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How does the charcoal whitening work?

13 October 2017

Who doesn’t dream of having a white smile! It’s definitely the simplest way to meeting new people and achieving successes in life – that’s why we desire it so much. Unfortunately, whitneing our teeth is pretty expensive. The products avaible at pharmacies tend to be pricy already, let alone the professional whitneing at the dentist’s office, which can sometimes cost ten times more! That’s why the household remedies are still very popular. Amongst these we can find the activated charcoal whitening. Is it safe and effective though?

How does the charcoal whitening work?

In order to whiten your teeth using a charcoal, you must buy one at the pharmacy (prescription isn’t required). It’s avaible in the form of pills or tablets.

Creating a whitening toothpaste is a proverbial child’s play. All we need to do is pour the contents of the pills or pulverize the tablets and then add a few drops of water to that. The substance should be thick enough to be applied on the toothbrush. We can now do the two things with the created mixture:

  • brush our teeth with it as if we were using a regular toothpaste (don’t replace the toothpaste with this mixture for good though!),
  • apply it to our teeth and wait a couple of minutes.

This action needs to be repeated at least few times within a week. Does activated charcoal give desired results though?

The effects of activated charcoal whitening

The opinions about this method of whitening are mixed. Some show their pictures as a proof that it works, others claim that it does nothing. We also don’t know which method of using the charcoal toothpaste is more effective.

Safety of whitening

Applying the charcoal tootphaste on the teeth and leaving it for a few minutes shouldn’t be harmful to them. Brushing our teeth with this mixture might give us different results though. The particles contained within the tootphaste will mechanically remove the residue, along with the enamel.

The charcoal is completely safe towards gums though, and despite of its intense color, it doesn’t leave any stains in our mouth cavity.

When swallowed in small amounts, it won’t hurt us, but we should keep in mind that it’s still a medicinal substance. Remember to spit it all out after finising using it.

We can’t be sure of the results we’ll get when we’ll decide to use the activated charcoal. You can try it out, but preferrably by applying it to your teeth instead of brushing. Before you’ll start though, conult your dentist first – perhaps he’ll be able to recommend you some other, more effective and safer, way to whiten your teeth.