Good morning everyone! I came across this article from the Dental Association that stated that charcoal teeth whitening may not be effective…I have seen a lot of Facebook posts lately about this fad and have a few key thoughts:
1-use in moderation for safe whitening-the coarseness of the charcoal is what makes it remove stains-there are easier ways and safer ways to do this
2-do not ingest any of the charcoal-it can be extremely toxic. Please do not let kids or teens use this method either
3-in office or over the counter whitening products are safer and quicker to use ie-crest white strips, in office whitening with Main Street Dental etc.
4-read the below article from the ADA!!!
Have a great week Main Street Dental patients! We love you guys and let us know if you have any questions. Dr. Seth Monson
Main Street Dental Gresham
ADA Spokesperson: No Evidence Charcoal Teeth Whitening Method Is Effective.
Newsweek (10/10, Matthews) discusses the current trend to use charcoal in food, health, and beauty products, stating that the substance is “the current ‘it’ ingredient on social media.” Newsweek reports that although some charcoal products “tout supposed health benefits,” medical and dental professionals “warn against using the additive as a health treatment” or for whitening teeth. “There’s no evidence at all that activated charcoal does any good for your teeth,” ADA spokesperson Dr. Kim Harms said, adding that it is unclear whether using activated charcoal is safe, and the concern with using abrasives to brush teeth is the effect they can have on gums and enamel.
A literature review published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found insufficient evidence to support the efficacy claims of charcoal products.
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information on teeth whitening, including information on natural teeth whitening methods. In addition, the ADA provides a complete list of toothpastes with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Charcoal teeth whitening products do not have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.