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Brushing Teeth With Charcoal

Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  / Mar 18, 2021  
Medically reviewed by Dr Minoo Ghamari  
Mar 18, 2021  
brushing teeth with charcoal

What is charcoal toothpaste?

Although this toothpaste has been around for years, its popularity is rising. It has become a popular choice for many people, particularly holistic health and lifestyles.

Benefits of brushing teeth with charcoal: By brushing teeth with charcoal or using charcoal as an ingredient in your toothpaste, you will find that it will help soothe and whiten your teeth. This is because it is not only a natural abrasive, but it will also absorb stains from your teeth, so you will always have a clean and healthy smile.

Brushing your teeth with Charcoal powders and paste!

Brushing teeth with charcoal showing up everywhere from Instagram, Facebook, and word of mouth. Before and after pictures promise pearly whites after just one use, which might make it enticing to give it a try.

But just before you decide to pick up a tube for yourself, it might be wise to get a professional opinion on what dentists have to say on this topic. So why is it that we go through the trouble of office teeth whitening instead of just recommending toothpaste?

How does it work?

Brushing teeth with charcoal works by its porosity, which is suitable for soaking up stains (like a sponge) and then they can be washed. BUT- the second way it works is by abrasiveness. 

That means by brushing your teeth, you’re scraping away a tiny layer from the surface of your teeth, revealing the white layer underneath. Read about what causes your teeth staining here.

Do dentists recommend it Brushing with charcoal?

brushing teeth with charcoal

Short answer: NO. Teeth do not regenerate, and you have to make them last a lifetime. You do not wish to lose your teeth early in life or at all.

It is not healthy to continue to use brushing teeth with charcoal whitening in the long term, as it continuously will wear away your natural teeth.

This can cause worsening sensitivity, weakening the teeth, and even damage fillings if you have them. We recommend professionally applied teeth whitening or whitening strips as the best alternative. If the whitening gel is applied under professional dental supervision, it does not harm your teeth.

Charcoal toothpaste side effects

Charcoal is an increasingly popular choice among many people. People who want to deter plaque and bad breath. While some people say it does this by "purging" the body of toxins and chemicals.

The most recent research shows that brushing teeth with charcoal not only doesn't work but also can be harmful to your teeth.

Charcoal on teeth overnight

There are quite a lot of charcoal overnight products available at the shop counter. Of course, you will never know how good it is if you never try it. However, if you did try it, please let us know your experience. I’m sure many people might like to know your experience with charcoal overnight products.

Activated charcoal is tasteless and odourless, and safe to use on your teeth. It is important brushing teeth with charcoal, not to scrub the charcoal too much on your teeth to avoid eroding the enamel of your teeth.

Benefits & Risks of Activated Charcoal to Whiten Teeth

Brushing teeth with charcoal first thing in the morning has been shown to whiten teeth better than using toothpaste alone. Why? The charcoal acts as a base to help remove stains left on the teeth from drinking tea or coffee.

Is brushing with charcoal safe?

One of the biggest myths about charcoal teeth whitening is unsafe to use. People often worry that brushing while using charcoal will somehow harm their teeth. But is it true?

Charcoal is used as a tooth whitening agent, but is it safe? That depends on how you use it. If you brush correctly, it will remove stains and restore the enamel of your teeth. But, if you brush too often, it can cause the teeth to break down.

Safety concerns

There is a lot of controversy with charcoal toothbrushes. The charcoal is made from crushed coconut shells heated to 800 degrees until they turn to charcoal. However, it is also known that the charcoal in the coconut shells can be up to 10% oxidized (which is good). And up to 70% less than good (which is terrible).

Charcoal is a natural medium for teeth whitening. And, as you could guess, it does act as a bleaching agent. But what you may not know is that it comes with some side effects that you should know about.

You may be wondering if it's safe to brush with, and if so, how to determine the safety level. If you have not touched charcoal before, you should never do so on new teeth or teeth that have not been bleached. Instead, what you should do is to brush with regular toothpaste and then wash it off.

Charcoal, though a common ingredient in toothpaste, is not toothpaste. Charcoal is made of the material carbon. And it is the charred part of the word gives the charcoal its black colour, not the carbon part.

For this reason, using charcoal in toothpaste is not a good idea. The charcoal may damage teeth in the long run. In addition, if toothpaste is made with charcoal, it can also irritate and be dangerous for children.
We are ready to answer all of your questions about Home or Office whitening. Do it once and do it correct.

Author Minoo GhamariAuthor: Dr Minoo Ghamari

Gorgeous Smiles Dental Principal Dentist

**The content on this blog is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified dentist in Melbourne with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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