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What’s the Story with Charcoal Toothpaste?

Charcoal toothpaste seems to be having a moment on the internet due to its perceived whitening power. But is it really good for your teeth? Meyer Orthodontics weighs in on charcoal toothpaste with five key things to know about the new trend.

1. Charcoal as a method for treating the body is not new at all. Native Americans, ancient Egyptians, and ancient Greeks have a history of using charcoal to treat ailments and wounds, as well as clean teeth.

2. There is no evidence that it provides cleaning power. There is actually insufficient scientific evidence to substantiate any antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, reduced caries, or tooth whitening claims.*

3. Charcoal may not actually make your teeth whiter. Charcoal is an abrasive that essentially scrapes the stain away but also scrapes the outer layer of your teeth. If charcoal is used consistently, this outer layer is reduced and the inner layer of the tooth will show through revealing a yellow color.*

4. To get whiter teeth results, use a whitening method. Tooth whitening removes stains by bleaching the outer layer of the tooth with hydrogen peroxide, keeping that outer layer of the tooth intact. A few options for whitening are Crest white strips, or doctor prescribed whitening treatments.

5. Flouride is the key ingredient to look for in toothpaste. Meyer Orthodontics recommends a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is backed by the American Dental Association.

If you are interested in whiter teeth, we offer some whitening treatments at Meyer Orthodontics. We would be happy to talk about our toothpaste recommendations as well. Set up an appointment today!

Charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices
John K. Brooks DDS, Nasir Bashirelahi PhD and Mark A. Reynolds DDS, PhD
The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 2017-09-01, Volume 148, Issue 9, Pages 661-670, Copyright 2017 American Dental Association