Has Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Peaked Your Interest?

If you are active on Instagram and Facebook, chances are very high that you have come face to face with an ad for activated charcoal toothpaste, as it is being pegged as one of the latest trends to whiten your teeth. (Although it’s not a new invention – back in ancient Roman times, people used charcoal in powdered form as an ingredient in their toothpaste.) Not to mention, it seems so much easier and less time intensive than other options. And because it seems so easy – because it’s literally just brushing like with regular toothpaste – it makes people wonder if it really works.

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Tons of people swear by it, including social media influencers and bloggers. That said, there are dentists who have concerns about the risks that may be associated with use of it. There is thought that if you use charcoal toothpaste on a long-term basis, it may be too abrasive and possibly wear away at your tooth enamel. (And we know that once tooth enamel wears away, it’s gone for good, so it is something that you need to take seriously.)

When tooth enamel breaks down, the dentin (the layer beneath your enamel) then becomes more visible. Why is this a problem? It’s an issue because dentin has a yellowish tinge, so it can then make your teeth look more yellow or stained…which is the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve.

When it comes to teeth whitening, it is better to be safe than sorry and get a product straight from your dentist’s office, or make an appointment for a professional whitening in the clinic.

Looking for professional teeth whitening in Surrey? Come see us at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry! Call us to book your appointment today: 604-593-8201