Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work for Whitening Teeth

Nowadays, one of the main ingredients of toothpaste is Charcoal along with other flavors like mints, cumin, tulsi, etc. Many of them also contain fluoride and some don’t. The market is flooded, nowadays, with cosmetic products containing charcoal due to its properties like removing toxins and absorbing. Here, we are not talking about the one you see in, artistic toolbox or used to burn under the grill. It is the Activated Charcoal that is being used in charcoal toothpaste, nowadays. To begin with, a question that comes to mind is what is activated charcoal? In answer to that question, according to the International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology (IJET), activated charcoal is made from heating the mixture of bone charcoal, coconut shell, peat, coke petroleum, coal, olive hole, bamboo, or sawdust on a very high temperature. Heat makes this mixture very porous, absorbing, and also alters structure. Not a single quality is found in regular charcoal. In this article, we are going to cover does Charcoal toothpaste works.

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Work

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There are some extrinsic stains that can be removed using charcoal toothpaste by exploiting the abrasive and absorbing properties. Although, there is zero scientific proof that charcoal can remove intrinsic teeth stains that, generally, are below your enamel. Toothpaste must clean extrinsic as well as intrinsic to whiten the teeth. Activated charcoal has many known benefits for cleaning and removing toxins, yet waiting to be proved, scientifically. Furthermore, various researches are needed on determining the long-term effects of using charcoal toothpaste. Additionally, many dentists recommend not to use it due to its unproven benefits and lack of scientific research.


So far only a few of the many benefits of Charcoal Toothpaste have been known,

  1. Charcoal removes or diminishes any stain on enamel.
  2. It helps in removing bad breath in the morning.
  3. Using it occasionally after professional cleaning may help prevent staining.


  1. Too abrasive nature of charcoal toothpaste is a concerning matter in the case of the tooth, as abrasion causes disintegration of enamel. Daily use of charcoal toothpaste may cause tooth damage.
  2. Most of the charcoal toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride ions, which is remedial in cavities and decaying of teeth.
  3. On using charcoal toothpaste, particles of Charcoal may pile up in the cracks of enamel, which seemed to be, another stain.
  4. Till now no research has been conducted, to study the effects of charcoal on dental crowns, bridges, white fillings, etc.


  1. Humans need to be very careful as charcoal toothpaste does more harm in comparison to its benefits. So, humans may choose a safer one, from various methods and techniques. Whitening your teeth and removing stains are two different things. Also, whitening your teeth could be detrimental to your teeth, as the risk of wear and tear increases along with oversensitivity and gum irritation.
  2. For whitening your teeth, Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescribed medication is, much safer option than charcoal toothpaste because they contain peroxide and/or blue covering. You can also use whitening strips. Apple Cider Vinegar also works well, as a home remedy for whitening teeth.
  3. The best option is that, Maintain good oral hygiene to avoid all the problems.

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