That’s a scary sight isn’t it? Since there are different forms of activated charcoal available, the answer is a bit different for each. Even so, it’s advised that you brush your teeth for 5 days straight with a soft-bristled toothbrush, twice a day and take care not to press to hard along the gumline.
If you have sensitive teeth, just use activated charcoal once a day, 3 times a week. This means you should do it every other day in order to give your teeth some time to rest in between use.
When deciding on a form of activated charcoal (tablet, capsule or powdered form), you should consider the size of the particles. The smaller the particles, the safer they are to use for your teeth for whitening.
How does activated charcoal work?
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance and it’s not the same thing you see in the fireplace. It is activated by steam or chemical methods in order to remove volatile compounds and to separate the atoms. When the atoms are separated, they leave space to pull in other substances, and bind them to the carbon. This binding helps to prevent toxins and other soluble substances from being absorbed into the GI tract. Then, the charcoal plus whatever it has picked up is, eliminated from your system in “the natural way”.
Is using activated charcoal safe?
It is safe to ingest but brushing with it on a regular basis can damage the enamel of your teeth, leaving them exposed. Just lightly brush the teeth when applying the activated charcoal and do NOT use it if you have open wounds, cuts or abrasions. Activated charcoal is also safer to use than baking soda.
Activated charcoal for teeth whitening
The main question is, does charcoal actually whiten teeth? There’s a difference between removing surface stains and whitening. The surface stains can generally be removed with regular toothpastes and are caused by coffee, red wine, tobacco and all dark colored foods and drinks. The other kind of stains are deeper and come from within the tooth. These can be caused by overuse of fluoride, weak enamel, trauma and certain types of medication.
Activated charcoal can definitely be used to remove surface stains caused by your coldbrew habit, just be careful with the pressure you’re applying on the teeth.
How to use activated charcoal for teeth whitening
Every person might do this procedure differently depending on the different form of charcoal they’ve chosen, but the whole procedure shouldn’t take more than 5-7 minutes to complete.
- It’s highly recommended to use two different toothbrushes, one for applying and one for brushing your mouth after and add a cup for rinsing for good measure. I should add that the sink might be a mess after you’ve finished, so have a cloth or something to wipe.
- If you’ve chosen the activated charcoal capsules, dump the contents on a wet toothbrush, otherwise just dip the clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal.
- In order not to spill some all over the sink making a mess, it’s advised to lean over the container of charcoal and quickly put the toothbrush in the mouth.
- Brush gently and apply it all over your teeth. Be careful with the gums during this process and after, let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Spit and rinse until you’ve removed all the charcoal but be careful with splashes on the sink and surrounding surfaces.
- If there’s any remaining charcoal, wet the second toothbrush and brush lightly, followed by more sensing.
- Wipe out the sink before the charcoal starts to dry so it’s going to be easiest to clean-up.
Is activated charcoal too abrasive for teeth?
Some dental professionals argue the fact that it is indeed too abrasive, but not much study has been done to evaluate how abrasive charcoal actually is to the surface of the teeth. If you’re worried about this fact, you can accomplish the same results by just dabbing charcoal onto your teeth with your finger and then let t sit for 2 minutes, followed by swishing with water and rinsing.
Activated charcoal is safe and does help absorb discolorations in your tooth enamel. It has also been proven to whiten teeth but use caution when applying it onto your teeth. Although activated charcoal is available to everyone, it is still recommended to consult with your dental professional before using it.