There seems to be a bit of a craze at the moment for charcoal toothpaste.
Using a black paste that is meant to make your teeth white sounds funny doesn’t it? And it does look a bit weird when you have grey froth coming out of your mouth when you brush your teeth.
However, activated charcoal is meant to be naturally whitening and the other ingredients in charcoal toothpaste can be great for gum health.
With many companies jumping on the charcoal bandwagon it might be hard to choose between them all! Let’s take a look at some of the best charcoal toothpastes in the UK.
1. Pro Teeth Whitening Co Activated Charcoal Natural Teeth Whitening Powder
This activated charcoal tooth powder from Pro Teeth Whitening Co is made from 100% natural ingredients and features no hidden nasties, like synthetic colours, preservatives or foaming agents.
The activated charcoal used is of a high purity and other quality ingredients include calcium, sodium and ginger root, all of which have some great benefits for your mouth health.
Charcoal is used to whiten the teeth and help to keep plaque at bay – pure charcoal can absorb toxins, so helps to keep your mouth cleaner for longer.
This tooth powder comes in peppermint, strawberry or spearmint flavours, so there’s something for everyone!
- 100% natural ingredients
- Peppermint flavour (other flavours available)
- No synthetic additives
- Veggie and vegan friendly
- Full refund offered if not satisfied
- Manufactured in the UK (& US)
- Relatively expensive
- Powder form is more awkward to use than a paste
- May not be suited to every mouth
- Could increase tooth sensitivity in some people
2. PROCOAL Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
PROCOAL London is another charcoal-based tooth whitening powder with 100% natural ingredients and no added clays, soda ash or salt.
This tooth powder promises to remove stubborn stains and discolouration from teeth using the power of activated charcoal.
Each tub is said to last up to 5/6 months, so the value for money is really great, especially if you live on your own and don’t need to share your toothpaste with anyone.
The fine powder consistency means that more nasty substances can be absorbed, to leave you with a fresh, healthy smile.
- 100% natural ingredients
- Premium grade charcoal
- Vegetarian and vegan friendly
- Good value
- Manufactured in the UK
- Pretty expensive when not on sale
- Powder form can be messy to use
- May not be suited to everyone
- Time consuming to use – lots of rinsing needed to remove black dots
3. COALMAX Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder
This COALMAX whitening powder uses coconut based activated charcoal to reduce staining on teeth without the use of chemicals or other possibly toxic ingredients.
If you tend to drink a lot of coffee or wine, or if you smoke, this could be a good choice of additional tooth care for you.
This powder is also meant to help whiten your teeth using charcoals natural whitening abilities, rather than using chemical filled whitening strips or gels.
The 600 ml jar should last you 4-6 months if you use it intermittently with regular toothpaste – it is recommended you use this product at least 3 times a week.
- 100% pure natural ingredients
- Responsibly sourced
- No filler ingredients
- Vegetarian and vegan friendly
- Relatively cheap in comparison to other brands
- Made in the UK
- Tooth powders are messy to use
- Can be time-consuming to use
- May not suit everyone’s teeth
- Could irritate sensitive gums
4. Ecodrop Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
If you’re not keen on the mess that comes with using activated charcoal powder, you might want to try out this Ecodrop charcoal toothpaste.
Made from organic bamboo charcoal, this toothpaste is meant to whiten your teeth, reduce stains and also keep your enamel strong and healthy.
Unlike the powdered products, this tooth care product has a mint flavouring to keep your breath extra fresh.
This would be a good transition from normal toothpaste to a more natural charcoal product as there is no different in application.
Ecodrop Bamboo Charcoal toothpaste is safe to use on sensitive teeth and gums and should help to keep mouths as healthy as possible.
- Safe for enamel and sensitive gums
- Made from organic bamboo charcoal
- Minty flavour
- No powdery mess
- Easy application
- Quite pricey for a single tube
- Contains SLS (many like to avoid this ingredient)
- Effects might not be long lasting
- Whitening effects could be limited
5. Georganics Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
Georganics charcoal toothpaste comes in a jar, just like the powders on this list, but it is actually in a paste form.
Made from responsibly sourced coconut oil and coconut charcoal, this 100% natural formula is flavoured with organic peppermint oil, so tastes just like regular toothpaste.
This toothpaste is suited to all ages as it has a natural sensitive formula with calcium, potassium, magnesium and natural organic silica – perfect for keeping your pearly whites in peak condition.
It also comes with a neat little wooden spatula to help make applying it to your brush as easy as possible.
Georganics pride themselves in packaging their products with zero plastic, to have the least impact on the environment.
- 100% natural formula
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Handmade in the UK
- 100% plastic-free packaging
- Mint flavouring
- Relatively expensive
- Texture may not be what you’re used to – thicker and grainier than normal toothpaste
- Taste may not suit all
- May not yield the same results for everyone
Charcoal Toothpaste FAQs
Does charcoal toothpaste work?
The results of charcoal toothpaste can vary from person to person and depends upon the level of staining a person’s teeth have.
As a means of cleaning your teeth, charcoal does have absorbent properties which should remove chemicals/bacteria from the mouth (it has been used for many years to help treat people who have been poisoned).
But many charcoal tooth products do not contain any fluoride, which is a recommended toothpaste ingredient to fight cavities and decay.
If you are looking to whiten your teeth naturally and have heard that charcoal is a good choice, then it is well worth trialling. Some people do see an improvement in their smile, but for others, there is no change.
There is still no hard and fast evidence to prove the whitening effects of charcoal and whether prolonged use is good for your teeth or mouth health.
Just be aware that charcoal can be mildly abrasive and could rough up weaker enamel, making teeth less shiny and less able to stave off stains.
Should you use charcoal toothpaste every day?
Almost all charcoal toothpaste manufacturers recommend to use charcoal toothpaste twice a day, just like you would your normal toothpaste. It is also suggested that you consult your dentist before using a new product if you are unsure.
Can you use charcoal toothpaste with braces?
Charcoal toothpaste should be fine to use with braces, though you may want to consider using a soft bristled brush to reduce abrasion.
Do you use charcoal powder before or after toothpaste?
Charcoal powder can actually be used with toothpaste if you like – it can make it easier to apply the powder. If you are using it separately, apply the powder before you brush your teeth. Brushing your teeth afterwards with regular toothpaste helps to clean away any residual charcoal powder.
Do you use charcoal powder instead of toothpaste?
Charcoal powder should be used alongside toothpaste and the frequency at which you use it should be dictated by how stained your teeth are. Three or five times in a row should suffice and then wait a few weeks before using it again.
Some people have replaced their toothpaste with charcoal powder and tablets. However, this is not a good idea.
Activated charcoal powder isn’t the best dental product to use – the charcoal can absorb the things that are good for your health as well as any nasty bacteria and chemicals.
It can also be quite abrasive to your tooth surface, meaning your smooth, shiny smile could get a little dull and rough. The black pigment of charcoal can end up staining your tongue over time too.
Can charcoal toothpaste cause cancer?
You may have heard that eating foods which have been charred could be carcinogenic. This is due to the charcoal that has AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products), which are reactive compounds which can interfere with healthy cell function.
Charcoal toothpaste is not being directly ingested, so should not pose too big a problem, however there is no real definitive evidence to prove whether charcoal products, such as toothpaste, could cause cancer.
Is charcoal toothpaste safe?
Charcoal toothpaste can be safe to use for most people. Different brands of charcoal-based toothpaste differ from tube to tube.
Some will still have fluoride in their ingredients, which is shunned by some but is generally recommended by dental experts for peak mouth health.
Brands that contain no fluoride might not be having the same cleaning effects, therefore not protecting against cavities or infection.
The safest way to use charcoal toothpaste may be to use it intermittently with another normal paste.