Charcoal, and activated charcoal specifically, are very trendy right now. Charcoal face washes, shampoos, toothpastes, and even charcoal drinking water are quite popular. With the rise of DIY products for your smile, how do you know which ones are safe? When it comes to charcoal, studies have not shown that it is safe for teeth. In fact, the product may be too abrasive for enamel, which can lead to erosion. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, claims that charcoal dental products were antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, or detoxifying were found to be potentially misleading. When you are shopping for toothpastes, look for ones that carry the seal of the American Dental Association to know that the dental community supports its usage.
High Level of Abrasiveness
Charcoal is a very abrasive substance. If it is used as a toothpaste, it may make the teeth appear whiter the first few times. However, over time, the teeth may start too look dull and yellow. This is because rather than just removing stains, the charcoal could be removing the top layers of enamel. Enamel does not grow back or regenerate. Once your teeth’s protective outer surface is eroded or damaged, it is gone. Toothpaste, even whitening versions, should be just abrasive enough to remove food particles and surface stains. Too much abrasiveness can damage the teeth and the soft tissues that surround your teeth.
Health Comes First
Your smile’s appearance can be important to your confidence, but it must always come second to your smile’s health. Just like when straightening your smile, your smile’s health is priority. While there are cosmetic orthodontic options, they will always be done with your smile’s health in mind. Taking care of your teeth, your gums, and the muscles and joints that support your smile will benefit your oral health.
Ask Dr. Cabal your smile questions
The short answer is that charcoal toothpaste can be too abrasive for teeth. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.