Over the years, there’s been some debate as to what kind of toothpaste you should be using. And as the trends gain traction, the facts can sometimes get muddled in with what happens to be popular at the time. And right now? Charcoal is in.
So, when it comes to these designer toothpastes, what are the ingredients you can actually trust to be better for your smile? Every set of pearly whites is different, but here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the charcoal-based toothpastes that might help you decide whether or not to take one for a spin.
The black paste might look off-putting, but activated charcoal has been proven to help remove surface stains on teeth. Because it’s somewhat abrasive, the charcoal will rub off and absorb a lot of what’s sitting right there on the enamel for all the world to see. That being said, proceed with caution. Because it can scratch off the stains left behind by plaque and other forms of wear and tear, it can also do a number on the teeth. Some users have reported more sensitive teeth after switching to charcoal pastes for this very reason.
And, remember how we mentioned that the charcoal was great for removing surface stains? It doesn’t do much for anything underneath all of that. Think of it more like a lifting agent. Once the accumulation on the surface is taken off, the charcoal has done its job and doesn’t have any part in restoring your teeth to their shiny white color. In that light, you’re much better off keeping to a regular fluoride-based toothpaste that will keep your teeth from weakening or getting cavities. Sure, there are more chemicals, but those agents do a lot to keep your teeth healthy from the inside out, rather than the other way around.
Another major factor that people have cited when it comes to the decision to switch to a designer toothpaste like the charcoal-based ones is the cost. Most toothpastes from bigger name brands are available at any pharmacy or drug store for $5 or less.
It’s gotten a little better since the novelty wore off, but for a charcoal-based designer brand of toothpaste, you’re looking at spending a minimum of $15. Some even cost as much as $30, and have to specially ordered. Factor in shipping and taxes, and that can get fairly expensive for a toothpaste that may or may not work for your teeth in particular.
With Michele Simpson, you can take the guesswork out of your dental hygiene. She specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as special treatments and orthodontics, so every appointment at the Wilmington smile design center provides you with everything you need to know in order to look and feel your best. Make an appointment for a smile makeover today!