Brighter Teeth with Activated Charcoal: 9 Tips

Brighter Teeth with Activated Charcoal: 9 Tips

Activated charcoal has become a popular trend in dental care as people have started using it to whiten their teeth. Activated charcoal is a form of carbon that is processed in a way that makes it highly porous and capable of absorbing impurities. When it is used on teeth, it is believed to absorb the stains and toxins that cause discoloration, leaving a brighter and whiter smile.

To use activated charcoal on teeth, you need to mix it with water to make a paste. Then, you can apply the paste to your teeth using a toothbrush and leave it on for a few minutes. After that, rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth as usual. It is important to note that activated charcoal can be abrasive, so it should not be used too frequently or for too long. 

Here are nine tips for using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth:

  1. Start with a clean mouth. Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth thoroughly before using activated charcoal.
  2. Choose the right kind of charcoal. Look for activated charcoal specifically made for oral use, as other types may not be safe.
  3. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Activated charcoal can be abrasive, so use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging your enamel.
  4. Be gentle. Use a light hand when brushing with activated charcoal, as too much pressure can damage your teeth and gums.
  5. Mix it with water. Mix a small amount of activated charcoal powder with water to form a paste.
  6. Apply the paste to your teeth. Use your toothbrush to apply the paste to your teeth, making sure to cover all the surfaces.
  7. Let it sit. Leave the paste on your teeth for 2-3 minutes to allow the charcoal to absorb impurities.
  8. Rinse thoroughly. Rinse your mouth and toothbrush thoroughly to remove all traces of the charcoal.
  9. Use once a week. Activated charcoal can be harsh on your teeth if used too frequently, so limit use to once a week.

While some people have reported positive results from using activated charcoal on their teeth, there is limited scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. Moreover, it is not recommended for people with sensitive teeth or those with pre-existing dental problems. If you are considering using activated charcoal for teeth whitening, it is best to consult with your dentist first.

Studies show that the use of activated charcoal daily will wear away enamel and lead to sensitivity in the teeth so we strongly suggest considering other alternatives prior to using an aggressive abrasive like activated charcoal on your enamel.

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