Charcoal has been around for hundreds of years, but does that mean it’s a safe and effective way to whiten teeth?
Brushing teeth with a charcoal paste is all the rage right now as videos make their way around social media channels claiming a safe, natural and fast way to get whiter teeth. You may have even found yourself wondering if a simple black paste is the only thing standing between you and the white teeth of your dreams.
Proceed with caution, says Dr. Collins. Although your teeth may look a little whiter after using one of the many recipes or pre-made charcoal products, it’s likely only removing the surface stains that will return when you consume the foods and drinks that caused many of the stains to begin with.
It can also cause a few problems. First, the abrasive texture of pastes made of activated charcoal can actually damage the enamel on your teeth. As the enamel is worn away, teeth will eventually look yellower as the layer under the enamel, the dentin, is exposed.
Even more concerning, Collins says, is that some patients are switching to activated charcoal toothpaste exclusively. Most of them don’t contain fluoride, which your teeth need to prevent decay and cavities.
While it’s too soon to completely discourage the use of charcoal pastes, it’s best to wait until there is more research done on the topic before testing it out on the only permanent teeth you’ll get in this lifetime. If whiter teeth are your goal, Dr. Collins offers highly effective and affordable teeth-whitening options right here in his office. There are even some you can take home if you prefer a more DIY approach.
Call our office today at 509-368-7788 to schedule an appointment, or to learn more visit our page on teeth whitening and our page on some of the most frequently asked questions we get when it comes to teeth whitening.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788