Learn how to whiten your teeth using charcoal

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Photo credit: Anastasia Kazakova / Shutterstock.com

Have your teeth become stained from coffee, tea, wine or berries? Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.

Activated charcoal is different from the stuff in your barbecue. It has been oxidized which causes the charcoal surface to become porous. The porous nature is what attracts metals, chemicals, and toxins to the activated charcoal. Think of activated charcoal as an impurity magnet. Activated charcoal attracts toxins and helps remove them from our bodies but it also acts the same way with the stains on our teeth. It draws out things like tannins from tea and helps rid our teeth of the yellow stains. As an extra bonus, activated charcoal is also great for bad breath.

It works to whiten teeth by absorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.

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Photo credit: 1989studio / Shutterstock.com

Be careful, it can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Protect counters, floors and clothing before using

For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week.


Is it safe to use?

Yes! Activated charcoal is definitely safe to use. Since it works by adsorbing toxins you do not need to worry about toxins suddenly reabsorbing into your body. It draws toxins like a magnet and they leave with the activated charcoal. It also only absorbs the bad; it will not suck up any of the good minerals in your tooth enamel so your teeth will not be damaged. It’s also interesting to note that activated charcoal is what hospitals use for people who are dealing with an overdose or poisoning.

What does it taste like?

Nothing! Honestly, it tastes like nothing. It’s a little gritty but there is no flavor.

Is it messy?

Very! This stuff has the potential to get everywhere and since it’s black it can be very messy. So be careful and you really shouldn’t have any issues. However, you might want to have a designated toothbrush as the activated charcoal is hard to completely remove from the bristles or for a less messy option, purchase the charcoal toothpaste directly from an online retailer such as Kissed by a Bee Organics (www.kissedbyabee.com).

Note: If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, discontinue using it.

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