Coconut Charcoal Powder for Teeth Whitening (Yep, It Really Works!)
When you think of charcoal, you probably think of barbeques and not so much whiter teeth. But charcoal powder is an innovative and cost effective way to get the whiter smile of your dreams. The use of activated charcoal is generally for medical treatments. Even so, you don’t need any special training in order to use it for in-home teeth whitening. By following a few steps and taking general precautions, you can get great results.
Below you’ll find the information on what makes this a great whitening option, what to look out for and most importantly, how to use charcoal powder to brighten your smile.
So what is Charcoal?
Before you run out and grab some charcoal lumps off the grill, know that you’re actually using charcoal powder. Typically, activated charcoal powder is used in hospitals to treat those who have eaten something they’re allergic to. The charcoal is used to prevent your body from absorbing any harmful chemicals. Activated charcoal has no taste or odor and can be purchased at many health food shops in tablet form.
How safe is it?
The safety of activated charcoal, coconut charcoal, in particular, is verified and is safe even if you swallow it. Even after you swallow it, the charcoal isn’t absorbed into your body and just flows through your digestive system pulling harmful toxins with it. For your teeth, however, the charcoal will bind to the rougher surfaces. This includes areas that are stained or coated in plaque. When brushing the charcoal away, be careful as it can be abrasive depending on how much pressure you use.
One of the benefits of activated coconut charcoal versus traditional whiteners is that charcoal pulls toxins away without leaving harmful effects. Coconut Charcoal powder is even more effective than regular charcoal as the pore size is larger, thus, the pulling effect is greater. Traditional whiteners use hydrogen peroxide or similar chemicals which can sometimes lead to gum inflammation and tooth sensitivity. If you have any open cuts or recent dental work, wait until you’ve healed completely.
What Not To Do
Even though charcoal is safe to swallow, you want to be careful on how much you ingest. Having too much charcoal in your system can cause dehydration and constipation. It can also block your body from taking in the minerals you actually need for healthy functions. So if you swallow some, make sure you to drink plenty of water to counteract this process.
How much does it cost?
The cost of activated coconut charcoal is much cheaper than packs of whitening strips or multiple visits to your dentist for laser whitening treatment. It is also an extremely potent ingredient so you don’t need much (roughly one teaspoon per whitening session).
Will it stain?
Fair warning, charcoal powder is a deep black and will stain certain surfaces. Most first-time charcoal users are worried that it will leave your teeth black. However, with gentle brushing, you can remove all of the charcoal from your mouth with no staining or darkening of your teeth. Still, be careful of your sinks, floors, and toilets. You’ll also want to have a designated toothbrush for your charcoal whitening as it will turn permanently black.
How to Use Activated Coconut Charcoal
The actual application of the coconut charcoal is quite simple. Dip your clean and wet toothbrush in the charcoal. You can make a paste of it in a disposable cup or keep it at a fairly loose, liquid consistency. With the water running (to protect your sink from stains), quickly move the brush from the cup to your mouth. Carefully, spread the charcoal in circular motions before letting the charcoal bind for up to three minutes.
You want to be mindful to not cause any scratches or other damage while you brush. After that, just rinse your mouth until it is no longer black and your teeth are clean. Don’t forget to brush any remaining charcoal from your tongue, too. To prevent staining or other messes, you can use a spit cup and flush the contents down the toilet.
For those with sensitive teeth (or who want to avoid the brushing), you can dab the charcoal directly on your teeth with either a cotton swab or finger or swish a charcoal water mixture before spitting.
How often should you use it?
Because you don’t want to risk damaging the surface of your teeth, you only need to use this whitening method 2-3 days a week. Maintain your regular brushing habits, but only add charcoal whitening to it once a day.
Choosing organic activated coconut charcoal to whiten your teeth are is great because it’s a natural option to harsher chemicals. You also get bonus benefits because it will do more than just whiten your teeth. The charcoal will remove any harmful bacteria and toxins from all parts of your mouth. This is also an easy enough procedure that you can do at home. You will see results in a few weeks if you stay consistent.
- Sasha Brown