Should You Use Charcoal Toothpaste?
Does this new product work, and is it safe to use?
From time to time, a new type of product goes viral, sometimes with a celebrity endorsement or two. Quite often, these are ‘natural’ solutions to a particular problem and usually, on the surface, seem to be safe. It would, therefore, appear that there is little harm in, at least, trying them.
Currently, the trend seems to be in favour of the use of activated charcoal which is increasingly appearing in face masks, lips balms and other cosmetics, as well as in toothpastes. In this role, it is said to act as a tooth whitener, but does it?
Scratching the surface
Like many teeth whitening toothpastes, those that contain charcoal attempt to whiten the teeth by removing surface staining. Care should be taken here, as this could also cause damage to the enamel of your teeth, making it more prone to sensitivity and even decay.
Some of these toothpastes containing charcoal have also been found to have lower than recommended levels of fluoride in them. This is potentially harmful to your teeth as fluoride helps to protect the enamel, strengthening them against problems like tooth decay.
Despite the endorsements by various celebrities, the reality is that their beautiful white teeth are highly unlikely to have been produced using this or any other type of shop bought teeth whitening product. Whilst some surface staining may be removed using these products, the reality is that it will come nowhere near to the whiteness that can be attained using an appropriate cosmetic dental procedure.
The reality is that much tooth discolouration comes from within the tooth, and not from the surface enamel. Even if all surface staining is removed, the inner part of the tooth becomes darker as we become older. No toothpaste will be able to lighten this to the point where your teeth will appear white again.
The only successful way to lighten the inner part of the tooth is through a professional teeth whitening procedure. At Blue Sky Dental, we offer both a fast acting one hour treatment, performed at our Chelmsford dental practice, or a custom home whitening kit, which many patients find more convenient. To discuss which method suits you best, and to determine that you are a suitable candidate, it is essential to arrange an initial consultation with a cosmetic dentist at our practice.
So, in conclusion; should you use a teeth whitening toothpaste, whether containing charcoal or not? Our advice would be, if you are serious about wanting to have whiter teeth, discuss this with your dentist who will be able to advise you of the safest and most effective way of achieving your aims.
To arrange an initial cosmetic dental consultation, please call Blue Sky Dental of Chelmsford today on 01245 211070.