Everybody is talking about it, and most are doing it. Charcoal toothpaste has sparked so much online attention that I wanted to find out whether this trend is here to stay. I spoke to celeb dentist Dr Richard Marques of Wimpole Street Dental about why we should be using charcoal products on our teeth…

Charcoal products draw out toxins from the teeth, and can act as a mild abrasive. These products are said to polish teeth and absorb the bacteria that leads into gum disease and tooth decay.

“Activated charcoal (powder, toothpastes or mouthwash) is a safe method of whitening because it’s 100% natural and can strengthen gums as well as whiten teeth” says Dr Marques.

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon processed to have small, low volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions – it is essential to use 100% pure activated charcoal, and not the stuff off your barbecue.

A friend of mine has actually seen great results from using charcoal toothpaste, so I’m keen to see how using charcoal products on my teeth will help my smile in the next couple of months!

Dr Marques’ 5 reasons why you should jump on the hype:

  1. It doesn’t absorb into the teeth so teeth will always look whiter after use, and despite being black in colour, no dark stains will be left!
  2. You only need to use it two to three times a week to see impressive results – there is a small chance it could wear away the tooth enamel in the long-term as it’s slightly abrasive if using more often than this.
  3. It is simple to use: just apply the product to a wet toothbrush, brush as normal and spit it out afterwards and ensure you use lots of water to rinse the powder away properly and remember, don’t swallow it!
  4. It’s a cost-effective method of whitening giving great results when watching your wallet and is perfect for those with a busy schedule, as it can be done in the comfort of your own home.
  5. It’s a product that you can have lots of fun with! Enjoy your white smile but remember, it can get a little messy.