Charcoal toothpaste seems to be the latest thing that everyone is using to whiten their teeth but it’s been around for a while. In fact, charcoal has been used for medical reasons for hundreds of years. But does it actually work? Will using a charcoal toothpaste whiten my teeth?

In this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know if you are considering using an activated charcoal toothpaste. Firstly, we are going to tell you the best charcoal product on the market at the moment for whitening your teeth. Please do read other parts of this article because there are some important things that we think you should know before using these toothpastes.

Which is the best charcoal toothpaste?

Quick Answer: The best activated charcoal product for whitening your teeth is this Activated Charcoal Powder by the Pro Teeth Whitening Company. There’s a link to buy this product here but please do read a bit more of this article before buying so that you are fully informed.

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Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
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Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
  • HIGH PURITY & HIGH POTENCY - High Purity Activated Charcoal with Calcium, Ginger Root & Sodium for added benefits to teeth and gums. The revolutionary ingredients in the activated charcoal whitening powder latches onto stubborn stains and allows the charcoal to remove unwanted markings and stains from teeth.
  • ALL NEW FORMULA - natural activated charcoal powder for whiter teeth by Pro Teeth Whitening Co.
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE - Pro Teeth Whitening is a well established UK brand trusted by customers all over the World. Everything we manufacture is made in the UK & USA using the highest purity ingredients and safeguarded by the highest manufacturing standards in the world (GMP & BCR).
  • NO SYNTHETIC ADDITIVES, colours, preservatives, foaming agents, artificial flavours, fluoride etc.
  • ALL NATURAL & Made entirely in the United Kingdom

Why charcoal?

(This is the sciency bit but we will keep it short.)

Charcoal is still used in medicine for treatment of drug overdose. The type of charcoal used is called activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon) and it works by grabbing and absorbing the drug, stopping it from being absorbed into the body. Activated charcoal has a larger surface area than normal charcoal which means that it is better for absorbing things you want to remove.

This is part of the reason that it has been added into toothpastes. The logic is that the charcoal will absorb molecules from teeth, acting to whiten them.

How does activated charcoal toothpaste work?

In actual fact, activated charcoal in toothpaste is unlikely to work in the same way that it does in medicine. We do not believe that charcoal toothpaste will work by absorbing molecules from the inside of teeth.

Charcoal toothpaste works in exactly the same way as any other whitening toothpaste. It works by being abrasive. The charcoal particles are rubbed against the teeth during brushing. This acts to polish the teeth and remove surface stain.

Activated charcoal is unlikely to change the natural colour of your teeth like professional whitening with a dentist. Instead, it removes stain that has built up on your teeth to brighten up the appearance of your smile.

The truth about charcoal toothpaste

Is charcoal toothpaste safe?

This depends on the product and the company. It also depends on whether the company who make it have bothered to do thorough testing on what they have made.

There are a few people popping up and flogging charcoal toothpaste because they want to cash in while it’s the latest trend. If it’s an unknown company, they may not have properly tested their product and it may do you more harm than good. The risk with charcoal toothpaste is how abrasive it is. If it’s really abrasive with big charcoal particles, it may damage the enamel. It may look like your teeth are getting whiter but you may be slowly removing the enamel from your teeth.

At the moment, there is no scientific research on the benefits and negative effects of charcoal toothpaste. That’s why you have to be really careful to buy from a company that you can trust.

Best activated charcoal toothpaste for whitening teeth

That’s why we recommend the Activated Charcoal Powder made by the Pro Whitening Company. They have put their products through rigorous tests to make sure that it is safe to use.

We believe that this is a great product. This is currently our recommended product amongst all whitening toothpastes, not just charcoal. It’s safe, effective and good value.

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Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
4,123 Reviews
Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
  • HIGH PURITY & HIGH POTENCY - High Purity Activated Charcoal with Calcium, Ginger Root & Sodium for added benefits to teeth and gums. The revolutionary ingredients in the activated charcoal whitening powder latches onto stubborn stains and allows the charcoal to remove unwanted markings and stains from teeth.
  • ALL NEW FORMULA - natural activated charcoal powder for whiter teeth by Pro Teeth Whitening Co.
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE - Pro Teeth Whitening is a well established UK brand trusted by customers all over the World. Everything we manufacture is made in the UK & USA using the highest purity ingredients and safeguarded by the highest manufacturing standards in the world (GMP & BCR).
  • NO SYNTHETIC ADDITIVES, colours, preservatives, foaming agents, artificial flavours, fluoride etc.
  • ALL NATURAL & Made entirely in the United Kingdom

Will charcoal toothpaste protect my teeth and gums against decay and disease?

No. Most of these activated charcoal toothpastes and powders will not protect against tooth decay and gum disease. The main reason for this is that they do not contain fluoride. Fluoride is the key ingredient in toothpaste that adds itself to your teeth, strengthening them and protecting against decay. When there’s no fluoride, there’s no protection.

What does this mean for the health of your teeth? Well, it means that we would not recommend only using charcoal toothpaste. They can be brilliant for gently whitening your teeth but they don’t protect against disease.

How to protect your teeth while using activated charcoal toothpaste

There are a couple of ways that you can do this. The first way to do this is to only use charcoal toothpaste for 3 or 4 weeks at a time. Then go back to a normal toothpaste for a few weeks so that you get the benefit of the fluoride in your normal toothpaste.

The other way you could approach this is to use both a charcoal toothpaste and then a fluoride toothpaste straight afterwards. Brush with the charcoal. Spit and then rinse your mouth. Then brush with a fluoride toothpaste, spit out the fluoride toothpaste but do not rinse with water. This leaves a little bit of the fluoride in your mouth which keeps on protecting against tooth decay.

If you really don’t want to brush again after you have used an activated charcoal toothpaste or powder, make sure that your teeth get some fluoride exposure by using a fluoride mouthwash.

Summary

Activated charcoal toothpaste works by removing surface stain from your teeth. It’s abrasive so make sure that you’re buying a tried and tested product such as the activated charcoal powder that we described above. Remember that these products do not contain fluoride so they do not protect against cavities.

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Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
4,123 Reviews
Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
  • HIGH PURITY & HIGH POTENCY - High Purity Activated Charcoal with Calcium, Ginger Root & Sodium for added benefits to teeth and gums. The revolutionary ingredients in the activated charcoal whitening powder latches onto stubborn stains and allows the charcoal to remove unwanted markings and stains from teeth.
  • ALL NEW FORMULA - natural activated charcoal powder for whiter teeth by Pro Teeth Whitening Co.
  • BUY WITH CONFIDENCE - Pro Teeth Whitening is a well established UK brand trusted by customers all over the World. Everything we manufacture is made in the UK & USA using the highest purity ingredients and safeguarded by the highest manufacturing standards in the world (GMP & BCR).
  • NO SYNTHETIC ADDITIVES, colours, preservatives, foaming agents, artificial flavours, fluoride etc.
  • ALL NATURAL & Made entirely in the United Kingdom

Whitening toothpaste

The product above is our current recommended whitening toothpaste. There’s a summary table below of the best whitening toothpastes currently available on the market. If you’re keen to know more about whitening toothpaste, read our article.

Recommended
Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder Peppermint Flavour by Pro Teeth Whitening Co |...
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste Fluoride Cool Mint 133 g (4.7 oz)
CREST 3D WHITE LUXE GLAMOROUS WHITE TOOTHPASTE 3 PACK REMOVES 90% OF SURFACE STAINS
Arm & Hammer Arm & Hammer Advance White Fluoride Toothpaste Baking Soda And Peroxide, Baking Soda...
Toothpaste
Activated Charcoal by Pro Tooth Whitening Co.
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
Crest 3D White Glamorous White Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening
Best for...
Whitening
Cavity protection
Cavity protection
Nothing
Price
from £11.99
£10.81
£20.14
£7.97
Rating
-
Recommended
Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder Peppermint Flavour by Pro Teeth Whitening Co |...
Toothpaste
Activated Charcoal by Pro Tooth Whitening Co.
Best for...
Whitening
Price
from £11.99
Rating
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste Fluoride Cool Mint 133 g (4.7 oz)
Toothpaste
Opalescence Whitening Toothpaste with Fluoride
Best for...
Cavity protection
Price
£10.81
Rating
CREST 3D WHITE LUXE GLAMOROUS WHITE TOOTHPASTE 3 PACK REMOVES 90% OF SURFACE STAINS
Toothpaste
Crest 3D White Glamorous White Toothpaste
Best for...
Cavity protection
Price
£20.14
Rating
Arm & Hammer Arm & Hammer Advance White Fluoride Toothpaste Baking Soda And Peroxide, Baking Soda...
Toothpaste
Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening
Best for...
Nothing
Price
£7.97
Rating
-
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Don't bother

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