Roll the clock back 10 years, and the first things you may think of when you hear the word ‘charcoal’ is where’s the barbeque? How silly we were back then. Nowadays we see charcoal everywhere. It’s in our supplement pills, our face masks even in water filters. No. we’re not talking about the briquettes used for cookouts, we’re talking about charcoal in its activated persona.
Charcoal has this crazy power that detoxifies everything it comes into contact with. It’s even used in hospitals to treat some forms of poisoning. That’s probably why we’ve watched charcoal toothpaste gain popularity over the past couple of years. Influencers online use charcoal toothpaste, claiming it’s an alternative to peroxide for whitening your teeth.
But is charcoal toothpaste really good for your teeth? Today we want to share what we’ve discovered about using charcoal toothpaste. Here’s what you need to know, decide afterward if charcoal toothpaste is for you.
Charcoal Toothpaste Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype
There’s a social media bandwagon of people who’re hypnotized by the idea charcoal toothpaste can give them a whiter smile, cheap and quickly. Yet, for something so hyped up, it’s not what your teeth need to be healthy.
Charcoal is known for its detoxing powers. However, that’s not really needed when you’re brushing your teeth. The truth is, you don’t brush your teeth long enough for it to really have a whitening effect. Plus, it’s not like your liver or kidneys which purify the toxins in your body. Charcoal toothpaste is only hanging out in your mouth, where there aren’t many toxins hanging around, so it’s really not having much effect.
We don’t see how influencers can like charcoal toothpaste at all. They’re better off getting professional whitening treatment than attempting charcoal teeth whitening. Secondly, it’s not like you can use it every day. Charcoal is very abrasive, meaning it can leave your teeth feeling rough and wear down the enamel protecting your teeth over time. It can also leave your gumline feeling sensitive, raw and can cause them to bleed in some cases. At most, charcoal toothpaste is only good for one or two brushes a month. Charcoal toothpaste cannot replace regular toothpaste, so don’t throw the latter out. Regular toothpaste has fluoride our teeth need to combat tooth decay on a daily basis.
Disadvantages of Ingesting Charcoal Toothpaste
People actually digest charcoal toothpaste as soon as they’re done brushing their teeth, the point being it’ll absorb toxins before your stomach lining does. That doesn’t sound right, and it definitely isn’t healthy. Ingesting charcoal may lead to diarrhea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, and even counter medications in your body.
Here’s a list of reported medications that’re affected by ingesting charcoal toothpaste.
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
- Birth Control
Furthermore, if you’re on laxatives, ingesting charcoal can lead to some serious consequences. This includes dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and low blood pressure.
Our Take on Charcoal Toothpaste
Everyone is going to have their own opinion on charcoal toothpaste. However, we’d like to give you our best advice. Here at Atlantic Dental Group, we treat our patients like our friends and family, more importantly, ourselves. Seeing the dangers of charcoal toothpaste and lack of real positives, we wouldn’t use charcoal toothpaste. Regular toothpaste works just fine and coming in for teeth whitening treatment is nothing to be embarrassed of.
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