Credit to @drmattasaro @mr.britedental
THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARCOAL TOOTHPASTE! People are curious what the hype is all about. Influencers are smearing black on their teeth. We’ve all seen the ads for activated charcoal toothpaste claiming it’s “natural whitening” power. Admittedly, their marketing is on point, too bad the product sucks. The short answer is NO, it’s not legit, it doesn’t work (in the long term), and you shouldn’t buy it. .
To be slightly more scientific, the ingredients on the back of a typical toothpaste usually include calcium carbonate, dehydrated silica gels, hydrated aluminum oxides, and magnesium carbonate, and phosphate salts. These are all what we call abrasives. These help to eliminate extrinsic stains on the teeth (think coffee, red wine etc). They aren’t, however, as abrasive as charcoal. This is probably the reason that charcoal is not FDA approved for dentistry. In the long run, we will see those who use charcoal toothpaste with even yellower teeth. This is because it causes the surface of your tooth to roughen, which allows stains and bacteria to adhere to your teeth. Also, as the enamel is worn away, all that’s left is the yellowish color of dentin. There is no scientific evidence showing the efficacy of charcoal toothpaste. That’s why it belongs in the trash. .
Have you or anyone you know tried charcoal toothpaste?
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