Charcoal toothpastes have quickly become a popular way to whiten teeth, it has become one of the biggest trends in the cosmetic world. With conflicting arguments online on whether this is a good option, let's dive into the nitty gritty of using charcoal toothpastes.

There are many different brands of charcoal toothpastes on the market nowadays and they are very accessible, but the long term effects are real. 

Using charcoal toothpaste everyday is abrasive on your teeth and overtime it actually removes the enamel on your teeth which is irreversible. When the enamel is removed it causes the dentin to shine through which creates a yellow tone. 

What is dentin? 

Dentin constitutes the largest portion of the tooth. It is a hard, light yellow layer of tissue and is directly underneath the enamel. 

Using charcoal toothpaste as your primary toothpaste can also be linked to sensitivity issues. Sensitivity can be extremely painful and is a condition that occurs when the dentin layer of the tooth gets exposed. 

Most charcoal toothpaste brands also do not contain fluoride.

Why do we need fluoride?

Fluoride strengthens your tooth enamel which helps to protect your teeth against cavities and decay. When picking your toothpaste we recommend choosing the one with fluoride

A common theme to people's perceptions of charcoal toothpaste is that it is more effective than other toothpastes and at-home whitening products on the market. However, this is simply not the case.

So what do I look for when shopping for toothpaste?

As previously said check the fluoride content
Fluoride is an essential ingredient in toothpaste.

Read the label!

As with any cosmetic or wellbeing products always check the label. It may be easier to just pick the cheapest toothpaste on the market but it may not be the right choice for you. Not all types of toothpaste will be suitable for everyone, be aware of sweeteners and flavourings.

Consider your needs out of a toothpaste

Make sure you put your needs and the needs of your family first by asking simple questions:

Do you have sensitive teeth? 
Are you allergic to anything?
Is the toothpaste refreshing enough for you?

If you are not sure, ask your dentist

The best way to get the best advice if you are unsure is to ask a professional, you can never be too safe.

This is not to say that using charcoal toothpaste occasionally will cause these issues, however using it as your primary toothpaste can be linked to all of the above issues. If you choose to use charcoal toothpaste you should do so cautiously and sparingly, no more than once a week.

If you are looking to whiten your smile without long term damage do your research before purchasing products, and remember your dentist is always there if you need advice.