There has been a lot of chatter from dentists lately regarding the safety of activated charcoal in oral care products.
You’ll get answers from all over the spectrum, and it’s hard to conclude what’s reliable. You’ll hear, “Why yes, charcoal does wonders for my patients.” …and others say, “That stuff is like rubbing sandpaper on your teeth!”
We’re here to tell you the problem is in the question itself; a hasty generalization cannot be made either way.
Regarding dentist claims against charcoal: You cannot make a categorical statement around the safety of activated charcoal for oral care. Some activated charcoal is, indeed, too abrasive, while others, depending on how it’s processed, are safe – it depends on the particle size and overall formulation within the oral care products themselves.
We, at My Magic Mud, have performed RDA (Relative Dentin Abrasion) and REA (Relative Enamel Abrasion) studies on our activated charcoal oral care line, which by American Dental Association standards, are within range of being safe. We don’t know of any other activated charcoal brands that have performed these tests.
We have dentists all over the USA recommending our products to their patients who are looking for alternatives to conventional treatments. We have a great respect for dentists who offer these alternatives, because some people can really benefit from avoiding harsh chemical treatments. These more conventional treatments work, but they can take a toll on your health and be a drain on your pocket book. Dentists cannot deny the intense sensitivity and pain that follows whitening treatments.
We think dentists who make these hasty generalizations around activated charcoal, do it because they care about their patients and because they have a healthy skepticism of practices they weren’t introduced to in dental school or peer publications; however we invite them to look at the objective standards for measuring safety when analyzing activated charcoal by itself and as a part of a greater ingredient deck in oral care products.”