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Dangers of Charcoal Toothpaste


Posted on 1/25/2021 by office
Dangers of Charcoal ToothpasteWe've all seen the pictures and videos of our favorite influencers using charcoal toothpaste and then coming out with sparkling and shiny teeth. But how real is that sparkle and shine? Is charcoal toothpaste really any good for you? Well, not entirely. Here are some of the dangers of charcoal toothpaste.

Can Wear Down the Enamel


Charcoal toothpaste can prove to be quite strong and abrasive on the teeth. So, while they may effectively clean your teeth, they might end up cleaning too much of it. This means that constant use of the toothpaste can wear down your enamel faster. Moreover, as your enamel wears away and the naturally yellow dentin appears, your teeth will start appearing more yellow as well, thereby losing their purpose.

Only Targets Surface Stains


These toothpastes can appear to whiten your teeth. However, the truth is that they only target the surface stains and don't really work on stains below the surface. Therefore, they might be okay for a quick fix but they aren't really effective at whitening your teeth in the long run.

Can Lead to Tooth Sensitivity


Since the toothpaste causes the enamel to wear away faster, this leads to increased tooth sensitivity. This is because the inner layer, dentin, usually contains more nerve endings that can feel temperatures more intensely, causing that increased sensitivity and discomfort.

Not Always Effective at Preventing Cavities


Another important thing you need to consider is the ingredients in the toothpaste. Most charcoal toothpastes don't contain fluoride which makes them ineffective against cavities and other dental problems. Therefore, over time, you will be more prone to developing cavities, tooth decay, and other dental problems.

If you want, you can use charcoal toothpaste once in a while. However, since their risks mostly outweigh the benefits, it is not recommended to use them every day. Besides that, you can contact Dr. Kevin Kay and at Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry for any further queries or consultation.

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