The Great Charcol Hoax

One of the first things we notice about someone is their smile, our eyes are naturally drawn to peoples’ faces so, it should come as no surprise that we go to great lengths to have a perfect smile. There are so many products out there that promise that you can achieve a white sparkling smile from the comfort of your home. One of the latest trends is using charcoal, we see all our favorite influencers and celebrities renting and raving about this amazing product that’s guaranteed to give you an exceptional smile. Before you order your charcoal toothpaste on amazon ask yourself how much you really know about it.

Despite appearing paradoxical given its dark hue, charcoal has actually been used historically as toothpaste or tooth cleanser. Ancient Romans, the English working class in the 18th century, and even some developing nations today employed it for such purpose; despite this, the Pharmaceutical Journal states that there are currently no studies that support or refute the claimed advantages of charcoal for teeth whitening.

This trend in cosmetic dentistry isn’t new at all! Humans have always used Charcol for years to whiten their teeth, so this isn’t necessarily a new trend, it just came popular again because of social media and cosmetic dentistry becoming more and more popular. We stopped using it because we became more advanced and found better options.

I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with wanting to use organic products, but in this situation, their use may result in some very serious issues.

Charcoal is an abrasive substance, Its grit removes surface stains and plaque from your teeth, but since it is so abrasive, it also wears away the enamel, the tooth’s top covering. In essence, your teeth may become whiter, but only because you are removing the surface enamel, which is naturally ivory in color. Charcoal brushing and frequent usage can really begin to wear down the enamel, exposing the metal underneath. This information is coming directly from American Dental Association, so don’t just take my word for it.

They highly recommend using whitening toothpaste that bears the ADA Seal of Acceptance as a better option for brightening teeth without experiencing any negative side effects. You may be sure that these kinds of toothpaste will effectively whiten your teeth without harming the enamel and are safe for your teeth. Additionally, I advise against using some charcoal toothpaste since they lack fluoride and other helpful components that most people look for in their toothpaste.

If you want to whiten your teeth, I’d recommend you start with a dental examination, mainly to identify any underlying issues that may be staining your teeth, such as decay or enamel loss.

If you’re thinking about using charcoal or another at-home whitening technique, you should be aware that not all teeth can or should be whitened. You can schedule an appointment to come in and speak to our dentist about teeth cleaning in Nampa. In the meantime, you should also avoid foods and beverages that stain your teeth, such as cola, coffee, tea, red wine, and other acidic and dark-colored meals, to lessen tooth discoloration or staining.

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