Say “No Thanks” to Black Toothpaste
We know your smile doesn’t really have an opinion, but if it did, we hope it would say “No!” to the new fad of black (charcoal) toothpaste. Your smile can’t speak up, but dentists can, and they have a number of excellent reasons to steer you away from treatments and products they deem not helpful, and even harmful. We hope you will bring your black toothpaste questions to exam appointments, so we can give you the facts about taking good care of your teeth.
Black Toothpaste Is Abrasive
Your tooth enamel is hard, but it can be weakened by scrubbing with harsh products. Even the finest grade of charcoal toothpaste can wear away the tooth surface. If it gives the appearance that stains are being removed, it is at the cost of abrading some of the very enamel that is protecting your teeth from sensitivity and decay.
It Has Not Been Scientifically Studied
While there are personal testimonials that can be seached up, there are not any scientific studies as to the safety (or even long-term effectiveness) of using charcoal toothpaste. When a product has been studied, and deemed to be safe and effective, the company can pursue the ADA seal of acceptance, meaning it has the approval of the American Dental Association. Toothpastes (and any oral hygiene products) without this seal should not be used, unless under the strict care and supervision of a dental professional.
There Are Safe Ways to Whiten Teeth
If you are bothered by the color of your teeth, rather than try potentially harmful products at home, ask us about teeth whitening options at your next visit. We can discuss safe options, that your can use from the comfort of your home. You will know that your teeth are being treated gently and safely, and if you ever have a question, expert teeth-whitening advice from our team is a close as the phone.