Don’t mess with Drake — especially when it comes to matters of oral hygiene.
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With more than 39 million Instagram followers, it’s likely the 31-year-old rapper gets trolled thousands of times per day. While he’s obviously too busy to respond to every single hater out there, he found the time to respond to one particularly nasty comment aimed at his pearly whites.
And thank goodness he spoke up, because he is totally schooling the rest of us on the dental health trend — activated charcoal.
Champagne Papi (Drake’s Instagram username, for those who don’t follow him) recently posted a photo of himself with a huge smile splashed across his face. If you look closely, a small speck of something-something is visible on his front tooth, which one of his followers, “Jay Daddy Dollars,” ill-fatedly felt inclined to comment about.
“Lmao all that money and ur teeth don’t look clean,” he wrote. But little did this fan know how seriously Drake takes his dentistry.
“I have a pink diamond in my tooth,” Drake responded. “I brush with activated charcoal before any club night where I will see baddies know dattttttttttt.”
For those unfamiliar with the term “baddie,” the Urban Dictionary explains it to be “a bad girl who is always on fleek, slaying the game.” Simple. However, Drake’s unconventional dental hygiene practice is a more complicated to explain.
Activated charcoal is created by chemically heating charcoal until it develops sponge-like pores. For years it has been used to pull toxins out of the body, but recently people have started drinking it and brushing their teeth with it.
Companies like BlackMagic, Carbon Coco and Squeaky Clean are marketing activated charcoal toothpaste as a legit teeth-whitener, but some health officials aren’t exactly jumping on the bandwagon. In fact, the Oral Health Foundation in the U.K. recently made claims it might put your teeth at risk — and it might not even be effective at whitening them.
Nigel Carter, B.D.S., CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, explained that before-and-after photos can be very deceiving. “Much of the time the celebrity has had professional tooth whitening and their white smiles are not a direct result of using the product,” he said in the statement.
However, cosmetic Dentist Gregg Lituchy told Harper’s Bazaar that the practice won’t exactly whiten teeth like an office-whitening treatment, but recommends it for surface stains like coffee, red wine, tobacco and dark-color foods. “It is difficult to actually whiten a tooth with any toothpaste, but those with charcoal do remove surface stains effectively,” he said.
That being said, you might want to talk to your dentist before trying to impress the “baddies” by brushing your teeth with black charcoal. Lituchy points out that very little study has been done on the abrasive effects it may have on teeth, so it may actually do more harm than good.
Sorry, Drake, but we’ll stick with regular toothpaste for the time being.
What Do YOU Think?
Have you ever brushed your teeth with activated charcoal? Do you think it is a valid teeth-whitening practice? Are you worried it could damage your teeth?