Charcoal toothpaste is quite popular these days mainly because they claim to have whitening and stain removing properties.
They are fashionable, trendy and different from conventional toothpaste.
But are they really as good as they claim to be?
Well, according to a recent study published in the British Dental Journal, not so much.
Read on to find out more…
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More harm than good?
According to the BMJ study, there has been no scientific research to back up the claims of the effectiveness of charcoal toothpaste in tooth whitening and oral hygiene.
The authors examined 50 different charcoal toothpaste. Not only did they not find any beneficial properties, they actually found that charcoal toothpaste may speed up tooth decay and other dental problems! This is because they don’t contain fluoride. Fluoride, the ingredient that helps battle tooth decay, is taken out of charcoal toothpaste because the charcoal absorbs them.
Historically, the ancient Greeks first used charcoal for oral hygiene. Due to the charcoal’s absorbent qualities, it was also used to control halitosis.
According to Dr. Greenwall-Cohen, co-author of the study from the University of Manchester Dental School, charcoal-based toothpaste may be too abrasive for our teeth than fluoride-based toothpaste. Charcoal can permanently damage the teeth’s protective enamel layer.
The review stated that people who regularly used charcoal-based products were hoping for “a low cost, quick-fix, tooth-whitening option”. The authors of the study advised that people should go to dentists instead, for advice on teeth whitening.
This is yet another example of why it isn’t always a good idea to believe what you hear in the media. Charcoal toothpaste, as it turns out, isn’t very good for you. So next time you come across a new fad like this, do your own research rather than taking the marketing and hype at face value.
Forewarned is forearmed…
Do you use, or have used, charcoal toothpaste? What’s been your experience with it?
Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.
And if you want to learn more about dental hygiene, check out this article: Are You Brushing Your Teeth Wrong? Five Tips For Better Dental Hygiene
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