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Charcoal Toothpaste and Oil Pulling: Do They Really Work?

April 29, 2018
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Posted By: German Church Road Family Dentistry
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It's natural to want to take control of your own dental care by looking for natural solutions that can save you a trip to the dentist's office. But trying any home remedy before you understand the effect they have on your teeth can negatively impact your oral health. 

Two Popular DIY Approaches

Recently, two do-it-yourself treatments have gained popularity: charcoal toothpaste and oil pulling. How effective are they? Are they safe? Let's take a look at what these treatments are supposed to do and if they deliver.

  • Charcoal toothpaste – Everyone benefits from a bright, beautiful smile, but you may prefer to skip a professional whitening treatment and opt for this home remedy. Activated charcoal is abrasive, so using it can provide some whitening benefits. But the American Dental Association says that there isn't enough data to support the whitening claims. Worse yet, using charcoal can wear away dental enamel over time. As your enamel thins, the yellowish dentin beneath it becomes more apparent causing the same problem that led you to whiten your teeth in the first place! 
  • Oil pulling – This is another method for improving oral health that's actually been around for centuries. Oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Unlike charcoal toothpaste, there is some evidence that oil pulling can be beneficial. Studies have indicated that, over time, it can reduce Streptococcus mutans, one of the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

In-House, Professional Teeth Whitening in Cumberland

There will always be new home remedies to try, but like charcoal and oil pulling, they have their pros and cons. Before you commit to one, consult with your 46229 dentist to make sure it's safe and effective for long-term use.

Modern dentistry provides us with many options for helping you manage your oral health with established dental practices. If you have questions about these or other home remedies, please call German Church Road Dentistry, and Dr. Dane Uhl will be happy to discuss safe ways you can take control of your oral health.

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