Monday, October 16, 2017

Literature Review: No Scientific Evidence To Support Oral Health Claims Of Charcoal Toothpastes

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For a while now, we’ve all been seeing some pretty outrageous claims about toothpastes containing charcoal and how much of a benefit they have.  Usually these appear in ads that say something like “the toothpaste your dentist will never tell you about” implying some conspiracy or the fact that they work so well, they will put dentistry in a pine box.  Unfortunately, neither of these are the truth.  The reason you don’t hear much about charcoal from your dentist is because there is no proof that it works.
JADA (Journal of the American Dental Association) recently published a literature review that showed no scientific evidence.  The review states:


The results of this literature review showed insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. Larger-scale and well-designed studies are needed to establish conclusive evidence.

Practical Implications

Dental clinicians should advise their patients to be cautious when using charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices with unproven claims of efficacy and safety.

Note that they are not saying it does not work as advertised.  They are simply saying there is no PROOF.  More scientific studies need to be done.
That being said, I’m not using or recommending anything in this category for the foreseeable future.

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