Monday, July 8, 2019

Charcoal Toothpaste: Even Tech Websites Say the Risks Outweigh the Potential Benefits


I’ve been reporting and commenting on this subject for a while now… even as recently as May of this year.  The straight up truth is that charcoal toothpastes are a fad.  There is very little science to back up the claims being made.

It seems that every year or so some new “miracle” product comes along that touts the possibility of amazing things.  Weight loss, better complexion, growing hair, you name it.  The last 1 or 2 years, one of these “miracle products” has been toothpaste with activated charcoal.  My article from May emphasizes that these do NOT whiten teeth.

Recently I came across an article on that discusses this subject in some pretty good depth.  Personally I love Cnet .com because they have really great tech writers and they cover almost the entire tech spectrum.  If you have a passion for technology like I do, it’s a great place to bookmark and browse.  So while I was perusing articles the other day, I came across a great article that discusses claims and facts about charcoal toothpastes.

The author, Amanda Capritto, even goes so far as to call it “Internet elixir” which I think fits rather well with this topic.  Here are a few other things she has to say:

Because of its super absorbent properties, activated charcoal is thought to detoxify your mouth and super-clean your teeth by latching onto bacteria, tartar, food residue and stains, and stripping them all from your mouth.
The supposed result? A cleaner mouth and brighter, whiter teeth.
Keep in mind that the evidence on charcoal toothpaste itself is limited -- even called insufficient by some scientists-- so no one can yet definitely claim that charcoal toothpaste whitens or cleans your teeth better than any other toothpaste. In fact, one study compared activated charcoal toothpaste to other toothpastes and found that the charcoal brand performed no better than the others.
There's plenty of anecdotal claims that charcoal toothpaste prevents cavities or otherwise promotes better oral health, but again, there's no sound scientific evidence to support those claims. 

This is a really well done article by someone with no ax to grind and no financial incentive to agree or disagree with this entire subject.  If you would like to read the entire article (which I recommend), head on over to Cnet and check it out.

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