Toothpaste Containing Charcoal Increases Risk of Tooth Decay

Published Date : May 15, 2019

One of the trendiest products across the globe is charcoal-based toothpastes. However, in a research report British Dental Journal said that using charcoal-based toothpaste can increase the risk of abrasion. This product can actually fail to whiten teeth and lead to decaying of tooth.

As stated by the new review published in the journal, people who were attracted by such products should possess proper knowledge about the toothpaste. And there are many of them without fluoride, which is essential for fighting tooth decay.

Charcoal Toothpaste and its Content

People are more attracted towards charcoal toothpastes, as many popular social media personalities and bloggers were seen using them. They have been using them without knowing the facts and contents of the products, which is an essential part.

For the record, excessive brushing with charcoal toothpaste can intensify the risk of advance tooth decay. Moreover, it was not actually whitening the teeth, said the findings in British Dental Journal.

The journal studied 50 other charcoal toothpastes present in the market, and out of that only 8% contains fluoride. In addition, almost 96% of the charcoal toothpaste claims to have free radical bleaching agent, but they did not contain it enough.

Charcoal is made from wood, bamboo, nutshells, peat, coconut husks, and coal. The product is increasingly popular in many European region, including the Switzerland, Lithuania, and the U.K., where this toothpaste is manufactured, says British Dental Journal.

The use of charcoal for oral hygiene is popular these days because of the fact that in ancient time Greece used it to get rid of discoloration and odors from affected gums.

However, the researchers of the study said not to believe in the hype. Anyone concerned about the discoloration of teeth and to improve their oral hygiene should consult a dentist.