Brushing teeth with charcoal might be the weirdest thing you have heard of. You might think that the charcoal you use for barbecue grills can be used for your teeth. That’s not quite true.
Charcoal has become a popular alternative to expensive commercial teeth whitening products. However, it is not the same charcoal that you find in backyard grills. It is a charcoal that is “activated” by high temperatures to expand its surface area. It is called activated charcoal or activated carbon.
Activated charcoal is commonly used as medication to treat suspected cases of poisoning and overdose. It binds toxins and drugs and gets rid of them. It can be effective in treating acute poisoning, but in most cases, it is not effective in treating poisoning from lithium, cyanide, iron tablets, and alcohol.
Activated charcoal is becoming popular for one very essential purpose: teeth whitening. There are hundreds of commercial teeth whitening products, but activated charcoal is more effective and more affordable.
Brushing teeth with charcoal – How does activated charcoal work?
The most effective known property of activate charcoal is its absorptive property. It binds to the stains in the teeth by seeping through the enamel and dentin. Leave it on the teeth for three minutes to give it enough time to do its work.
It can also pull out bacteria and toxins from the mouth. This makes the teeth and mouth free from bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque, and cavities.
Brushing teeth with charcoal – How to do it?
Brushing teeth with charcoal is simple. Brushing teeth with it could be weird, but it really works. You only need one capsule of activated charcoal, one old toothbrush (you might want to have a separate toothbrush for this because activated charcoal can stain the bristles), and a little water.
Wet your toothbrush. To avoid mess, place a napkin or paper towel below the toothbrush while emptying a capsule of activated charcoal on it. Gently brush your teeth with the activated charcoal. It can be a little powdery and gritty and will gradually spread in your mouth.
Activate charcoal is usually odorless and has almost no taste. You can also add a little toothpaste to your toothbrush to add flavor or minty feeling. Brush for three to five minutes. Rather than spitting to the sink, spit into a cup to easily clean it after.
Then, rinse your mouth with water. Your tongue will be all black, too, so make sure that you check it and clean charcoal from it.
You can notice results in one week. It can be faster if you brush once a day for three consecutive days. To remove deeply stained teeth, brushing teeth with charcoal for five days on a row will be more effective. Then, stop doing it for few months.
Brushing teeth with charcoal is an ideal seasonal routine. Doing it regularly can harm the teeth. It can cause erosion, plaque, or tooth sensitivity when done excessively.
DIY activate charcoal toothpaste
There are many activate charcoal teeth whitening products that are readily available in drugstores and supermarkets,but did you know that you can make your own charcoal toothpaste?
You need one teaspoon of activated charcoal, a quarter cup of aluminum-free baking soda, one teaspoon of Himalayan salt, one teaspoon of coconut oil, and five to six drops of peppermint essential oil.
Mix the baking soda, sea salt, and charcoal together. Combine these dry ingredients well. Melt the coconut oil and pour it in the mixture. Mix everything until it becomes a paste. Then, add fiveto six drops of peppermint essential oil. Add more drops if you want it more minty. Make sure that the oil is 100% natural and organic to prevent harsh treatment to your teeth.
Now you have your own activated charcoal toothpaste. It will last for a month or two if used rarely. As stated earlier, you should brush with activated charcoal in moderation to prevent erosion, plaque, or sensitivity.
Other natural benefits of activated charcoal
Aside from teeth whitening, activated charcoal can also be used as skin and hair care for deep cleansing and purification. It can also help relieve bloating and gas discomfort. However, when taking it for other purposes, make sure to ask your doctor first to prevent any complications.