So I’m kind of loving activated charcoal lately. I’ve heard of it being used in face masks, but there are actually tons of uses for it, like alleviating gas or bloating, treating alcohol poisoning and preventing hangovers, filtering water, getting rid of mold, cleansing your digestive tract, and lowering cholesterol. But I’m going to teach you how to use it to get whiter teeth, in just 5 minutes!
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You might be thinking, how in the WORLD can something black make your teeth WHITER? I know, crazy right? Well, activated charcoal is pretty amazing. It traps toxins and chemicals into its tiny pores. It doesn’t absorb them, but rather, the toxins bind to its surface. In turn, your body doesn’t reabsorb those toxins. According to Dr. Josh Axe, “the porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it.” Plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth bind to the charcoal and are removed from your teeth. #ScienceIsCool 👍
Activated charcoal helps whiten teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth, helping prevent cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.
How to Whiten Your Teeth with Activated Charcoal
First of all, you have to buy some activated charcoal. It is different than the kind you put on your grill, btw. I found the brand Solaray Vitamins at Whole Foods for $11. Looks like they are also on Amazon.
Take a tablet and break it open. CAREFUL because it is messy and will stain countertops, clothes, get all over your fingers, etc. Use caution.
Wet your toothbrush and dip it in the charcoal. You can probably get two uses out of one tablet. You can also use a little toothpaste on your toothbrush as well, but not necessary.
Brush the charcoal around for 5 minutes. You WILL look ridiculous. Take lots of pictures. When finished, spit and rinse until all the charcoal is gone. Brush your teeth with toothpaste to get any remaining charcoal.
That’s it! You can do this 2x a week, or whenever you feel like you need a little sprucing. However, the charcoal can be pretty abrasive so I don’t recommend doing it too much. I also wrote a post about oil pulling and how that can whiten your teeth naturally, as well. There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on teeth whitening kits when you can do it naturally at home for only a few dollars! 😎
Toothpaste with Activated Charcoal In It
If you’re not feeling the whole capsule thing, you can buy toothpaste that already has activated charcoal in it! I recommend this David’s Peppermint Charcoal Toothpaste. It has pharmaceutical grade charcoal; this way you can naturally whiten your teeth every day while you brush. Super easy! And you can use the code ORGANICALLYBECCA at checkout for 10% off.