When you think about whitening your teeth, activated charcoal tooth powder may not be the first thing that springs to your mind. Typically people turn to whitening strips and bleach to whiten their teeth, but activated charcoal teeth whitening is an excellent and effective alternative, plus it’s all natural and completely non-toxic.

There are many activated charcoal uses, one of the main ones being teeth whitening. There are also a plethora of activated charcoal products on the market these days, since more and more consumers are aware of its benefits. One such product is inVitamin’s All Natural Activated  Tooth & Gum Powder. While the market has recently exploded with great options for charcoal tooth powder, inVitamin has been offering it’s natural toothpaste alternative for over three years now.  
This is a product we have tried for about a month, and have indeed seen results. As a frequent coffee drinker, my teeth have seen whiter days. I was considering getting them professionally whitened, but decided against it due to the chemicals. While this activated charcoal tooth powder won’t give you the extreme whitening that chemical treatments would, it definitely does noticeable whiten teeth. That’s because activated charcoal (this product contains activated bamboo charcoal) as adsorbent, meaning it draws toxins and stains away from the teeth.

Features

inVItamin’s charcoal powder also contains bentonite clay, which is another natural ingredient that is known for its ability to draw out toxins, as well as its antibacterial properties. Its sweet taste comes from stevia leaf powder as opposed to sugar or artificial sweeteners, which is another plus for your teeth.

It also comes in four flavors including Spearmint (our favorite), Peppermint, Cinnamint and Citrus.  This variety in flavors is something we haven’t found with any of the other brands in the market.  Tip:  The Citrus is the best to try if you’re thinking of using with your kids!  The taste is pleasant and while it won’t wow you with aftertaste it isn’t offputting either…a good trade off compared to the artificial taste that lingers with other teeth whitening products.

One of the issues I do have with it is that it can be a little messy, but I think that this is a small price to pay for an all-natural, safe product that actually cleans teeth freshens breath and whitens. Plus, inVItamin also includes a small scoop, which helps with application and to keep things a bit more tidy.

Some people may be a little put off by the powdery sensation, and they may prefer an activated charcoal toothpaste, but that’s simply a matter of preference. I personally enjoy both. I find that spending a good five minutes brushing with the product is the best way to experience the full benefit. There is some debate as to how often activated charcoal should be used for teeth, as over time it can cause erosion, but I find 1-3 times a week is just fine for me.

Pros and Cons

There have been some health professionals and dentists who warn about the side effects of using activated charcoal.  Some claim they could cause cavity, erosion, and sensitivity. We recommend you get as much information as possible to make the best decision for you. However, when it comes to pros and cons, inVitamin and their all natural tooth and gum powder, it has more pros than cons.

Pros

  • All-natural ingredients, totally non-toxic formula featuring essential oils, stevia leaf powder, bamboo activated charcoal,and bentonite clay. 100% vegan.
  • Comes in four natural flavors; spearmint, peppermint, cinnamint and citrus. This is great because it offers flavor options for a variety of preferences.
  • Effective, natural removal of stains from coffee, tea, tobacco and wine.
  • Contains no: synthetic additives preservatives foaming agents fluoride artificial colors or flavors and no abrasive baking soda or salt.
  • Very affordable, especially compared to other products of this type on the market. Easy on the wallet while being superior in quality.
  • Cruelty-free formula, Leaping Bunny Certified
  • inVitamin has stood the test of time, delivering charcoal tooth powder since 2014.
  • Made and packaged in the USA

Cons

  • Can be messy, but clean-up is easy.
  • Some claim using activated charcoal too often can be abrasive on the teeth over time.

Summary

Activated charcoal is an effective natural alternative to commercial teeth whitening products. It has become so popular that more activated charcoal teeth whitening products are being offered in stores. However, not all of them are safe.

We have become really big fans of inVitamin and their all natural products.  We recently reviewed the inVitamin All Natural Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, and now having taken a look at the original tooth powder we think they have two great natural toothpaste alternatives. It is made of all-natural, vegan and organic ingredients such as orris root, myrrh gum, hibiscus petal and stevia leaf powders, as well as organic essential oils and extracts for flavor.

These ingredients are effective at balancing the pH leveles in the mouth, fighting bacteria and whiten teeth This product has four good tasting flavors, and even the kids get a kick out of using it and seeing that black charcoal going to work.

Just like any other activated charcoal teeth whitening products, the inVitamin charcoal tooth powder can be a little messy. Use the handy scoop that comes with your container and be sure to wipe the sink right away.

We found that inVitamin is priced below all of their competitors and this is not at the sacrifice of product quality or quantity.  For the budget conscious, this is definately a big plus.

With so many pros and limited cons, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re looking for a natural way to whiten your teeth, inVitamin’s Natural Activated Charcoal Tooth & Gum Powder is an excellent option.

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