One of the latest trends in the beauty world is using charcoal toothpastes to whiten teeth. If you search the term “charcoal toothpastes” on the internet, you are likely to find all types of bloggers and other influencers rave about them.
Most people believe that charcoal is a great alternative to peroxide for whitening teeth. They think the black powder can absorb and remove stains that result from foods such as coffee and red wine. When you think about it, this may make sense because charcoal is the main ingredient and widely seen in coal, sawdust, and petroleum coke and known to absorb dirt and impurities.
Here’s the surprising truth: charcoal toothpastes do not whiten teeth. There is currently no scientific evidence that shows charcoal toothpastes whiten teeth. These toothpastes are actually a marketing gimmick that can lead to staining and an increased risk of tooth decay.
After studying charcoal toothpastes, a doctor discovered that when they are used to often in patients with fillings, the charcoal can make their way into them and be difficult to remove. In addition, charcoal particles can get caught in gums and cause irritation. The doctor also found that charcoal toothpastes were more abrasive than traditional toothpastes and risky for both teeth and gums.
Even though celebrities are raving about charcoal toothpastes and powders, the claims that these products make about whitening teeth and improving oral health have yet to be proven. If you are concerned about discolored or stained teeth, it’s a good idea to consult a dentist or orthodontist rather than believing the hype. Your teeth and mouth will thank you.
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