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Is it Safe to Use Charcoal Teeth Whitening Products?

August 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — clintontownship @ 6:12 pm
charcoal toothpaste on a toothbrush

From infused toothbrush bristles to fine powder and whitening toothpastes, there are countless oral products out there today that contain activated charcoal. It’s said to brighten teeth and detoxify the mouth, but the truth that they don’t advertise is the long-term impact it could have on your oral health, especially when used too frequently. Read on to learn whether charcoal is an effective teeth whitening method and the impact it can have on your oral health.

Is Charcoal Effective at Whitening Teeth?

The type of charcoal used in teeth whitening products isn’t the kind you use to light the barbecue—it’s a very porous substance created by super-heating coal and other natural ingredients, like peat, wood, and coconut shells, called activated charcoal. It has many medical uses, but researchers haven’t been able to present clinical data backing up the teeth whitening claims that many charcoal-infused whitening products boast on their packaging.

While the data doesn’t back up these products’ promises, many people who use activated charcoal whitening products do say that it helps brighten their smiles.

Charcoal’s Effect on Teeth

There are some downsides to using oral health products that contain activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, including:

  • Enamel Erosion. Activated charcoal is known for its abrasive properties. When used in the form of a toothpaste or fine powder, it may cause your teeth to whiten, but with continued, long-term use, it can lead to enamel wear. This poses both aesthetic and oral health concerns, as the layer beneath your enamel is called dentin and yellow-ish in color, and your enamel protects your teeth from decay.
  • Roughness. Researchers have found that activated charcoal in powder form can create a rough texture on teeth. This is a concern not only because of how it looks, but also because grooves create hiding spaces for harmful oral bacteria, which could lead to a higher chance of developing oral health problems.

The Most Effective & Safe Ways to Whiten Teeth

The best and safest way to brighten your smile is by going with the research-backed, ADA-approved products that your cosmetic dentist uses. Whitening products like Zoom! and KöR can drastically whiten teeth (by up to eight shades!) within a short, hour-long visit to your dentist. Or, if you prefer to complete the process in the comfort of your own home, in two weeks. They utilize ingredients that have been clinically tested and are confirmed to be both safe and effective to use on your teeth.

About the Author

Dr. Milad Rabban has over a decade of experience in the dental field. She’s passionate about helping boost her patients’ confidence by providing them with effective cosmetic solutions that tackle leading causes of poor self-confidence, like tooth discoloration and dental damage. She’s also intentional about using trusted, clinically-proven brands like Zoom! and KöR to provide her patients with outstanding results that don’t compromise their dental health. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Clinton Township Family Dental’s website or call 586-416-1444.

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