Does Charcoal Really Whiten Teeth?

A variety of dental products containing activated charcoal can be found on store shelves, from toothpaste to kits. Products containing this ingredient are believed to eliminate coffee stains, wine stains, and plaque. But despite its popularity, there is no scientific evidence to support activated charcoal benefits for the teeth. Since there is no evidence on claims that activated charcoal is safe or effective, products containing this ingredient are not eligible for the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.

According to the ADA, the abrasive nature of activated charcoal may even be toxic rather than whitening teeth by wearing tooth enamel. Notwithstanding this lack of scientific evidence, some people still swear by the power of activated charcoal to remove tooth stains and whiten teeth.

Whitening Ability

Activated toothpaste charcoal can help remove surface stains on your teeth. Charcoal is slightly abrasive and can also absorb surface stains to some degree. There is no evidence, however, that it has any effect on the stains below the enamel of a tooth, or that it has a natural whitening effect. In order to whiten teeth, the drug needs to work on surface stains as well as on the inner stains below the enamel. Although activated carbon has some proven benefits, there is not enough scientific evidence to include whitening teeth as one of them.

Possible Risks

Charcoal toothpaste is too abrasive for everyday use. You will wear your enamel with a material that is too abrasive on your teeth. This may make your teeth appear yellower by revealing the dentin, a calcified yellow tissue. It can make your teeth more sensitive, too. Some types of carbonated toothpaste do not contain fluoride. Fluoride helps keep your tooth enamel solid, helping to protect your teeth against cavities and decay. There is some evidence linking carbonated toothpaste to increased tooth decay. It may cause certain teeth to stain. -

Charcoal particles may accumulate in the cracks and cracks of older teeth. Charcoal's impact on dental restoration is not known. It is not yet clear how carbon dioxide influences the materials used to make veneers, bridges, crowns and white fillings. Charcoal particles may build up between them, leaving a black or gray outline.

Does It Detoxify?

As for the claims of "detoxifying" the mouth, while carbon dioxide will dissolve plaque and food particles that contribute to bad breath, the result will not be much more drastic than what you would have had with any other toothpaste. Like your liver and kidneys, your teeth and gums don't act to detoxify your body, and since so-called contaminants don't normally hang out in your mouth anyway, it doesn't make much sense to use your tooth-cleaning to remove them.

Activated carbon has some proven uses, but teeth whitening is not one of them. Alternatively, look for products with the ADA Certificate of Acceptance. When you decide to try activated carbon to whiten your teeth, use it only in moderation. Activated charcoal is abrasive and should not be used in the long term, as it can damage tooth enamel. Please talk to your dentist to see if this treatment is safe for you to try. They can discuss other alternatives for you as well.


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