Are you looking to make your teeth whiter? Well as weird as it sounds, charcoal has quickly become a trendy, go-to ingredient. The absorbent substance is flaunted as a clarifying, cleansing agent that sucks out toxins. Sounds cool, but I’m sure we can’t help but ask ourselves, does it really work?
Apparently one of the most common uses for activated charcoal at the moment is teeth whitening. Supposedly, activated charcoal is so powerful that it’ll give you super-white teeth in just one use.
If you do want to try this consulting a dentist on the matter to see if putting activated charcoal in your mouth is potentially unsafe for your dental health, is probably a smart choice. There are several ways to whiten your teeth with charcoal. The most common way, it seems, is to mix equal parts water and (powdered) activated charcoal. You can experiment with a consistency that works well for you.
Combine both together in your vessel of choice. Next, swish the liquid around for about a minute and then hold it in your mouth for roughly three to five minutes.
After swishing the mixture, separate the water from the grittier charcoal by sucking the water backward. Then hold the charcoal in front of your teeth for the remaining five minutes. This is a more effective way of doing things.
Another option is to create a thicker consistency and apply the activated charcoal mixture to your toothbrush as you would toothpaste. Then gently brush your teeth. Because the charcoal is gritty.
With any trend, one of the first things that comes to mind is how safe is it when swallowed. An important factor here is you must never use just any type of charcoal–it must be activated charcoal since it is purified and made especially for use in medicine. In fact using activated charcoal as a medicinal agent dates back to 1550 BC and is commonly used to treat poisonings, preventing their absorption. They still use activated in hospitals today, most commonly for alcohol and other poisonings.
As for whitening teeth? Activated charcoal may have a similar effect on your teeth over time. Activated charcoal is shown to be attracted to a group of found compounds known as tannins. Tannins can be found in common stain-inducing items like wine or coffee, for instance. In theory, this is why many people are turning to brushing with activated charcoal.
Ultimately, activated charcoal may potentially work over time, but don’t expect anything fast and impressive. You certainly won’t be “turbo whitening” your teeth in a matter of minutes, that’s for sure.
Should you choose to employ DIY treatments when it comes to dental care–to understand that no matter how well an at home treatment can work, these remedies can and will never replace flossing or brushing and the need to visit your dentist for routine check ups and cleanings.
Of course, using the method mentioned to whiten teeth isn’t the only one. Statistic Brain claims that teeth whitening is a huge industry. Tooth annual teeth whitening industry revenue is $11,000,000,000. The annual spending on teeth whitening products is $1,400,000,00. Average price of in-office dental tooth whitening procedure is $600. And Average price of home teeth whitening kit is $34.99