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Charcoal Teeth Whitening: A Bright Idea?

If you’ve logged onto any social media platform over the last few years, chances are you’ve seen videos of people using charcoal to whiten their teeth. It seems like an easy and inexpensive way to get a whiter smile without having to go to the dentist. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that there are several potential side effects when it comes to using charcoal for teeth whitening. Let’s take a closer look at why it might be best to leave teeth whitening up to the professionals.

The first issue with charcoal-based toothpastes and whiteners is that they can be abrasive on sensitive teeth and gums. Charcoal is often used in toothpastes as an ingredient because of its ability to bind with plaque and remove it from your teeth. But it can also bind with the enamel on your teeth which can lead to them becoming thinner and more vulnerable over time. This can cause painful sensitivity as well as increased risk of cavities, tooth failure (cracked tooth) and gum disease.

Another downside of using charcoal-based products is that they don’t actually provide long lasting results when it comes to whitening your teeth. While they may appear white in the short term, they won’t stay that way if you don’t continue using the product regularly or if your diet consists of highly pigmented foods like coffee or red wine.  Using the product more frequently means an increased risk of negative results like the loss of your enamel. So if you’re looking for a brighter smile that lasts, professional teeth whitening may be your best bet after all.

Finally, there is always a risk when it comes to DIY beauty treatments like charcoal toothpaste or whitener kits, as these products are not regulated by the FDA or other governing bodies in terms of their safety or efficacy levels. Professional treatments use safe products and approved procedures for a reason; so if you’re looking for consistent, high quality teeth whitening results with minimal risk of damage then professional treatment may be right for you!


Using charcoal-based toothpastes and home kits may seem like an attractive option due to their low cost and overly amazing before and after Instagram examples, but they could potentially do more harm than good in the long run when it comes to keeping our pearly whites healthy! Professional treatments are not only safer but also more likely to give us longer-lasting results without subjecting us to unnecessary risks associated with DIY beauty treatments such as tooth discoloration or even decay. So before reaching for those DIY options, consider making an appointment with the Crossings Dental instead! We will be able to advise you about what treatment is best suited for your individual needs.

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