Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening
Natural Teeth Whitening
Activated Charcoal, also referred to as Activated Carbon may sound like the stuff you cook your sausages on over a BBQ on a sunny weekend but the fact is, it is a very different form of charcoal.
Activated Charcoal is Charcoal which has gone through a scientific process to ‘Activate’ it - this process heats the charcoal and utilises a gas to create large pores in the mineral which traps chemicals and creates super absorptive properties. This may sound scary but it is a process widely used in medical applications due to it’s incredible detoxifying properties once ‘Activated’.
Activated Charcoal is widely used a lot as an holistic alternative in the natural health and beauty industry and has been used more traditionally in the medical industry to treat many different ailments, including intestinal gas, Cholestasis of pregnancy and lowering cholesterol levels.
Most people are only just starting to hear about the benefits of using Activated Charcoal for teeth whitening. But the truth is it is a very traditional form of medicine, which dates back to ancient Egypt. It is still highly recognised and used as an indigenous tooth cleaning method in rural Tanzania among other parts of Africa & South Asia.
Many alternative and natural dental products are starting to use Activated Charcoal instead of Fluoride due to suspicions that Fluoride ingestion can actually have harmful effects on the body.
Activated Charcoal is also odourless and tasteless which makes it a really useful ingredient in teeth whitening products, mixed with a natural flavouring like Peppermint means a taste as good as all toothpastes available on the shelves at your local convenience store.
Activated Charcoal in Teeth whitening - The Science.
Let’s talk about tannins - tannins are found in many foods like coffee, tea, wine even fruits & vegetables, and things like cigarette smoke. They are a yellowish or brownish bitter-tasting organic substance which bind to your teeth and cause staining and discolouration.
So what’s the good news? Activated Charcoal loves tannins! Yep, that’s right - what makes Activated Charcoal so powerful in Teeth Whitening is it’s natural ability to draw these tannins away from your teeth leaving them whiter looking. By binding with the surface stains, plaque and other daily grime which gets deposited on the surface of your teeth Activated Charcoal can easily draw out the impurities. And just to make things even better for Activated Charcoal - it doesn’t absorb the calcium salts the tooth is made of, leaving no damage to your teeth.
One word of advice though - if you suffer from very naturally yellow teeth or deeply stained teeth then Activated Charcoal can only take you so far - it will definitely help lighten your teeth and should feature in your daily dental routine but you may need to consider dental treatment through your dental surgery if you want to get a glamorous Hollywood smile - all being equal though a large percentage of people who try Activated Charcoal for teeth whitening see really noticeable results after only a few uses.
How should you use Activated Charcoal for natural teeth whitening?For the best results many people find using Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening powder twice a day as part of their daily dental routine.
Before brushing with your regular tooth paste it is recommended to wet your toothbrush, dip it in the Activated Charcoal powder and brush your teeth for two minutes with the powder. Once you have brushed your teeth for two minutes, you can then brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste.
Hopefully after a few days you will see your teeth whitening day by day.
It is always advised that you only purchase products manufactured in the UK and from companies who follow strict UK safety processes. If you are ever unsure of the quality of the products you intend to buy - asking for safety details should mean a company can guarantee that the products you are putting on your teeth are safe to use.