How Does Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?
Activated charcoal, a trendy new product among millennials and on social media, is purported to contain “serious cleaning powers” that brighten smiles and whiten teeth via the substance’s ability to latch on to everything it contacts — dirt, toxins, chemicals, bacteria — and stripping it out of the user’s mouth.
How is Activated Charcoal Different from Normal Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is different from “normal” charcoal — the kind used for BBQ grilling — in the substances used to produce it. The process involves heating several different carbon-rich materials together with other ingredients such as peat, sugar, coconut shells, coal, or even sawdust. Activated charcoal is heated to even higher temperatures than regular charcoal, which makes it more absorbent, allowing it to bind easily to other substances, according to CNET.
Does Black Toothpaste Work?
Evidence supporting the supposed benefits of charcoal toothpaste is considered by some scientists to be flimsy, as it has not been proven that black toothpaste works even as good as regular toothpaste at cleaning the mouth or whitening the teeth. In fact, one recent study published in the Journal of Applied Oral Science found that charcoal toothpaste performed no better than any other toothpaste.
Charcoal Toothpaste Side Effects
- Gum disease
- Dental erosion (increased surface roughness that could lead to even more retention of stain)
- Tooth enamel damage
- Dentin exposure
- Gingival recession (receding gums)
- Yellowing teeth
- Darkening of teeth
- Tissue trauma
- Sensitivity to cold / heat
- And more
Dentist Warning About Dangers Linked to Charcoal Toothpaste: CBS Philly Video
Do I Have a Charcoal Toothpaste Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in charcoal toothpaste lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by charcoal toothpaste, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.