Charcoal Toothpaste – The Pros and Cons
In recent years, charcoal has taken the cosmetic industry by storm, now featuring as a common ingredient in a variety of beauty products. In the beauty world, the newfound fame of this blacker than black substance is frequently attributed to its ‘magical’ cleansing qualities, that for centuries, have been used for the medical purpose of absorbing harmful toxins within the body (such as drugs or alcohol). Now, it’s supposed purifying powers have caught the attention of many cosmetic brands, specifically those creating dental products. But, while this unlikely ingredient may do the job when it comes to flushing out inside toxins, does it really work when it comes to teeth whitening? Below, we take a look at the pros and cons of using charcoal toothpaste:
If you take a trip to the dental section of any high street cosmetic shop, you’ll see the shelves brimming with ‘activated charcoal’ toothpaste. Consequently, you may find yourself wondering what exactly activated charcoal is; we’ve defined it in our Whitening Guide as charcoal that has been especially warmed or treated to strengthen its absorption. Consequently, this extra absorption is believed to provide a more thorough clean for your teeth, not only grasping on to any lurking bacteria but simultaneously removing any tough stains that may have built up over the years. For those after a good cleanse, this seems like the ideal product. But others may argue that removing stains doesn’t actually count as whitening …
According to industry experts, while charcoal has been shown to be an effective stain remover, there is not much evidence to suggest that it actively whitens teeth. This is confirmed by Gregg Lituchy, a dental professional, who says: “It is difficult to actually whiten a tooth with any toothpaste, but those with charcoal do remove surface stains effectively.” Additionally, due to the fact that activated charcoal works on the basis of absorption, there are concerns that as well as taking away the bad things on our teeth, it could also remove the good (enamel for example).
As a result of its magnetic-like carbon particles, not only can charcoal toothpaste supposedly remove tough plaque and tartar but it can also work to detox the mouth in general through its absorptive abilities. Consequently, it is thought to be more effective than normal toothpaste at banishing toxins that cause bad breath, meaning you’ll stay fresher for longer. Seeing as the mouth is one of the dirtiest places in the human body, why wouldn’t you want to detox it as much as possible?!
While the mouth is indeed full of bacteria, it isn’t a part of the body that functions as a detoxifying area, unlike the kidneys or liver. As such, some may argue that there probably won’t be many toxins in your mouth to get rid of, making the detoxifying elements of charcoal toothpaste seem a little redundant.
As with every other toothpaste, charcoal toothpaste is incredibly easy to apply; you simply pop it on your toothbrush and brush away for the required amount of time instructed on the packet of the product. Whichever brand you go for, the easy application of charcoal toothpaste undoubtedly gives it an edge over other teeth whitening products that are more complicated or time-consuming to use.
While squeezing it on to your brush may be easy, the clean-up job following the application of some charcoal toothpastes is not. This is because many of these toothpastes are grey or even black in colour, meaning they often produce dark coloured foam that can stain both your brush and sink if you’re not careful!
As you can see, there are several pros and cons of using charcoal toothpaste but the question of whether it works as a tooth whitening product remains contentious among many. If you’re wanting to jump on the charcoal toothpaste trend but are having a little trouble deciding which product to go for, check out our charcoal toothpaste reviews here at Nice Gnashers to ensure you choose a charcoal toothpaste that’s right for you!