It seems counter intuitive that this black, messy material will actually whiten your teeth, but it’s true. Activated charcoal (as opposed to regular charcoal sitting in the fire pit) has been treated to purify it. This is the same stuff in your Brita for filtering water and in hospitals for poison control. Activated charcoal is a porous material that absorbs toxins, stains, bacteria and more which makes it ideal for whitening teeth. It binds with the tannis (from tea, coffee, wine, etc) and plaque on the teeth, and then removes them when you spit it out. Here is how to whiten teeth naturally with activated charcoal.
Whiten Teeth with Activated Charcoal
You will need:
-a powder form of activated charcoal (The powder doesn’t taste like anything, but I once tried liquid, and it tasted like rotten eggs. Don’t even go there.)
1. Brush your teeth as normal (perhaps with this homemade natural toothpaste).
2. Over the sink, carefully open an activated charcoal capsule and pour onto wet toothbrush. This is where it gets messy already, but don’t worry, it won’t stain your sink or counter.
3. Very gently brush your teeth for a minimum of 3 minutes.
4. Rinse. And brush. And rinse some more. This may take a little while.
I’ve been doing this approximately once a week for the past 4 weeks, and I’ve been very happy to see my teeth get progressively more and more white. I’ve read other people do it for 3-5 days in a row once every few months.
Other suggestions also include adding the powder to water to make a slurry and then swishing it in your mouth or adding a little bit of water to make a paste and dabbing it onto teeth. I find putting it right on my toothbrush the easiest. Try out different techniques, and see what works for you.
How do you whiten your teeth?