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Charcoal Toothpaste: A Dentist’s Perspective

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Charcoal Toothpaste: A Dentist’s Perspective

Trends on the in the wellness industry have lately advocated for the use of activated charcoal toothpaste. You have probably seen many advertisements on Instagram about activated charcoal being used for face masks, body scrubs, energy drinks, and shampoos. Now, activated charcoal is being used in dental products, specifically whitening toothpaste, and toothbrushes. In this article, Vita Dental Spring explains the use of charcoal in toothpaste, and why you should consider trying it.

What is Activated Charcoal?

This is a form of carbon that’s treated to make the surface particles porous. The porous particles act like magnets for other particles that are absorbed and carries away when washed off. This is the basis for the internet craze going on about charcoal toothpaste.

Charcoal powder is made from coconut shells, sawdust, bone char, and olive pits that are finely milled. The charcoal is processed in high heat which “activates” it. The high heat changes the structure, making it porous. This process also ensures that substances that are harmful to the human body are eliminated.

Once activated, charcoal has a negative electrical charge, which means that it attracts positively charged molecules. Toxins and gases have a positive charge, which means that they are absorbed by charcoal. The best part is, after absorbing toxins, activated charcoal cannot be absorbed by the body. This means that all toxins will be carried out of the body.

However, Vita Dental Spring insists that charcoal toothpaste has not been given a thumbs up by the American Dental Association. The Journal of the American Dental Association published an article in which it was concluded that there is insufficient evidence and clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal. For this reason, Vita Dental Spring advises you to be cautious when using charcoal toothpaste.

What are The Benefits of Using Activated Charcoal in Toothpaste?

It is an all-natural way of whitening the teeth

Remineralizes teeth

Prevents cavities

Improve bad breath

Balances the oral microbiome

History of Activated Charcoal Use

Documentation of charcoal for use in the medical use dates back to the 1700s. After years of research, charcoal was further purified and activated for improved benefits. Unfortunately, charcoal was mainly associated with poisoning management, with further uses only being emphasized lately. In case you are questioning the use of charcoal toothpaste, here are a few factors you should first consider.

Charcoal Toothpaste is Useful in Stain Removal

Charcoal toothpaste is a fantastic way to remove extrinsic stains caused by foods like berries, and beverages like wine and coffee. Stain removal ensures that you retain the natural color of your teeth.

Charcoal Toothpaste Removes Acidic Plaque and Gives You Fresh Breath

Brushing with this toothpaste eliminates bad breath by raising the pH of the mouth. The charcoal particles bind to acidic elements and increase their rate of excretion from your body. This will help you reduce the buildup of acidic plaque that detrimental to your teeth.

Charcoal Toothpaste Improves both Oral and General Health

Proper use of charcoal toothpaste provides a balance of microbiome and prevents damage by ensuring that your mouth’s immune system is operating at top levels.

What Are the Disadvantages of Using Activated Charcoal?

Abrasion of the Teeth

Despite the advantages, charcoal is rough and is abrasive. This is dangerous because continues usage could cause the erosion of the enamel and give way for bacteria to cause cavities. A thinner enamel also contributes to a discolored smile, since the dentine becomes exposed.

What Are the Alternatives?

A Seal of Acceptance is important, and if the ADA has not approved charcoal toothpaste, then Vita Dental Spring advises you to avoid it. There are several tooth whitening options on the market that you can easily get done by the dentist, or over the counter.

First, it is important to remember that charcoal toothpaste, only removes stains, but does not whiten your teeth. Stain removal is only extrinsic, which means that only the natural color of your teeth is retained. If you want to have, your teeth whitened further, consider visiting Vita Dental Spring for a teeth whitening appointment.

While marketers on the internet insist that you can substitute peroxide-based whiteners with charcoal; remember that charcoal only eliminates surface stains. The only way to whiten your teeth intrinsically is by either visiting the dentist or using a whitening tray that can be purchased over the counter. It is also important to remember that you cannot substitute your usual toothpaste with charcoal toothpaste. Your usual ADA approved toothpaste provides fluoride that is essential for the health of your teeth.


If you plan to use charcoal toothpaste, Vita Dental Spring advises you to consider using one that is finely grained to prevent the erosion of the enamel. Also, do not substitute your fluoride toothpaste with charcoal toothpaste. Instead, use your charcoal toothpaste a few times during the week. For more information and advice on charcoal toothpaste, make an appointment with Vita Dental Spring today.