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Brushing with Charcoal: Not so Black and White

You may have noticed several articles posted on your Facebook newsfeed that discuss charcoal toothpaste and how it is superior to the regular toothpaste your dentist may recommend. Be aware that many of the claims for using charcoal are not backed up by scientific evidence. These include that charcoal toothpastes can be used for brushing your teeth to detox your oral cavity while making your teeth naturally whiter. Let’s talk about the first claim of using charcoal to detox your teeth and gums. The charcoal found in these toothpastes is called activated charcoal. Where does activated charcoal come from? Charcoal becomes activated when it is heated with a gas making it more porous. The poros

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