How to Whiten Teeth with Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is one natural beauty product that has some proven uses. But is teeth whitening one of them? In this article, we will look at some of its uses and how to whiten teeth with charcoal

woman brushing with activated charcoal while making face

Charcoal is one natural beauty product. Some individuals may find it strange that charcoal is used to naturally make teeth white. In this article, we will look at how to whiten teeth with charcoal

Charcoal On Teeth Whitening

People do use activated charcoal in their daily lives as a form of household “detoxifier” as activated charcoal is an extremely absorbent substance that can be used in addressing food poisoning even by medical professionals and hospitals. However, the appearance and the actual effect of charcoal for teeth whitening may seem contradictory as spilled charcoal can even stain white surfaces such as grout and tiles.

Facts About Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is a substance that is highly absorbent and has been shown to have the ability to absorb toxins from surfaces that it comes in contact with. Below are some of its benefits:

Very potent in terms of fighting off toxins

Activated charcoal does not stick to or stay within the Gastrointestinal System or GI tract of the human body which results in the absorbed toxins and harmful substances being flushed out from the system.

One experiment, in particular, showed just how effective it can be. In the 1800s, a deadly dosage of poison that contained arsenic was ingested by two (2) individuals. Both these individuals survived the said exposure to poison due to them mixing the aforementioned poison with activated charcoal. It goes without saying though, that the dangerous experiment should not be replicated.

Effective against certain chemicals and harmful ingredients

It works best if immediately introduced into the system within 30 minutes of ingesting certain chemicals and harmful ingredients. This is the main reason why activated charcoal is one of the best first aid or solution to different types of poisoning. However, people are advised against taking activated charcoal after taking in some form or type of vitamins or medications that the body is supposed to absorb.

Taking activated charcoal to address food poisoning

Simply drink a mix of activated charcoal and water. This concoction can quickly help alleviate the food poisoning symptoms within hours and one dose may be enough to treat food poisoning for certain individuals. However, these dosages may vary per individual some may require multiple doses before they actually get any relief from food poisoning.

In Addition, activated charcoal should not be taken regularly when it is not needed as it can cause other adverse effects. These negative effects include reduced absorption of essential minerals and possible constipation. Another possible consequence of taking in activated charcoal regularly is that certain food items and dairy products may lose their effectiveness in terms of health contributions and effects on the human body. Lastly, the regular intake of activated charcoal may lead to dehydration and as such, people who take in huge amounts of activated charcoal are advised to increase their water intake to avoid being dehydrated.

How Can Charcoal Whiten Teeth?

As stated in the earlier portions of the article, activated charcoal can indeed help in whitening teeth. However, it can be weird to immediately expect charcoal to help in teeth whitening when appearances seem to dictate that it would actually stain people’s teeth.

When first applied, charcoal may indeed blacken teeth for a few seconds or minutes. Its application to the teeth may have similar results as when it is ingested. That is the absorption and removal of stains and other foreign matter found in teeth. It must be emphasized though, that teeth will indeed black and stained in the first few minutes of application and this may be worrying for some individuals. Once washed away, teeth should ideally feel smoother, cleaner and, after a few uses or application of charcoal, will be noticeably whiter.

Aside from teeth whitening, evidence suggests that charcoal can help improve the health and pH balance of the human mouth. This help prevent or fight off cavities through its elimination of harmful bacteria that can cause gingivitis and tooth decay.

Steps On How To Use Charcoal for Teeth Whitening

There are no hard and fast rules in terms of using charcoal to whiten teeth. Suffice it to say, people tend to do the process slightly differently and will usually take about five (5) minutes to completely finish the process. That being said, listed below are the actual steps on how to use charcoal to whiten one’s teeth:

  1. Ideally, people should have two (2) toothbrushes if they wish to use charcoal to whiten their teeth. One is for the application of the charcoal, the other one for the removal of the activated charcoal from their teeth.
  2. A rinsing cup to make rinsing easier
  3. Cloth wipes to clean sink afterward is also advisable.
  4. A wet toothbrush should then be dipped into charcoal that has been powdered
  5. Bend over or lean closer to the sink to apply the powdered charcoal to one’s teeth. This is also to prevent any charcoal spills.
  6. Apply or brush the charcoal bits or powder using small, gentle and circular motions. Make sure that all teeth are covered. The applied charcoal should ideally be left to sit for around two (2) minutes.
  7. Rinse and spit the excess charcoal making sure that the teeth are clean. Another toothbrush may be used to ensure the removal of any excess charcoal.

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