18 May 2018 Comments Off on DIY Teeth Whitening with Activated Charcoal

DIY Teeth Whitening with Activated Charcoal

Teeth Whitening with Activated Charcoal is one of the most popular DIY trends today. It is an effective way of whitening teeth without spending too much. Let’s break this down to see what makes this DIY treatment so popular these days. 

Just so you know, activated charcoal is totally different from the ones we use to grill our food. They undergo a process where coal is made and then “activated” at very high temperatures without oxygen. You can get them at your local natural health stores in powder or capsule form. It is advisable to buy the capsule form so you get to use the same amount each time you brush. 

Activated Charcoal – also known as activated carbon, is a highly absorbent substance. It is often taken in pill or capsule form to treat food poisoning as it collects the poison or any harmful toxins and binds them as it passes through the Gastro-Intestinal track before the body flushes it out as waste.  

How do you brush your teeth with activated charcoal? 

Just like brushing your teeth with ordinary toothpaste. Only this time, you’re pouring the activated charcoal powder on the wet bristles of your toothbrush instead of toothpaste. Use a separate toothbrush for charcoal and another one for toothpaste. Brush your teeth thoroughly for a minute or two before rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water. When you’re done brushing your teeth with charcoal, follow it up with toothpaste to thoroughly clean any remaining activated charcoal in your mouth.  

How does Activated Charcoal whiten teeth? 

When activated charcoal comes into contact with your teeth when you brush, it collects and binds with the surface stains, eventually restoring the whiteness of your teeth, and go with it when you spit it out and rinse your mouth clean with water. 

Is clean up a breeze? 

Nope. They can easily stain any surface that’s why it is necessary to put tissue paper under the toothbrush when pouring the powder. Also, when you spit out, make sure that water is running so there is no chance for the charcoal to stain your bathroom sink. Don’t use a cloth to wipe your face or clean up the surface as the stain from charcoal is difficult to remove. 

How long and often should I brush my teeth with activated charcoal?  

At least 2 or 3 times a week until you get your desired results. 

Is it safe? 

Generally, yes. Just make sure that you get to open up this topic with your dentist because if you have any dental restorations done, this may have a negative effect. It is probably for your own good to consult your dentist before doing any DIY procedure.