Should I use charcoal toothpaste or coconut oil to whiten my teeth?
No. Dr. Bracy does not advise the use of either product. Why? Because there is no scientific evidence to demonstrate the safety or claims these products make. Both charcoal toothpaste and coconut oil pulling have emerged on social media and the internet as a way to whiten teeth and promote overall oral health.
A September 2017 literature review by the American Dental Association of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices states the facts. In a review of 118 scholarly articles and studies on charcoal toothpaste and charcoal-based oral care products, none showed sufficient evidence of any therapeutic effect, including whitening, detoxification effects, or reduced cavities. Safety of the products was also not demonstrated. Furthermore, enamel abrasion and wear is a real concern with these types of charcoal toothpaste. The same is true for coconut oil pulling and rinses. Check out the ADA website to read about the lack of any evidence that supports using coconut oil in your mouth.
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, ditch the charcoal toothpaste and save the coconut oil for your sweet potatoes. Embrace science and ask Dr. Bracy about the KöR Teeth Whitening. The KöR system provides consistently exceptional whitening results even for patients with tetracycline stained teeth or fluorosis. Dr. Bracy is a KöR whitening-trained dentist in the West Village, NYC and loves providing this service for his patients because the results can be life changing!