You've probably seen advertisements for charcoal toothpaste and its teeth-whitening qualities and wondered if you should make the switch from your regular toothpaste. Today, our Surrey dentists explain why charcoal toothpaste might not be the best choice for your oral health.
Although activated charcoal has become prominent on social media as a way to whiten your smile, our dentists recommend using other options to maintain a brighter, healthy smile.
What is charcoal toothpaste and how is it used?
Charcoal can be made from a variety of substances such as peat, coal, or wood. Activated charcoal is made by heating charcoal in the presence of a gas. This process causes the charcoal to develop an abundance of small internal pores. These pores help activated charcoal trap chemicals, which is why it is often used in attempts to absorb toxins in the stomach. Charcoal is an additive commonly found in products such as makeup, facewash, and now toothpaste.
Its intended purpose in toothpaste is to lift stains on your teeth and make them appear whiter and brighter.
What will activated charcoal do to my teeth?
One of the reasons many dentists recommend against charcoal toothpaste is that there is no substantial evidence that proves charcoal works to whiten teeth.
Furthermore, charcoal has an abrasive texture that may cause permanent damage to the enamel of your teeth, which can lead to further staining and more serious problems like cavities and tooth decay. It can also worsen tooth sensitivity, so anyone with pre-existing sensitivity issues will especially want to avoid charcoal toothpaste.
What are some effective options to whiten my teeth?
The number one way to maintain a white smile is to be consistent with your oral health routine. Regular flossing and brushing with a toothpaste and toothbrush approved by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) are key. You may also want to limit eating and drinking foods or beverages that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, dark-coloured beverages, and chocolate. And don't forget to book regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
At Guildford Heights Dental Centre, we also offer professional teeth whitening treatments that can safely whiten your enamel without damaging it if you are a good candidate. Retail stores also sell bleaching products that are recognized as safe by the CDA.
Our dentists can help you keep your smile healthy. If you're unsure about which teeth whitening method would be best for you, contact us - we can do a thorough oral examination and help you decide.
Looking for more information on safe teeth whitening procedures? Contact our Surrey dentists today to book an appointment.