Detoxify Your Mouth with Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal has been used as natural remedy to help absorb toxins from the body. Lately, social media posts have suggested that activated charcoal powder can be used as an alternative to toothpaste, similarly applied by a toothbrush. Even though there are many oral health benefits, we do not recommend brushing with activated charcoal alone as a dental care solution.

Finding, sourcing and purchasing organic ingredients, such as activated charcoal, from reputable sources can be very difficult. Each ingredient in the Dr. Brite toothpaste serves a purpose, unlike DIY toothpaste or alternative substances that that may not include all the necessary ingredients to effectively clean your teeth and gums.

Our organic toothpaste was professionally formulated by a surgeon and a dentist. Together the doctor-mom duo created a toothpaste for adults and kids that are free of harmful ingredients and other unnecessary chemicals and also contain organic and natural ingredients. Learn more about our organic ingredients and responsible sourcing.

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Benefits:

  • Eliminates bad breath
  • Balances pH in the mouth
  • Naturally whitens teeth

Suggested reading: Activated Charcoal: Holistic Whitener, Without Chemicals 


1. Can you put activated charcoal in your mouth?

You can consume activated charcoal without fear of harming your health or damaging your teeth if you use a fine charcoal toothpaste. There are, however, more effective and safer ways to improve the health and appearance of your teeth. In reality, almost all methods of at-home tooth whitening are not risk-free.

2. How long does it take for activated charcoal to remove toxins?

Activated charcoal works best within 30 to 60 minutes after ingesting a poison or drug. As the toxic molecules move through your digestive system, activated charcoal binds to them, and they exit your body together in your stool.

3. How do you use activated charcoal by mouth?

To treat poisoning, activated charcoal is dissolved in a liquid. It can be administered through a drink or a tube placed in the mouth and stomach. Gas can also be treated with activated charcoal tablets and capsules.

4. Does activated charcoal turn your tongue black?

Over the next few days, your tongue, lips, saliva, and everything you exhale will turn black. Thankfully, these antidotes work. They aren't pleasant, but they work. The pain subsides within a few minutes after taking the medication.

5. What does charcoal in your mouth do?

Charcoal is believed to remove stains and pigments from teeth due to its high absorption capacity. Charcoal is also said to rid the mouth of bacteria and toxins. There are toothpastes on the market that contain activated charcoal.

6. Is activated charcoal good for your gums?

Using charcoal to clean and whiten your teeth is an unproven method. At worst, it's aggressively wearing away surface enamel from your teeth and aggravating your gums. The surface enamel of your teeth is crucial for guarding against cavities, maintaining tooth whiteness, and promoting general oral health.

7. Can activated charcoal remove plaque?

Yes, it removes built-up plaque and gives you a fresh breath

Additionally, it causes the mouth's acidic substances to be removed more quickly. As a result, activated charcoal aids in the removal of plaque and reduces halitosis, or bad breath.

8. How often can you brush your teeth with activated charcoal?

You can use it three consecutive days, one per day. Try brushing once every day for five days straight if you have deep stains, once every three to four months. Use of activated charcoal as part of your daily brushing regimen or too frequently is not advised.

9. Can I leave charcoal on my teeth overnight?

Since charcoal toothpaste has no flavor or scent, it does no harm to the surface of the teeth. If you wish to, you can even leave it overnight.

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