorite among people who swear by its teeth whitening abilities. But does it really stand up to all the hype? And even if it does work, is it really a safe way to whiten your teeth?
At 5 Star Dental of Fort Collins, CO, we are constantly working to make sure our patients are happy and healthy. That includes getting to the bottom of some of the most popular health trends. As soon as we started to hear about charcoal toothpaste, we wanted to find out: what’s the deal? Keep reading and then call 970-689-3282 to request your next visit to our comfortable office.
What Is Activated Charcoal?
Charcoal is made by slowly burning natural materials like wood, coconut shells, or peat. Activated charcoal is created specifically for medical purposes and is made by heating regular charcoal with the help of gas to make it more porous.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, activated charcoal can effectively absorb and trap toxic chemicals. This is why it is part of the go-to treatment for accidental poisonings.
There have also been claims that activated charcoal can effectively help with intestinal gas, lower your cholesterol, and help regulate problems with bile flow during pregnancy. But perhaps the most popular use of activated charcoal is in toothpaste for teeth whitening.
Is It Safe to Use Charcoal Toothpaste?
What a lot of people don’t know is that using charcoal to clean teeth isn’t new. According to Colgate, the ancient Romans brushed their teeth with it and powdered charcoal can be found in a recipe in a 19th century English homemaker’s guide.
But within the last decade, charcoal-based toothpaste has become all the rage. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), there have been claims that charcoal-based toothpastes contain whitening, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and breath freshening properties. However, after doing their own research, it was concluded that there is a need for more evidence to prove both the safety and effectiveness of charcoal-based toothpaste.
It’s important to note that many charcoal-based toothpastes don’t contain fluoride, which is an ingredient many dentists agree is essential to thoroughly clean your teeth.
Should You Try Charcoal-Based Toothpaste?
As for whether charcoal-based toothpastes are worth trying, the jury is still out. If you are looking for a teeth whitening solution, there are many better options available. If you’re wanting to take advantage of its “detox” capabilities, there are several proven remedies that will deliver better results.
However, it may still be worth trying, as long as you don’t expect dramatic results. If you are truly curious about charcoal toothpaste but still hesitant to try it, mention it during your appointment with one of our expert team members. At 5 Star Dental, we are more than happy to discuss it with you at your next cleaning and exam to see if it’s worth your time and money.
To schedule your dental appointment or to ask us about the latest health trend that you are considering trying, call our Fort Collins, CO office today at 970-689-3282. We look forward to hearing from you.