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What are the Pros and Cons of Charcoal Toothpaste?

What Is Charcoal Toothpaste?

Charcoal toothpaste is becoming a popular trend in dental care as a healthy way to keep teeth clean and white. There is a need for further research to explore the benefits of charcoal toothpaste fully. 

The toothpaste contains activated charcoal which is typically made from slowly burning a variety of materials including coconut shells, olive pits, or sawdust. It is famous for its ability to absorb particles.

In ancient times people used to brush their teeth with charcoal and that ancient practice reemerged as a modern trend in a few recent years. 

It is very essential to learn more about the effects of charcoal on teeth before using it. Hence, here are some pros and cons of using charcoal toothpaste on teeth. 

Charcoal Toothpaste

Pros Of Charcoal Toothpaste 

Some potential advantages of using charcoal toothpaste are as follows: 

  1. Activated charcoal used in toothpaste attracts food particles and plaque, which further helps in freshening the breath. However, it doesn’t do so any better than regular toothpaste.  
  2. Activated charcoal is mildly abrasive and thus helps to remove surface stains during brushing. As it is absorbent, it helps absorb certain stains, which are washed away when the toothpaste is rinsed out of the mouth.
  3. Charcoal toothpaste has some abrasive qualities which can help in smoothing the roughness on the exterior of your teeth with frequent brushing. 
  4. It also helps in eliminating chronic halitosis i.e., bad breath, and lessens the toxins in your mouth. 

Cons Of Charcoal Toothpaste

Some potential disadvantages are as follows- 

  1. The abrasive quality of charcoal, which helps remove surface stains, is unsuitable for everyday use. Using such toothpaste daily can lead to down the enamel of the teeth. It also exposes the underlying dentin, causing the teeth to appear more yellow and more sensitive. 
  2. Daily use of charcoal toothpaste can lead to new stains on certain teeth because charcoal particles can build up in the crevices and cracks of older teeth, which leads to a greyish or darker shade. 
  3. Many charcoal toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, which is an important element in strengthening and protecting the enamel of the teeth. Hence, daily use of charcoal toothpaste can weaken the enamel of your teeth.  
  4. Another serious issue is that regular use of charcoal toothpaste can lead to stains on dental restorations. This can further negatively impact the appearance of the teeth and smile.

Is It Good to Use Charcoal Toothpaste?

The long-term effects of charcoal toothpaste are yet to be known. So, with the above-mentioned details, you may have a better sense of whether it may be beneficial.

But always remember, the best toothpaste for you is always the one that your dentist recommends for you. So, you shouldn’t fall for the hype and use any toothpaste cause it’s in trend.

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