About the Hype: Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening


A Damn Mess! No really…

Okay so I did try this and my first thought was, “damn this is a mess”!

So first, what is charcoal teeth whitening and what does it suppose to do…

Activated charcoal is a finely milled black powder made from coconut shells, bone char, olive pits, coal, sawdust, or other materials. The charcoal is processed with high heat, which “activates” it. This changes its internal structure, making it more porous than regular charcoal. It is said that using activated charcoal on your teeth is effective in absorbing plaque and other compounds that stain teeth. So all in all it is suppose to give you a brighter smile and whiter teeth.

Here is what I have learned and what my experience was. First off, charcoal is abrasive. and a bit harsh on teeth. I read about this after I tried it a few times and found out that it indeed has been known to cause tooth enamel loss.

Also, it is MESSY!!! If you are going to try this, please please please be prepared to have black water and stains all over your sink. I would advise maybe putting an old towel down on the sink as it splatters EVERYWHERE when you are brushing including on your mirror.

Results…. was my teeth whiter? Have others that I have spoken to had a whiter result with their teeth?

My thought is this, for me, it did not make my teeth particularly noticeably whiter. Only saw a slight difference after a week of brushing. However, I have spoken to people who had a little more drastic results but in their case, they did say that they had quiet a bit of staining from different things so it was helpful for them. If you are someone that drinks red wine, tea, or smokes a lot, I can imagine that this would be a good option for you. If you are like me and you don’t do these things and you don’t really have heavy stains, than it wont make much sense for you.

What I use now that keeps my teeth bright is this:

Baking soda, peroxide, a small amount of coconut oil (antibacterial) and a drop of oil of oregano oil (antibacterial and antifungal and great for gums) to make a paste and brush once a day (a night) with this mixture and regular toothpaste brush in the morning.

So what’s the bottom line on this hype?

  1. Use carefully and sparingly as you don’t want to risk losing your enamel which we know we cannot get back.

2. And use only is you have major stains on your teeth and this is NOT for a consistent use.

Good luck!

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