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Does charcoal toothpaste really whiten your teeth?

Charcoal toothpaste has become very popular amongst social media, claiming to be able to whiten your teeth. It is readily available to purchase in most high street drugstores for a very affordable price. 

What is charcoal toothpaste? And does it really whiten your teeth? Read on to find out.   

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is the latest ‘detox’ trend amongst the health community on social media. It is made from material that contains carbon particles, such as wood, which is then heated at a high temperature to create charcoal. This process is called ‘activation’ and is where it gets its name. 

Activated charcoal contains lots of small holes which makes it very porous and absorbent. It’s this absorbancy that has made it so popular as it’s believed it will absorb the ‘bad’ substances from your body. 

Does charcoal toothpaste have any whitening properties?

Charcoal has been so popular in the ‘detox’ industry because of its claim to be able to absorb chemicals from the body. It’s the absorbent properties that are the reason it has been added to toothpaste that claim to whiten teeth. People believe that charcoal has the ability to absorb, and remove, stains from teeth leaving them whiter. However, charcoal toothpaste currently has no proven whitening effects for teeth. 

Can charcoal toothpaste harm your teeth?

If you are regularly using charcoal toothpaste, you can be causing serious harm to your teeth and gums. Charcoal is abrasive and can wear down the enamel on the teeth. Particles can also get stuck under the gum, causing irritation and swelling. Normal toothpaste contains fluoride, a vital ingredient in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. Most charcoal toothpaste does not contain fluoride. 

What’s the best way of whitening your teeth?

The safest and most effective way of achieving that sparkling smile of your dreams is to choose professional teeth whitening treatment. 

At Oak Mount Dental Practice in Didsbury, our dentists are experts in teeth whitening treatment. Years of experience have led them to make sure the treatment is completely safe for you and your dental health. 

We offer Phillips Zoom! Teeth whitening treatment, which is a fast and effective way to whiten your smile. Get the smile of your dreams in just one hour! 

To book your appointment, or to find out more information about our whitening treatment, please call Oak Mount Dental Practice on 0161 445 1211.

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