Activated Charcoal Toothpaste and its Effect on Oral Health

The use of activated charcoal toothpaste has become a trend in the current cosmetic industry. Activated charcoal toothpaste companies claim that it is a natural and effective solution for everyday whitening. However, does charcoal toothpaste actually whiten teeth? Is it safe?

Activated charcoal toothpaste is a porous, black toothpaste made from processed natural ingredients such as coconut shells or wood. Activated charcoal has been used to relieve poisoning because it can extract and trap toxins. Some believe that when activated charcoal is applied to teeth in the form of toothpaste, it will also trap or absorb the stains on the teeth.

According to a scientific review, little evidence supports that charcoal reduce toxins and prevent cavities or that it has whitening and other cosmetic benefits. Not enough studies show that activated charcoal toothpaste is safe and the review revealed that possible carcinogenic ingredients are present in charcoal toothpaste.

In addition, activated charcoal is extremely abrasive. The toothpaste can break down enamel, causing teeth to weaken and eventually lead to enamel erosion. If you use activated charcoal just because you want to whiten your teeth, you put your oral health at risk of dental cavities and tooth damage.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, speak to your dentist about your choices of safe and effective whitening procedures. If you have Invisalign aligners or braces, you can also talk to an orthodontist about wanting to have whiter teeth after your orthodontic treatment. Here at Windermere Orthodontics, we don’t just focus on orthodontic treatment, but we also care about our patient’s overall oral health too. We can help make suggestions for your needs.

If you have more questions about activated charcoal toothpaste, you can contact us at Windermere Orthodontics. Our orthodontic offices are located in Suwanee, Cumming, and Brookhaven. We look forward to hearing from you!


-Dr. Gorlovsky