Activated charcoal toothpaste: safe and effective?

Should you use a toothpaste containing activated charcoal to "detox" your teeth?

One of the most remarkable beauty ingredients in the past few years is activated charcoal. It can be found in a variety of popular cosmetics, including facial cleanser, mask, peeling gel... and especially, teeth whitening. Activated charcoal in cosmetics is capable of absorbing oil residues and dirt from the pores that our eyes cannot see. Thus, it helps to clean the face, pores and improve the brightness of the skin.

However, does toothpaste containing active charcoal truly whiten teeth safety and effectively?


Activated charcoal in beauty

Theoretically, activated charcoal is treated to have small voids to increase the surface area for adsorption or chemical reaction. These tiny voids, in the skin cleanser, act as a magnet, absorbing and removing other particles such as dirt, sebum, environmental pollutants... on the skin.


Toothpaste containing activated charcoal

Therefore, many people believe that, when activated charcoal is exposed to the surface of teeth, it will have the same effect: absorbing plaque on the surface of the teeth, thus cleaning and whitening teeth. In fact, it is difficult to whiten teeth with toothpaste, but active charcoal is capable of clearing the plaque, thereby whitening the teeth. For example, yellow stains from cigarettes and plaque from food and drinks (such as tea, coffee, soft drinks…) can fade with activated charcoal. Teeth whitening with activated charcoal is considered benign and cheap. In addition, activated charcoal also helps improve breath.

However, since most whitening (bleach) substances have corrosive properties, using too much teeth whitening will erode the enamel, causing the gums to irritate... In the long run, it will cause tooth decay and severe dental problems.


In addition, there are currently no major scientific studies that confirm the long-term effects of toothpaste products containing activated charcoal in dental health. Therefore, the advice of experts, dentists for you is to be careful and use a reasonable amount and dosage, just to ensure both safety and beauty effects.

All you need to do is wet your toothbrush and dip it in the activated charcoal powder or get a small amount of activated charcoal toothpaste. Brush your teeth as usual, paying particular attention to stained areas. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.


You should maintain brushing your teeth with activated charcoal no more than 2-3 times per week. However, do not abuse bleach (whitening) substances in toothpaste products. If your gums are irritated, turning red or your teeth are irritated, stop using.

Here are some recommended activated charcoal toothpaste, powder that you can refer try:

  • Colgate Total Charcoal Deep Clean
  • Schmidt’s Activated Charcoal Tooth + Mouth Paste
  • Lush Boom! Toothy Tabs
  • Active Wow Activated Charcoal Powder
  • Hello Activated Charcoal toothpaste
  • Sister & Co. Skin Food Raw Coconut and Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Polish
  • Terra & Co. Brilliant Black Toothpaste
  • Cali White Activated Charcoal & Coconut Oil Toothpaste
  • Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Natural Teeth Whitener For Sensitive Teeth
  • Curaprox Black is White Toothpaste


By: Vivian Cooper

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