One popular addition to commercially-available products today is activated charcoal. We see the ingredient in makeup, facial wash, face masks, and now, even toothpaste. Charcoal is sold as a means to whiten teeth naturally, but if you are one of many who are skeptical about its effectiveness, you are right.
This popular ingredient, which is generally made from either coconut shells, bone char, coal, peat, olive pits, petroleum coke, or sawdust, is known for its ability to absorb impurities and dirt. Charcoal acts like a magnet that attracts toxins, and this is why it’s used for treating food poisoning and in water filtration systems. So, does this mean that it can draw out toxins and impurities from the teeth?
Let us check the recommendation of the American Dental Association.
The Journal of the American Dental Association says that there is no evidence that charcoal toothpaste is harmless or effective. In fact, it may actually damage your teeth and gums.
For a whiter, brighter smile, the ADA recommends avoiding foods that can cause teeth to stain, like coffee, wine, tobacco, and tea. It also suggests flossing and brushing your teeth regularly for two full minutes with the use of a toothpaste that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
A beautiful, healthy smile starts with good dental habits, with you working with your Dallas dentist to achieve your goals. If you want to achieve a whiter, brighter smile, we are here to help with safe, controlled, professional means. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarah Kong online or by phone: 214-396-7876.