Activated charcoal is used in products like supplements, soaps, shampoos, face masks, and even toothpastes. A black toothpaste may seem strange, but manufacturers claim that it can lead to brighter teeth.
Nothing brightens or whitens teeth like Activated Charcoal.
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is very similar to the regular charcoal you can fire up your barbeque with, however it is specifically used for medical applications. It’s created by heating up charcoal using a gas that creates large pores in the mineral which trap chemicals.
Activated charcoal is more traditionally used to treat intestinal gas, cholestasis during pregnancy, and lower cholesterol levels. It is odourless, tasteless, and can be purchased from health food stores and pharmacies in the form of tablets.
How to use Activated Charcoal while brushing your teeth:
- Place a small amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush and dip it in some Activated Charcoal.
- Next just add just a little bit of water and begin to brush like normal.
- Don’t be frightened by the black messy substance in your mouth, it will not stain your teeth or skin.
- Rinse well… then rinse again.
- Do warned that Activated Charcoal can stain clothing, so be careful.
- This process will result in clean and bright teeth is beneficial for the body not toxic.
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Charcoal teeth whitening DIY
If you’d like to try activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, you can purchase it as a powder or in capsules that you open. Mix with water to make a paste. You can also try sprinkling the charcoal onto your wet finger or toothbrush.
Keep in mind that this technique may be hard to finesse. Activated charcoal can also stain fabrics and countertops.
Activated charcoal may damage any fillings, crowns, or other dental work. If you’ve had damaged or broken teeth repaired, talk to your dentist before trying activated charcoal toothpaste or tablets.
Do not attempt to use activated charcoal to whiten your teeth if you have gum disease, or if your gums typically bleed when you brush your teeth normally.
Consult your dentist before trying any at-home whitening methods to be sure that the method is safe for your teeth.