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Charcoal Toothpaste Yes or No

Charcoal Toothpaste Yes or No

Charcoal Toothpaste Yes or No

While proponents say charcoal toothpaste is great, researchers tend to disagree. According to a white paper published by a British Dental Journal in 2019, there is no scientific evidence. No evidence to support claims that these toothpastes whiten teeth.

What’s more, dentists believe charcoal toothpaste can cause tooth decay and damage the enamel on your teeth.

The Charcoal Toothpaste Attraction

People are attracted to the packaging. Charcoal toothpaste is supposed to be natural, antibacterial, eco-friendly and antifungal. Some brands also claim to banish gum disease.

Dr.  John Brooks, a researcher who was not a co-author or a researcher on this paper says, “There is simply no scientific proof that these products are capable of detoxifying your mouth, offer any increased antimicrobial activities or can fortify/remineralize/strengthen tooth structure.”

Advantages of Charcoal Toothpaste

While there is no real proof that there is any advantage to charcoal toothpaste, BridgeMill Dentistry explains that if it gets people to brush and floss more than it could be considered a benefit.

However, people with poor oral habits may discover that charcoal toothpastes are damaging to their teeth while causing sensitivity.

Disadvantages of Charcoal Toothpaste

Sadly, not much research has been conducted when it comes to safety or effectiveness for that matter.

Some small studies and dentists have discovered that charcoal toothpastes are far too abrasive. This abrasiveness exposes tooth enamel to bacteria, plaque, and tartar.

It’s also concerning that gum tissue is exposed to charcoal which, according to the FDA, is a carcinogen. Also note that 50 brands or a third of the toothpastes investigated contain bentonite clay. That clay contains crystalline silica, a known carcinogen as well.

It is interesting to note that not one charcoal toothpaste tested in a recent study contained any cavity fighting ingredients.

Talk to BridgeMill Dentistry

While nothing is 100 percent safe, your dentist in Canton can recommend the best tooth products for your oral health. Ask the team from BridgeMill Dentistry about toothpastes, gels, and mouth rinses that will keep you gum disease and cavity free.

More than Toothpaste

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is more than toothpaste. Your Canton dentist also recommends twice-yearly comprehensive dental exams along with professional dental cleanings.

Because comprehensive dental exams include oral cancer screenings, you have a better chance of surviving any type of oral cancer because it was caught in the early stages.

If you would like to learn more about the best products for your teeth and gums, call, send a text or a DM to a team member from BridgeMill Dentistry today.