How Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work?
“Activated” charcoal is a fine grain powder made from wood, coconut shells, and other natural substances that are oxidized under extreme heat. It is mildly abrasive and is able to absorb surface teeth stains to some degree.
What’s the Problem?
Despite its purported benefits, there is no evidence that activated charcoal has any effect on stains below a tooth’s enamel, or that it has a natural whitening effect. In fact, recent studies have found that charcoal may actually leave the surface of the teeth rougher and more prone to permanent stains, yellowing, cavities, gum disease, and more.
Charcoal Toothpaste Side Effects
- Gum disease
- Dental erosion (increased surface roughness that could lead to even more retention of stain)
- Tooth enamel damage
- Dentin exposure
- Gingival recession (receding gums)
- Yellowing teeth
- Darkening of teeth
- Tissue trauma
- Sensitivity to cold / heat
- And more
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Class Action Alleges Cali White Charcoal Causes Tooth Damage
A class action lawsuit recently filed in the Northern District of California alleges that Cali White Activated Charcoal Toothpaste can damage teeth. Crew International LLC, the company that manufactures Cali White, is accused of misleading consumers into buying their charcoal toothpaste by claiming that it is “detoxifying” and “safe” for whitening. The lawsuit is – In re: Hartanovich v. Crew International LLC — Case No. 4:19-cv-00708-JED-FHM.
Hello Charcoal Toothpaste False Ad Lawsuit
A New York woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Hello Products LLC alleging that its activated charcoal teeth whitening toothpaste did not hold up to marketing claims and even posed health risks for some consumers. Plaintiff Sarah P. claims that Hello did not adequately test its products and even failed to properly review the available scientific literature.
“Hello did not, and never has, possessed the requisite clinical or scientific substantiation to support its multiple assertions on the benefits, safety, and efficacy of activated charcoal for oral hygiene use,” the complaint states.
Do I Have a Charcoal Toothpaste Class Action Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in charcoal toothpaste class action lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one had dental problems after using charcoal toothpaste, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.