When it comes to natural and alternative methods for dental hygiene, you should always approach non-traditional choices with caution. Charcoal toothpaste is recommended in some wellness circles for cleaning your teeth instead of regular toothpaste. But, does it work? And more importantly, is it safe? Read on to learn more.

Is Charcoal toothpaste safe?

According to most dentists, charcoal toothpaste is not safe for regular use. There isn’t enough research to know its long-term effects on the teeth, but its short-term effects are alarming enough.

Too Rough on the Teeth

Due to its abrasive nature, charcoal could be damaging for everyday use. It may have some whitening potential, but this is because it’s stripping your teeth with its abrasive particles. Using charcoal toothpaste regularly can wear down your enamel permanently. So, using charcoal for whitening is counterproductive since weakening enamel will cause a yellowing effect.

No Fluoride in Charcoal Toothpaste

Most charcoal toothpastes do not include fluoride. Fluoride helps keep the enamel on your teeth strong. Using fluoride regularly can help protect your teeth against cavities and decay. Eliminating fluoride from your dental routine can increase your chances of tooth decay.

May Cause Staining

The black charcoal particles in charcoal toothpaste can accumulate in the cracks and crevices of your teeth. This could eventually cause staining and distorted coloration.

May Be Harmful to Dental Work

There isn’t enough research to know what the long-term effects of charcoal toothpaste are on dental restorations. Using charcoal regularly could be damaging to veneers, bridges, crowns, or white fillings.

Besides using ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, seeing your dentist regularly should be a part of your dental routine. Come see Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts for all your toothpaste questions. Call for an appointment today!