Activated Charcoal Teeth Cleaning: Is Black the New White?

Sep 27, 2016

If you think we are talking about the latest mad trend on the internet about activated charcoal, then you are right. Many beauty bloggers and vloggers are posting about the usage of activated charcoal to clean teeth. Some are using it by mixing it with a small amount of water while others suggest just squishing it around in your mouth. Special kinds of toothpastes have also been developed that are made of this substance and are being widely used.

This way of whitening teeth works for surface stains caused by tea, wine, coffee and food colorings. Activated charcoal has long been an ingredient used in beauty and skincare products as well as juices; however, its usage for teeth cleaning has suddenly caught fire on social media. The question, however, still remains that is it safe to use or not.

See it as a sponge that absorbs all the impurities because;

  • It does have an absorbing property,
  • It has a structure with nooks and crannies that takes in the toxic substances from your gut,
  • It is used in many products, situations and places like air vents, accidental poisoning or in case of a drug overdose.

After seeing the usability of active charcoal in all these conditions, many think of it to be safe to try for teeth cleaning as well.

Many dental professionals, however, have reservations about its safety and usability. Dr. Harms, a spokesperson of the American Dental Association and an active dental professional, has stated that no scientific evidence of charcoal being good for teeth has been found yet. In fact, like other abrasives, it might damage the teeth enamel and gums. Its safety and effectiveness is still doubtful as of now. According to Dr. Wolff, a Professor who holds the position of Chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at the New York University College of Dentistry, has also stated that attempts of using charcoal with toothpaste have not been much successful yet. It should also not hold you off from following the regular dental care routine or visiting dentists for treatment. Dr Harms further stresses on the importance of chloride in fighting against cavities. People would be cutting off that supply of chloride to teeth if they start using activated charcoal instead of toothpastes. This may result in an increase in cases of tooth decay.

The safety of this method is still under question. So instead of trying something that professionals are still skeptical about, you can opt for any of the other safer options available. You can discuss them with your dentist in Cypress to find out what would work best for you. Using the regular tooth pastes and going for the mainstream treatment procedures is a safe way to take instead of experimenting with your dental health.


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