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Does Activated Charcoal Really Whiten Your Teeth?

January 10, 2017

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You’ve likely heard that oil pulling – rinsing with coconut oil – can help clean and whiten your teeth, while removing toxins from your gums. But brushing your teeth with activated charcoal… really? Yes!

Despite its dark color and counterintuitive messiness during use, food-grade activated charcoal powder is an excellent teeth-whitener and has some other surprising health benefits as well.

Activated charcoal contains an incredible number of tiny pores, which attract, absorb, and eliminate impurities and toxins from the body. This explains why it’s been used for thousands of years as an antidote to poisoning or digestive issues, and even for skincare and cleansing. Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal will leave them feeling as fresh and clean as professional whitening, but without the discomfort or chemical application.

According to research, activated charcoal removes the grainy plaque that accumulates on teeth, along with bacteria that may be on the gums, and gradually whitens teeth when used about twice a week. It also balances your oral Ph, and helps prevent cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.

Those benefits can certainly make up for the extra two minutes it takes to clean your sink after using it!

To use, simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into the activated charcoal powder, then brush your teeth as you normally would. Keep your head positioned directly over the sink to catch any dripping, and then rinse your mouth until the water runs clear. Your sink should be cleaner than ever with the wipe of a sponge. 

To really give your teeth some whitening love, follow these steps once a week:

1.     Brush with activated charcoal.

2.     Rinse with coconut oil.

3.     Rinse with remineralization powder.

Don’t forget to tell your dentist how your teeth got so clean, the natural way!

Remember, everyone has different needs when it comes to their health. What works for one person might not work for another, so be sure to monitor any changes in your health when attempting to implement something new, like using activated charcoal.

How do you keep your teeth white and clean? Share in the comments below.

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