The dentistry industry is one that has had to contend with quite a lot of beauty trends over the years, and not all of them have been particularly good for people to undertake. While occasionally a beauty dental trend holds its value, a lot of the time they end up proving to be potentially damaging to the individuals who buy into them. Activated charcoal is one of them. In recent years, the activated charcoal trend has been becoming more and more prominent, and these days, it is present in everything from capsules and coffee, to face masks and even toothpaste. It is a beauty trend that has caught on globally, but it is also one of the beauty trends that dentistry professionals are breaking down more and more to make consumers aware of the associated risks and potential consequences.
Understanding the charcoal toothpaste trend
The rise of internet influencers has brought with it a subsequent surge in the individuals who decide they want to promote products and services online in exchange for money. That is where the activated charcoal toothpaste trend first came to life. From the onset, there does not seem to be anything especially dangerous about brushing your teeth with charcoal. It is said to be a good natural alternative to whitening your teeth with peroxide, absorbing and removing stains caused by foods and drinks like tomato, red wine, coffee, and tea (to name a few examples). Acting as a kind of magnet that attracts toxins (which is why it is commonly used in water filtration systems and as a treatment for food poisoning and drug overdoses). But what do the dentistry professionals have to say about it, and is it bad for you?
What the professionals have to say about it
Dentistry professionals do not typically (if at all) encourage any teeth whitening or teeth care product unless they know for a fact that it works and is healthy for clients to use. And, unlike dental innovations like Invisalign, where it is literally just a modernised version of a former technique in professional dentistry, activated charcoal toothpaste was not invented by a professional in dentistry, and it is not a technique that many will openly (if at all) suggest that you try on a regular basis (if at all). Dental professionals always try to steer clients away from charcoal toothpaste, and for good reason.
Important notes before considering trying it out
It might seem like a cheaper and more natural alternative to some professional whitening procedures, but charcoal toothpaste can cause significant damage. Look, at the end of the day, if you want to brush your teeth with activated charcoal, go ahead. If you are smart about it, sure, it might work for a while. But too much use can also strip away the enamel, which never comes back. Over time, this can make the teeth look more yellow than white, because the inner dentin – which is darker – begins to show through the surface more. Additionally, it can cause damage if it is not ground down to an extra fine powder (because of the natural abrasiveness of the charcoal), and used too often (using it once a month is more than enough, if you need to at all).