I'm always looking for ways to whiten and brighten my smile and I have been trying a few things lately. One of the things I have tried with some success is activated charcoal, "what is activated charcoal?" you may ask, well activated charcoal is charcoal that has been oxidised which gives the surface of it more porosity. The porous nature of the activated charcoal acts as an impurity magnet attracting and adsorbing toxins, metals and chemicals. Used on teeth activated charcoal can remove stains on our teeth and is also great for freshening the breath.
Activated charcoal is relatively safe to use on teeth, it will only remove the bad impurities and stains from teeth and does not affect the tooth enamel. It has a gritty texture when using it but has no taste. One of the only cons to using activated charcoal for teeth whitening is that it can get a little messy. To use for whitening my teeth I usually just dip my wet designated toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder and proceed to brush my teeth for about 2 to 6 minutes. You can re dip the toothbrush into the powder as needed. After brushing with the activated charcoal, I rinse my mouth out and then brush my teeth with my regular toothpaste as normal to remove any remaining residue from the charcoal. I try to repeat this process 2 to 3 times in a week until the desired whiteness has been achieved.
I usually use the powder from an activated charcoal capsule although lately I have come across an innovative way to use the charcoal to brush my teeth. This is with the help of a product called Charbrush which is basically a sustainable and biodegradable toothbrush with activated charcoal bristles which makes the whole process a lot easier. This product also comes with a small tin of activated charcoal called char boost which is basically extra powder to use with the brush as needed. The Charbrush can be found here, so far I have had a positive experience using this toothbrush and my teeth are definitely thanking me!
Have you used activated charcoal to whiten your teeth?