The Good And Bad Of Charcoal Toothpaste

Recently, activated charcoal has made many appearances in our daily routines. 

Face washes, supplements, and tubes of toothpaste are now regularly being made from charcoal.

Due to charcoal being able to help detoxify dirt, oil, and even chemicals, charcoal has become increasingly popular in the beauty and supplement industry.

A common question surrounding charcoal toothpaste is if it will actually work to remove stains from our teeth and clean our mouths more than a regular toothpaste can.

With charcoal toothpaste being relatively new, there isn't much science backing the idea of it being great for teeth.

Some dentists believe that using charcoal regularly in your oral care routine can cause your enamel to wear down faster than normal, as charcoal is abrasive.

Wearing the enamel down on your teeth can cause serious damage to occur, stains to set in, and weaken teeth over time.

Charcoal also does not work as well as professional whitening services. 

Activated charcoal toothpaste can help to remove or reduce surface stains on your teeth. These stains may be caused by wine, coffee, tobacco products, or tea. While the charcoal toothpaste will help to remove these stains, deep-set stains won't be affected by the charcoal as it's not able to penetrate the enamel to whiten the inner tooth.

For this reason, even if you remove the surface stains, your teeth may not look as white as they could with a professional whitening service.

While there are some negatives to charcoal toothpaste, there are also some positives.

If you're unable to have professional whitening done:

  • Charcoal toothpaste can help to remove surface stains which may make your teeth look whiter temporarily. 
  • Charcoal toothpaste can be used in between whitening sessions to help keep your teeth free of surface stains that occur. 
  • Charcoal toothpaste can be used as an add-on to your dental care routine when you feel like your teeth need a bit of a refresher. 


If you're considering using a charcoal toothpaste, the first step is consulting your dentist. 

Some dentists believe that charcoal can be used safely to help reduce surface stains, while others are against it due to the abrasiveness that can wear down enamel.

Your dentist is best suited to tell you if your teeth can handle charcoal without damage.

If you frequently consume food and drinks that stain your teeth, such as wine; charcoal toothpaste can be added to your dental care routine sparingly.

You'll still want to use regular toothpaste as it provides you with the fluoride that your teeth need to remain strong and in good shape.

If you do brush with a charcoal toothpaste, make sure that you're using light pressure to avoid putting too much pressure on your teeth causing your enamel to wear down quicker.

Charcoal toothpaste may be exactly what you're looking for, or it may be something that will not work for you.

Visiting your dentist and asking is the best way to know if it will work for you or not. 

The last thing anyone wants is to damage their teeth during the process of them trying to whiten them and make them look better.

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