Should You Switch to a Charcoal Toothpaste? Probably Not
Recently there's been a lot of interest in DIY teeth whitening using charcoal toothpaste because it seems like a natural, healthy approach for brightening your smile. But how effective is it and is it safe for your teeth?
The medical benefits of activated charcoal are well-documented. Because of its highly absorbent properties, it's often used in emergency rooms to help patients who have overdosed or ingested hazardous chemicals.
Activated charcoal is also highly abrasive, so dentists are concerned that overusing the product or misusing it can actually damage your teeth. And in September 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association published the results of a study that says there's ...