Charcoal you say? Why would I ever want to put charcoal into my mouth…? Its black, how CAN it whiten?
Your hollywood dentist explains how a holistic home remedy involving the use of activated charcoal to whiten your teeth may have some success.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated charcoal is different from the charcoal you find in barbeques. The difference is simple: regular charcoal contains many impurities; whereas activated charcoal does not.
So how does activated charcoal relate to my teeth? The amazing part of this natural remedy is its adsorption qualities. It has a remarkable ability to adsorb the “junk” that has been essentially glued to your enamel, causing discoloration ranging from yellowish to brown.
Note the difference between adsorption and absorption. Activated charcoal undergoes adsorption, which is a surface-based process in which a substance doesn’t completely enter another, but, in simple terms, hangs onto another substance. Absorption is a process in which a substance fully emerges with another.
Enamel surface stains are often the result of the usual culprits: coffee, tea, wine, and many different foods. The activated charcoal works to pull any toxins from your mouth and efficiently remove surface stains from your teeth, making it a great holistic teeth whitening tool. Activated charcoal likes tannins which are often in tea, and coffee and cause stains.
If you’re curious in learning what you should do, then we advise you to pick up activated charcoal in powder form. You can open up the capsules with the powder in them, and use them that way. Your local grocery store may have it, natural foods store, or drug store. Worse comes to worst it can be found online.
Once you obtain your powder, the process is easy:
1. Brush your teeth normally.
2. Mix your activated charcoal with a little bit of water, making it easy to swish.
3. Swish it around for up to 1 minute.
4. Hold it in front of your teeth for up to 5 minutes.
5. Rinse your mouth out with water.
We admit, it looks somewhat intimidating to put what appears to be a nasty black substance into your mouth, but it’s the end results that we truly care about. You may even be wondering how such a black substance doesn’t actually end up staining your teeth as it looks darker than black coffee. That’s the magic behind it!
Natural remedies, especially ones that work, are the best. You could read more on other holistic approaches to your oral health!