Charcoal is one of the best cosmetic products being an ingredient in commercial face masks and scrubs, as most people also swear by it for whitening their teeth.
Activated charcoal is the type used in beauty products and toothpaste and is a fine grain powder made from wood, coconut shells, and other natural substances that are oxidized under extreme heat, It's advantage is it's highly absorbent properties and it is medically used to absorb and remove toxins.
Although there is no evidence, that it has any effect on stains below a tooth’s enamel, or that it has a natural whitening effect. To whiten teeth, a substance needs to work on stains on the surface, and also intrinsic stains.
More research is needed on the long-term effects of charcoal toothpaste as caution needs to be taken when using charcoal based toothpastes due to its unproven claims and safety, here is what to know about these charcoal toothpaste;
-Charcoal toothpaste may be too abrasive for everyday use as it may lead to wear down of enamel and make your teeth look more yellow by exposing the dentin causing over sensitivity.
-Most Charcoal toothpastes lack fluoride components which helps keep your tooth enamel strong, and guards the teeth against cavities and decay.
-It may cause staining of teeth as it accumulates in between spaces and crevices particularly in older people.
Pros of Charcoal Toothpastes
The known benefits of charcoal toothpastes till date are ;
-It may prevent staining when used once in a while and cleaned professionally
-It may assist to remove stains on the teeth surfaces.
-It may improve bad mouth odors.
Cons of Charcoal Toothpastes
The cons of using charcoal toothpaste include:
-It's long-term effects and safety are still unclear.
-It’s abrasive nature as it can wear down tooth enamel which may make teeth appear yellow.
-It may not remove stains underneath the enamel.
-Everyday use could cause tooth sensitivity.
-Most products lack fluoride, which helps prevent cavities and tooth decay.
-Stains older teeth and dental restorations, like veneers, bridges, crowns, and white fillings.
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