Activated charcoal is one of the latest viral “hacks,” even coming in toothpaste form.
If you listen to bloggers and other influencers on the internet, they’ll tell you that activated charcoal is said to be a good natural alternative to peroxide for whitening the teeth. The black powder is thought to absorb and remove stains caused by foods like red wine, coffee and tea. It can be great for removing toxins from skin and other parts of the body.
But should you really use it on your teeth? That depends.
First, if you do use it, you should make sure the powder is extra fine, so it’s not too harsh on your teeth. Second, you should definitely not use it daily. We recommend once a month, if you must, because of its abrasiveness.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you should always speak to their dentist prior to using any activated charcoal products, as everyone’s mouth is different. You don’t want your new remedy to cause irreparable damage to your smile!
Remember – there has not been a single study done that shows that using charcoal products for oral health care does anything good for your teeth at all. Please use with caution.