Is charcoal toothpaste bad or good for your teeth?

Updated: May 23

Charcoal is taking over. Present in your toothpaste, face wash, and also in volcanoes?



Charcoal toothpaste and brush
Charcoal toothpaste and brush

Charcoal has been trending all over social media lately! Are you wondering what it has over your regular run of the mill toothpaste?


Our philosophy is that we encourage you to use whatever toothpaste you want as long as it encourages you to brush more. It is as simple as that. If you have a toothpaste but you're not very inclined to brush with it, you may want to switch out to something that is up your alley.


With that being said, we do not believe that there is any advantages to using charcoal unless you simply like the color of it.


For disadvantages, we have seen some reports of it turning some spots of your gum purple but it hasn't been completely verified by studies yet.


Nonetheless, it appears that there are charcoal toothpaste variations where some do have fluoride and some do not have fluoride. We advocate for fluoridated toothpaste because it works.


If you do not wish to use a fluoridated toothpaste, we do encourage you to be more on top of your oral hygiene. Its not the end of the world to use a non-fluoridated one but you just have to be more careful.


Fluoride can reverse small cavities, namely the ones that are still purely in the enamel. That's a fact.


But yes, in conclusion charcoal toothpaste is neither good nor bad for you. We are pretty neutral to it. It is indeed a fun invention but it is by no means earth shattering like when the first smartphone hit the market. The last major at home innovation oral hygiene product is still the electric toothbrush. If you haven't switched from your manual to one yet, you should!


If you really want to be avant garde, you should try brushing with no toothpaste!


All of our dentists in long island city certainly use one and so should you! If you need more convincing about electric toothbrushes... look at what Tesla has done!


Last but not least, you should check out an even newer toothpaste that has hit the market and that is the hydroxyapatite toothpaste. Do you think that works?

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!