Years in the past, a reader from India instructed me a few natural way to whiten teeth and it’s the solely methodology I’ve used since that point. Her suggestion? Use charcoal to whiten tooth with!
Whiten Teeth With Charcoal?
I used to be very skeptical that charcoal may truly assist whiten tooth. I already saved activated charcoal round the home since now we have youngsters and this highly absorbent substance is often used in hospitals for food poisoning. Because I saved it round the home, I’d additionally seen firsthand what occurs when it spills on a kitchen ground (grout = completely ruined) so I used to be afraid it will stain my tooth and never whiten them.
There are whitening toothpastes on the market which have activated charcoal in them, however I made a decision a each day brush with charcoal toothpaste gave the impression of an excessive amount of mess. I desire to use the straight black powder model for a deep therapy
How Charcoal Works
Activated charcoal is a extremely absorbent substance. It removes toxins once they adhere to the floor of the charcoal. It shouldn’t be absorbed by the physique, however passes by the GI system, so chemical compounds and toxins bind to it, which then go by the physique and are expelled by the digestive system.
In the 1800s, two males took deadly doses of poisons (together with arsenic) and survived with out hurt… their secret: they blended the poisons with activated charcoal powder. (Stating the plain: don’t strive to repeat these experiments!)
Activated charcoal is extraordinarily efficient at binding to toxins from family chemical compounds, ingested medicines, and different chemical compounds from the physique, particularly when taken inside 30 minutes of ingestion. For this purpose, it’s a nice first therapy for any type of poisoning, however shouldn’t be taken inside a number of hours of medicines (and even nutritional vitamins) that DO want to be absorbed.
I had used activated charcoal when I had an awful bout of food poisoning, and it labored wonders! I blended a few tablespoon of activated charcoal with water and drank rapidly. The meals poisoning signs went away inside a few hours. This one dose was sufficient to treatment my meals poisoning, however others report having to take this dose a number of instances inside a day earlier than discovering aid.
Charcoal shouldn’t be a substance I’d take repeatedly, as it could possibly trigger constipation and block mineral absorption whether it is taken when it’s not wanted. Also, it could possibly’t be blended with dairy merchandise or many meals, as they decrease its effectiveness. Charcoal may trigger dehydration in giant doses so it is vital to eat sufficient water when consuming charcoal.
How Does Activated Charcoal Whiten Your Teeth?
So, it’s all nicely and good that activated charcoal is an efficient poison treatment… however does it actually work to whiten tooth?
As I stated, because the powder stains every little thing, I had at all times frightened that it will do the identical to my tooth. (One of my youngsters dumped it within the kitchen one time and it does stain tile, grout, garments and footwear… simply so you understand!).
I did some analysis and came upon that despite the fact that it quickly makes the mouth look extraordinarily black (image for emphasis!) it has the identical impact because it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. (Fair warning: while you open your mouth, it’s fully black and slightly scary trying! Right after I did this the primary time I used to be intensely frightened that it will stain my tooth.)
To my shock, all the black washes away and it makes your tooth really feel extraordinarily clear and easy. After a number of makes use of, my tooth have been noticeably whiter too.
Further analysis I’ve finished on this confirmed that activated charcoal can truly be useful in altering the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is efficient in stopping cavities and killing the dangerous micro organism present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this purpose, I now use it as a part of my remineralizing protocol for teeth, together with my remineralizing toothpaste.
Of course, it is vital to verify with your personal physician and dentist earlier than utilizing this or any substance internally or orally.
How to Use Charcoal to Whiten Teeth
I’m positive everybody does it slightly in another way, however right here’s the routine I’ve labored out over time. Once you could have it down, the entire course of takes about 5 minutes. You may see the entire thing in motion within the video under.
- I like to recommend having two toothbrushes, one for making use of the charcoal and one for brushing your mouth out after. A cup for rinsing can be useful. (Tip I realized the laborious manner: Have a microfiber cloth readily available to wipe out the sink while you’re finished, additionally.)
- Dip a clear, moist toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush).
- Lean over the container of charcoal and rapidly put the charcoal-covered toothbrush within the mouth (that is to defend your sink).
- Brush in small, very mild circles to apply charcoal throughout your tooth. Let sit for 2 minutes.
- Spit and rinse till your mouth is obvious of charcoal. (Again, watch out of surrounding surfaces.)
- To any remaining charcoal out of your mouth, moist the the second clear toothbrush, brush flippantly, and rinse.
- Wipe out the sink with the microfiber earlier than it dries for best clean-up.
Your mouth will really feel amazingly clear…. your sink, not a lot! Use as usually as wanted. Readers have additionally reported mixing the charcoal with water and swishing with it for 2 minutes.
This video reveals how I brush with charcoal:
Where to Get Activated Charcoal
Most pure health shops carry activated charcoal in loose powder or capsule form and it is usually out there on-line. I maintain each the powdered and capsuled types readily available in case it’s wanted for poisoning and I maintain the powder in a small glass jar for tooth brushing. Make positive that the charcoal is from wooden or coconut sources and never petroleum-based.
It can be crucial to word the distinction between food/supplement grade activated charcoal and different types of charcoal. I hope it goes with out saying, however I’ll say it to be secure:
Please don’t use every other type of charcoal apart from activated charcoal in your mouth or internally. Do not use leftover charcoal from a BBQ grill or charcoal briquettes. Do not use charcoal pencils or every other sort of charcoal.
Charcoal Teeth Whitening FAQs
I’ve obtained a few of the similar questions on this course of a number of instances so I’ve requested associates who’re dentists and finished additional analysis to strive to reply them:
Does It Stain Crowns/Veneers/Fillings?
I don’t have any of those in a visual place to give you the chance to share any firsthand expertise. Readers have reported attempting this methodology of tooth whitening with no downside on these kind of surfaces, however I’d positively suggest checking together with your dentist earlier than utilizing this or the rest if in case you have any of those.
Does Charcoal Pull Calcium From the Teeth?
Another query that I’ve obtained usually. As at all times, verify with a dentist if in case you have issues about your tooth and earlier than utilizing any substance to whiten them. From the analysis I discovered, charcoal binds principally to natural compounds and never minerals so there shouldn’t be a priority of it pulling calcium from the tooth.
Is Charcoal Too Abrasive for Teeth?
This is one concern that some dental professionals have expressed about whitening tooth with charcoal and it’s a legitimate concern. I used to be unable to discover any analysis that evaluated how abrasive charcoal was to the floor of the tooth. A suggestion from my pal who’s a dentist is to use the charcoal with out brushing or scrubbing.
She steered that anybody frightened about charcoal being abrasive or anybody with delicate tooth may accomplish the identical factor by merely dabbing charcoal onto the floor of the tooth with a finger or cotton swab and letting it sit on the floor of the tooth for 2 minutes earlier than swishing with water and rinsing.
This would enable the charcoal to are available contact with the floor of the tooth lengthy sufficient to take away floor stains with out the brushing or scrubbing motion that could possibly be too abrasive. Using a toothbrush with round-tip bristles is gentler on tooth and good for oral health basically, so contemplating switching to this type of toothbrush.
What Kind of Stains Does Charcoal Work On?
My dentist pal additionally suggested me that activated charcoal will solely work on floor stains that it’s in a position to bind to, particularly these from drinks like coffee and tea. It gained’t normally work on tooth which have yellowed from antibiotics or different inside issues.
Whiter Teeth? An Update
After utilizing the activated charcoal for a number of months and swishing with diluted regular 3% hydrogen peroxide once I keep in mind (on the advice of a dentist) I’m actually pleased with how white my tooth have turn into!
Here’s an image cropped from a photograph at a household wedding ceremony so it appears pixelated). I’m tremendous pleased with the outcomes!
Bottom Line on Tooth Whitening
I plan to proceed whitening my tooth with activated charcoal, but when the entire black-teeth factor doesn’t enchantment to you I’ve discovered a number of different pure methods to whiten tooth. Check out this post to see how they measure up to the charcoal methodology.
And you’ve discovered different pure methods to preserve these pearly whites, let me know what works for you!
What do you suppose? Am I loopy? Would you strive it for whitening your tooth?