Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance due to its high volume of pores. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal.
There is a difference between activated charcoal and the charcoal you use on your barbecue or backyard grill. Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been ‘activated’ to increase its absorptive properties. Activated charcoal absorbs chemicals and toxins from the body and is a great holistic alternative to various health and beauty products (read about using activated charcoal as a face mask here).
Typically, activated charcoal has been used as a poison remedy. It reduces the effects of food poisoning due to its powerful absorption ability.
The way activated charcoal works is that chemicals and toxins adhere to the activated charcoal, which then pass through the body and is expelled by the digestive system. Activated charcoal is not absorbed by the body.
Now onto using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth...
Using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth is a holistic and safe alternative to the harmful effects that peroxide whitening can have on your teeth such as sensitivity and removing enamel.
Activated charcoal is 100% natural and safely whitens and polishes your teeth, strengthening enamel, detoxifying your mouth and keeping your breath fresh without any risks of harmful chemicals.
Activated charcoal is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It also balances the PH levels and health of the mouth.
The thought of putting something black on your teeth to make them whiter seems strange but trust us, it works. It won’t stain your teeth, don’t worry.
Where can you buy activated charcoal?
Most pharmacies or drug stores sell activated charcoal capsules, simply twist a capsule open and empty the activated charcoal powder onto your toothbrush.
Tip: activated charcoal powder is messy and you will need to be careful when using it in your bathroom. Make sure you lay down an old hand towel on the counter before you begin to use the charcoal, this way it won’t stain your counter tops.
Here is a step by step guide to whitening your teeth with activated charcoal:
Step 1: Make sure you place an old towel or something you don’t mind being stained on your bathroom counter to prevent the charcoal from staining your counter tops.
Step 2: Wet your toothbrush so the activated charcoal has something to stick to
Step 3: If you are using activated charcoal capsules, you will need to carefully twist one of the caps until each side separates, then pour each side of the cap onto your wet toothbrush bristles
Step 4: Brush the activated charcoal around your teeth and mouth as you would usually brush your teeth, specifically focusing on the areas you want to whiten the most
Step 5: If you want faster results leave the activated charcoal sitting on your teeth for 2-3 minutes after you have brushed the charcoal around your mouth
Step 6: Rinse your mouth thoroughly
Step 7: Brush your teeth as you regularly would with toothpaste and use floss to get any remaining bits of activated charcoal that may be stuck between your teeth
Your teeth will feel extremely clean and smooth.
Our bamboo toothbrush bristles are infused with activated charcoal so every time you brush your teeth you are reaping the benefits of activated charcoal - without the mess!
We recommend checking with your own doctor or dentist before using this or any substance internally or orally.
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