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Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

Charcoal toothpastes ‘don’t whiten teeth’

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Charcoal-based toothpastes, which claim to whiten teeth, are a "marketing gimmick" which could increase the risk of tooth decay and staining, says a review in the British Dental Journal.The charcoal products, which are increasingly popular, often contain no fluoride to help protect the teeth.And there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims they make, the authors say.Excessive brushing with them can do more harm than good, they add.They advise people to go to their dentist for advice on bleaching, or whitening, their teeth.And they say it is better to stick to using a regular fluoride-based toothpaste. NHS dentist charges rise by 5% in England 'Misleading' toothpaste TV advert banned by watchdog Charcoal was first used for oral hygiene purposes in...
Will Activated Charcoal Actually Detox My Body?

Will Activated Charcoal Actually Detox My Body?

Health
Throughout my career I've seen dozens of supplements come and go in terms of trendiness, from herbs and amino acids to antioxidants and extracts. Recently, activated charcoal has been having a moment as a must-try natural remedy.Early on in my career I worked in a hospital, as well as a substance abuse rehabilitation center, so I am familiar with the medicinal use of activated charcoal. Similar to common charcoal for your grill, activated charcoal is typically made from peat, coal, wood, or coconut shells, treated in a way that makes it very porous, or "activated." It's used commonly in emergency rooms to treat poisoning and drug overdoses due to its ability to trap chemicals and prevent them from being absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood.Apparently some health enthusia...