Will brushing your teeth with activated charcoal toothpaste really help whiten them and lift stains? We asked dentists to weigh in on the increasingly popular trend.

Activated charcoal is the buzzy health ingredient of the moment, showing up in everything from supplements to pressed juices to beauty products. And now, it’s also made its way to the oral care aisle, with brands like Curaprox and Twin Lotus marketing versions of activated charcoal toothpaste that claim to clean and whiten teeth and eliminate bad breath.

Because it’s so porous, activated charcoal is sometimes used in emergency rooms to treat certain kinds of poisoning and overdose—by “soaking up” the poison, charcoal prevents it from being absorbed into the stomach. By this logic, some people believe activated charcoal can also be used to soak up toxins in the body (or in this case, stains on the teeth).

But is it a good idea to use toothpastes that contain activated charcoal? And will the ingredient really whiten and “detox” teeth? We asked dentists for their take.

Read more: https://www.health.com/oral-health/charcoal-toothpaste

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