It may sound ironic that charcoal can actually whiten teeth. It can even be more effective and safer compared to commercially available teeth whiteners that may contain chemicals and other additives that harm teeth. Where does it come from? How do you activated charcoal to whiten teeth?
This article features the natural treatment wonders of activated charcoal, its properties, how to use it, and how to make your own charcoal toothpaste.
How to use activated charcoal to whiten teeth?
Activated charcoal is known for its absorptive properties. It seeps through the enamel and dentin and binds with toxins and stains. It removes them from the mouth, leaving teeth whiter. It also binds to bacteria that cause bad breath, cavities, and plaque.
Among the many health benefitsof activated charcoal, the most popular is to whiten teeth. It usually comes in capsules or as charcoal toothpaste.
How do you use activated charcoal to whiten teeth? It is simple and easy. Empty one capsule of activated charcoal and mix it with very little water. Put it on an old toothbrush. Gently brush your teeth. Activated charcoal is usually odorless and has almost no flavor.
You can also add one capsule of activated charcoal to your regular toothpaste.
How to use activated charcoal safely?
Many health experts urge the proper use of activated charcoal. The recommended usage is once a day for three consecutive days. For deep-seated stains, use it for five consecutive days.
Using activated charcoal for long periods of time can do harm to teeth. Experts do not know the severity of activated charcoal. It can bind with stains, toxins, and bacteria,but if there is nothing for the charcoal to bind to, it may bind directly to the dentin and enamel. This can cause deterioration, erosion, and sensitivity.
DIY activated charcoal toothpaste
There are many activated charcoal toothpaste brands, but you can also make your own. DIY activated charcoal is easy, and it is guaranteed that the ingredients are all natural and safe.
For DIY activated charcoal toothpaste, you need aluminum-free baking soda, Himalayan sea salt, activated charcoal, peppermint essential oil, and coconut oil.
In a small container, mix ¼ cup of aluminum baking soda, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal.
Mix all the dry ingredients.
Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and gently pour it in the mixture.
Mix all the ingredients together until it becomes a paste.
Then add 5 – 6 drops of peppermint essential oil. Add more drops if you want it to be minty.
Now you have your own activated charcoal toothpaste. It will last for one week. You might want to use an old toothbrush because the charcoal might discolor the bristles.
Other health benefits of activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is commonly used as medication to treat suspected issues of poisoning and overdose. It is found in emergency rooms and household emergency kits.
It is getting more popular because it can effectively whiten teeth,but it can actually do a lot more. It can be used as a facial and body mask to purify skin and deep-cleanse the pores. It can be used as a natural shampoo to clean hair and make it softer and smoother.
To use activated charcoal as body scrub, add two to three capsules of activated charcoal. Scrub your body with it as your regular scrub.
To use it as shampoo, add one teaspoon of activated charcoal to the regular shampoo you use. Wash and rinse your hair as usual.
If you are suffering from bloating and gas discomfort, activated charcoal can give you relief. You can take one capsule of activated charcoal or in liquid form mixed with non-acidic juice. The activated charcoal tablet is cheaper.
When you take activated charcoal, make sure to drink a lot of water to prevent constipation. Take it between meals or when your stomach is half-empty.
Even though you can take activated charcoal, you should not take it as a daily vitamin. Take it only when needed. Follow the directions carefully and/or seek advice from your doctor before taking it.
Truly, activated charcoal is a natural alternative for teeth whiteners. Use it according to recommended use to reap its health benefits.