Charcoal toothpaste – pros and cons


Charcoal toothpaste has taken the world by storm and is advertised as the newest, hip way of cleaning your teeth. It gained its popularity some time ago, boasting a more natural, and inexpensive method of whitening your teeth. This seemed like a great idea at the time, although it probably felt a bit strange, rubbing black activated charcoal in order to achieve a whiter smile. There is only one problem, the science doesn’t always match the advert, so what are the pros and cons of this new era of toothpaste, and does it really work?

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It detoxes

First, it is important to discern between the charcoal you find at a family barbecue and the stuff you put on your teeth because, while they share similar properties, they are made up differently. So we’re afraid that you can’t just go out to the remains of last night’s summer meal and use them to scrub those cavities away. Charcoal as an element is an old way of detoxifying for various reasons, according to experts, charcoal binds with everything in its path, which sounds great. So what’s the catch?

‘Detoxing’ your teeth isn’t necessary

So, it turns out, your teeth don’t need to be detoxed at all. Experts have suggested that this is pointless and unnecessary since the aforementioned ‘toxins’ won’t be found in your mouth anyway. We also don’t advise you to start swallowing your charcoal toothpaste to make it effectively detoxify; instead, you might want to find an alternative method if that’s your ultimate goal.

It can remove surface stains

Many have relied on, or purchased, charcoal activated toothpaste in the hopes that it will whiten their teeth after several regular applications. This is kind of a pro and a con as, while it has been suggested that the charcoal toothpaste is not actually against the tooth’s surface long enough to actually whiten them. However, while this may be the case, it has been said that charcoal activated toothpaste may remove surface stains on teeth, and rather effectively too!

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It’s abrasive

There has been concern from experts that, if you use too much charcoal toothpaste, then you may be at risk of brushing away your enamel. Don’t worry, sources have assured that it shouldn’t damage your enamel if you use it infrequently, the concern arises when it is a regular, or daily occurrence. So, you may want to watch how often you’re really using the stuff.

It’s not wholly tried and tested

There isn’t a lot of information surrounding this charcoal toothpaste, and what we do know is that it is not entirely effective or does exactly what it says on the tin.

Charcoal toothpaste is a totally new thing, it may have been around for a few years, but in reality, very little is known about this popular beauty product. Whether it’s genuinely a fad or something we should truly believe in, is yet to be determined. So, the many people who have put the research in aren’t totally sold on this product and are urging people not to give up their daily, trusted toothpaste.