Charcoal Toothpaste. Yes or No?

Charcoal Toothpaste. Yes or No?

Dr. Barnes and Dr. Coughlin try charcoal toothpaste and give us their thoughts in this video:

More information on charcoal toothpaste:

Studies have called into question whether charcoal is actually doing more harm than good when it comes to your teeth.  A review in the British Dental Journal from 2019 found that charcoal provides little protection against tooth decay, and there is limited scientific evidence to support the other health claims. There are also concerns about the abrasiveness of charcoal, which could damage enamel if used regularly. Because charcoal toothpaste is abrasive, it will remove surface stains on teeth but it will never equal what an in-office whitening treatment, like ZOOM! Whitening can do.

Northstar Family Dental does not recommend using charcoal toothpaste on a regular basis and here are the main reasons why:
  • It’s abrasive and may wear down tooth enamel and make teeth appear yellow.
  • It doesn’t remove stains below the enamel.
  • Everyday use could cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Most brands don’t contain fluoride, which helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.

If you have questions about charcoal toothpaste, tooth decay, or if you would like to make an appointment to whiten your teeth contact our offices at 614-891-4242.

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