Following research which has suggested claims about oral healthcare products containing activated charcoal to whiten your teeth have been exaggerated, a charity has looked at the facts and myths surrounding this current trend.
The Oral Health Foundation is examining following publication of research showing that there is insufficient data to substantiate the safety and efficacy of charcoal-based oral health products.
The charity is worried that consumers are using these products without fully knowing what they contain and, as a result, are not getting enough of the ingredients which actively protect their teeth. Speaking on this subject Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “The number of charcoal toothpastes and powders on the market is growing rapidly and are being marketed through instafamous celebrity endorsements, but we believe shoppers may be being misled.
“Much of the time the celebrity has had professional tooth whitening and their white smiles are not a direct result of using the product.”
Some of these products may be actually harmful as they do not contain the effective ingredients to help prevent tooth decay. Toothpaste needs to contain 1,350-1,500 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride to actively protect teeth from decay, but many charcoal toothpastes fall well below this level.
“There are many reasons why people want to have whiter teeth, and I advise them to speak with a dental professional to establish what the best option for them individually is.”
Some products may be over abrasive and can wear away the enamel on the teeth, causing sensitivity.