Saskatoon Dental Group is a locally owned, full-scale Saskatoon dental clinic offering general dentistry services. At Saskatoon Dental Group, we are dedicated to offering excellent care to our amazing patients who are like family to us. We are grateful to treat whole families in Saskatoon across multiple generations and have a multicultural team speaking multiple languages. In our latest Saskatoon dental tip, we talk about Charcoal Toothpaste. 

What is Charcoal Toothpaste?

Charcoal toothpaste is a type of toothpaste that contains activated charcoal, a form of carbon that’s treated so that its surface particles are porous. The resulting nooks and crannies perform like powerful magnets, drawing in and absorbing particles that are on your teeth.   When you rinse your mouth the charcoal is swept away with the particles. 


Pros of Charcoal Toothpaste

It has been revealed that activated charcoal helps to push up the pH level of the oral cavity primarily because it can bind with acidic components. It also results in the accelerated removal of acidic compounds from your mouth. Thus activated charcoal helps to remove plaque and results in relieving bad mouth odour, referred to as halitosis.

Cons of Charcoal Toothpaste

It has been determined it is too abrasive for daily use – The abrasive quality of charcoal, which is used for its ability to remove surface stains, also renders it unsuitable for everyday use. Using such toothpaste daily can wear down the enamel of the teeth. This exposes the underlying dentin, calcified yellow tissue, over time, causing the teeth to appear more yellow. It can also make the teeth more sensitive.

It usually doesn’t contain fluoride – Toothpaste that is recommended by the Saskatoon Dental Group contains fluoride, which is proven to strengthen and protect the all-important enamel of the teeth. Since enamel protects against decay and cavities, it is an important part of any dental care.

It may affect the appearance of dental restorations – Another potential issue is that it can cause stains on dental restorations. When put into contact with the materials that are commonly used to make things like white fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers, charcoal toothpaste can build up between them. This may result in ugly gray or black outlines around such restorations.

Chat with your dentist at Saskatoon Dental Group the next time you are in to see if your smile would be better with some restorative dental care. 

We encourage you to visit us once a year for a full checkup and examination. Oral health is closely tied to your overall health and wellness; we can often identify issues before they become problems.

We are always welcoming patients looking for a new dental family. If you would like to book a checkup or if you have any dental questions please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We hope we fully explained why you shouldn’t skip your dental check-ups!

See you soon!

The Saskatoon Dental Group Team


Picture of a Charcoal Toothpaste