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Activated Charcoal: Is the Hype Real? – Part 2

Is “Infused with Charcoal” a Marketing Gimmick?

The short answer is ‘Yes, it is’ and a really effective one. The most obvious example of marketing gone awry are the so called “charcoal infused bristles.” According to activated charcoal proponents, the ingredients should sit on the teeth’s surface for a while to be able to properly bind onto the toxins in your mouth. Bristles enriched with charcoal are just marketing fluff because there is very little charcoal used in such a product and the ingredient is usually infused in the bristles’ body, which renders is ineffective one you put it on your teeth.

Activated CharcoalIn addition, bristles infused with charcoal will likely sit in your bathroom cabinet for several months at a time, which means that the charcoal has plenty of time to absorb other toxins in that room. And last but not least, activated charcoal needs some time to rest on your teeth for it to properly absorb the dirt and toxins there. When using a charcoal-infused bristle, the ingredient touches various portions of your teeth only for a fraction of a second, which makes it impossible for the ingredient to actually benefit your teeth. Our professionals also warn that these types of oral care products might do more harm than good as they are stiffer than regular bristles, which ups the risk of gum damage.

However, despite the evidence many people mindlessly buy into these types of products as long as “infused with charcoal” is written on the package and companies continue to produce these products so that they can increase the price of their otherwise regular products. Plus, because of our obsession with white teeth, these marketing tricks really work.

How Can I Keep My Teeth White and Healthy?

Our experts warn that white teeth don’t necessarily mean strong teeth. Genetics play a huge role in this issue so, ironically, a person with yellow teeth might have stronger teeth than their counterpart obsessed with having a pearly white smile. It is more important for your teeth to be disease- and cavity-free than being white. So, we encourage you never to sacrifice your teeth or gums’ health for a commercial-worthy white teeth.

Also, ensure that you follow the tried-and-tested oral care routine that we recommend to all of our customers: brush for a couple of minutes a day in the morning and in the evening, floss daily, change your toothbrush as recommended, and visit a dental care professional every six months.

Additionally, be aware of the foods and beverages that might stain your teeth as even some of the best whitening treatments may start to lose their effect within as little as one month. If you manage to steer clear of foods and drinks with tooth-staining potential, such as sweets, berries, coffee, red wine, and black tea, you can pay your dentist a visit for another treatment after a year.

If you’re on the fence about using activated charcoal in your toothbrush, consult with your dentist first for at least two reasons. First, the ingredient’s benefits haven’t been proven by science, yet and, second, charcoal might be too abrasive for your teeth natural enamel layer. That is why modern toothpastes don’t contain any harsh ingredients as they are supposed to gently cleanse your teeth and gums without harming them in the process.

Most dental care professionals believe that highly abrasive ingredients have no place in toothpaste or on people’s teeth, which might be why manufacturers no longer add bark and oyster shells to their products. The jury is still out on activated charcoal, though, so we cannot recommend it wholeheartedly. Being pro-active with your oral hygiene can get you a lot farer than testing new and potentially enamel-damaging ingredients on your teeth.


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Laurie Duncan

“Dr John has been fantastic and I’m so glad that I have someone that I can truly trust with my dental care! I needed a new crown and bridge and couldn’t be happier with the results. They look so natural and perfect for my smile! I’ve also had a whitening treatment in house and was extremely pleased with the results. Their staff are all very friendly and caring, at both locations. I also appreciate how efficient and flexible they are with appointments.”

John Ingino

John Ingino

"Hands down the "BEST DENTIST" and office staff I have ever been to!!!!! The staff is friendly, I never wait, Dr. John would not let me leave until I was completely happy! NO PAIN at all...ever! Olga the Hygienist almost made me cry when she handed me a mirror! Look at my beautiful white smile!"

Kelly Roland

Kelly Roland

"I absolutely love this office. Starting from the front desk girls, they are always so friendly. I love having my teeth cleaned by Olga, she’s so gentle and yet so good, makes you want to go back for cleanings more often. Dr John is very nice, and professional. This office is great at educating you when dental work is needed, but never tries to pressure you into getting it done. Thank you for always making me feel welcome and cared for."

Adam Anthony

Adam Anthony

"First class service. Extremely professional, every one on staff was super nice & helpful. Appointment started on time, scheduling was flexible & easy. The facilities are clean and they are taking extra precautions during this time. Highly recommended!"

Alessandra Williams

Alessandra Williams

"JJ Dental is AWESOME, I promise after your first cleaning you’ll be hooked. Dr John is extremely talented, his service is excellent and the staff is very friendly. The best part is that I never feel pressured to get any work done, I am given my options but also told “ if it doesn’t hurt we can hold off for now.” I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new dentist."

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Insurance & Financing

At JJ Dental our insurance specialists deal directly with your insurance providers.

A thorough breakdown of your benefits allows us to give you the most accurate coverage estimate possible. Based on this information we can provide you with a plan that maximizes your benefits and minimizes your out of pocket expense. Once treatment has begun we will even submit the insurance claims on your behalf to eliminate any headaches for you. (See Accepted Insurance)

While a majority of insurance plans will cover a large percentage of preventative and restorative care, they rarely cover cosmetic procedures. For any procedures not covered or beyond your plans maximum benefit, we provide several payment options including cash, check, money order, and major credit cards. We also offer flexible, no interest monthly installment plans through care credit and lending club that help you get the treatment you need without a financial burden.


We believe that there are three main considerations that you should be aware of when choosing a dentist.

Does the dentist care deeply about you and your dental health?

Is the dentist skilled enough to consistently provide the highest quality of dental care?

Does the dentist have the team and the tools available to provide you with the highest quality of care?

At JJ Dental our entire team is proud to be able to answer yes to each of these critical questions.

Downtown Fort Lauderdale

  • 30 NE 3rd Street
    Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
    United States

  • 954-463-7262

  • Monday - Thursday: 8AM - 5PM
    Friday: 8AM-12PM


Lauderdale By The Sea

  • 3000 E Commercial Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale FL 33308
    United States

  • 954-491-1904

  • Monday - Thursday: 8AM - 4PM
    Friday: 8AM-12PM