Charcoal Toothpaste is it Really All That?
Charcoal toothpaste seems to be everywhere and while major toothpaste companies are jumping on the activated charcoal bandwagon, is it really safe?
A review in a 2019 British Journal said, “Charcoal provides little protection against tooth decay, and there is limited scientific evidence to support the other health claims. In fact, adding powered charcoal to toothpaste can actually make things worse.”
What is Charcoal Toothpaste?
Your dentist in Toronto explains that you will find activated charcoal in water filters and is a form of treated carbon that makes things porous. For example, food particles and debris are attracted to the charcoal while the charcoal absorbs the potential plaque before washing it away with the rinse water.
The Problems with Activated Charcoal
While some say activated charcoal tooth care products are a rebirth of ancient medicine, they act just the opposite binding to everything and anything that gets in the way.
Activated charcoal is so strong that it is used in the ER to treat people from drug overdoses and poisoning. If that isn’t saying something, charcoal can also get into your gum tissue causing irritation and disease.
When used on a regular basis, users complain of tooth sensitivity, as charcoal toothpaste is abrasive.
Better than Charcoal Toothpaste
When in doubt schedule a comprehensive dental checkup with an oral cancer screening. Sturm & Associates will recommend the best tooth and gum remedies including toothpaste, flosses, brushes, and mouth rinses. It’s important to talk to your dentist before you try anything new.
Your teeth are with you for life and the last thing you want to do is damage them with something that isn’t tried and true.
Attempting to brighten your restorations with charcoal toothpaste won’t do you any good either. In fact, doing so just might damage your natural teeth during the process.
Cosmetic Dentistry for a Beautiful Smile
Sturm & Associates are all specialists in their chosen fields and will recommend the best solutions for your new smile.
Procedures that the team may recommend include:
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth Colored Fillings
- Inlays and Onlays
- Bonding and Enamel Shaping
- Cosmetic Dental Crowns
- Clear Braces
- Traditional Orthodontics
- Gum Lift
- Dental Implants
- Complete Smile Makeover
All of these treatments, including bite treatment for jaw and TMJ issues will be addressed during your comprehensive dental examination in Yorkville.
Don’t forget to tell Dr. Sturm about your chronic snoring, as she is a specialist in oral appliance therapy for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Schedule your Checkup Today
Before you embark on anything new that concerns your teeth and gums, and that includes charcoal toothpaste, schedule your comprehensive dental checkup with your Toronto dentist. Firstly, you will feel confident knowing you are in good hands, secondly, you will have found a dentist that you can trust.
Call for a comprehensive dental checkup in Yorkville today.