What is Charcoal Toothpaste and Why is it Popular?

Charcoal toothpaste has become a widely popular dental hygiene trend and is picking up momentum across social media. However, before you jump on this bandwagon learn all the secrets hidden in this health fad.

The product is composed of finely ground substances such as shells, wood, and other carbon based materials. The charcoal in the toothpaste is oxidized in high heat making it able to pull out toxins from the body. People commonly think that the removal of toxins from their mouth will make teeth appear whiter… but studies have shown otherwise.

The Negative Effects:

Overtime, when you brush your teeth with something so abrasive the enamel starts to wear off. Enamel is a strong protective barrier that forms around the crown of each tooth. The purpose of this protective layer is to prevent chemicals, extreme hot and cold temperatures, as well as physical damage from impacting your teeth. Once the enamel is gone, it can never be replaced thus the under layer is exposed.

Fluoride is an important ingredient found in most toothpaste. Studies have shown the lack of fluoride in many commercial charcoal toothpaste brands. Fluoride free products do not strengthen your teeth. When fluoride is used, the enamel becomes a stronger barrier, which means it can do an overall better job of protecting the tooth.

Underneath the enamel, is a dentin, which is the core, supporting material that forms your tooth. Dentin also plays a crucial part in covering the soft tissue in the pulp (center of tooth). Additionally, the yellow-tinted dentin will give your teeth a yellow stained appearance. The main reason people brush with charcoal toothpaste is too lighten the color of their teeth but continuous use darkens the yellow tint.

As you can see, the enamel has been worn down to the point of looking transparent. The dentin underneath is exposed highlighting that yellow cast.

 If you are looking for to lighten your teeth, go to your dentist to get them professionally whitened!

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