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Activated Charcoal for whiter and brighter teeth! BUT, is it safe?

Activated charcoal in toothpastes has gotten a lot of media attention lately for its use in teeth whitening. Some of the questions to think about:

  1. Is it whitening or damaging teeth?
  2. Has it been proven to actually help improve oral health?
  3. Is charcoal toothpaste safe?

According to JADA’s clinical literature review from 2017, there are insufficient data (clinical and laboratory) to validate the safety and effectiveness of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. After reviewing a number of studies done in the past, it was concluded that more research needs to be done to prove the safety and effectiveness of activated charcoal toothpastes.

Moreover, according to the ADA, activated charcoal’s abrasive texture can actually harm rather than whiten teeth by wearing down tooth enamel and make your teeth look more yellow. Once the enamel wears away there is no possibility of it growing back. Wearing down enamel will eventually make your teeth more sensitive. Charcoal toothpastes are not approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. In short, the risks outweigh the potential benefits of using activated charcoal for teeth whitening.

ADA recommendation for the best natural ways to keep your teeth white are everyday healthy habits, including:

For whiter and brighter teeth contact Smiline Family Dentistry and schedule a free consultation and ask about in-office or at-home bleaching for teeth whitening.