Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Activated Charcoal: Teeth-Whitening Secret or Total Scam?

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Since my post yesterday was on the scientific aspects of a literature review on charcoal toothpastes, my thinking today is to look at the information from a more “mainstream” point of view.  I mean all of that science stuff is fine, but what are concerns with this subject from the court of public opinion?  In short, it’s pretty much the same.
Here are a couple of paragraphs from an article I located on The Daily Beast:

You brush your teeth and floss on the reg. You’ve tried everything from the latest toothpaste to whitening strips, gels, and trays but nothing seems to give you that 100-watt smile. So what’s the best way to get gleaming pearly whites?

According to Pinterest and YouTube, the path to whiter teeth is covered in a pitch-black paste. Bloggers and vloggers claim that brushing with activated charcoal is an all-natural way to remove surface stains caused by coffee, tea, or red wine without bleach or abrasives. To prove it, they’re flaunting soot-covered teeth straight out of a horror movie. The result? Fluorescent white teeth after as few as one use, proponents say.

The article is well written and doesn’t, in my opinion, show signs of bias.  It just wants people to know the facts.  Those facts are that this stuff doesn’t seem to work and could even be harmful.
Of course, don’t just take my word for it.  Go to The Daily Beast and read for yourself.  It’s a great article about the newest fad.  

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