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The Carbon White Teeth Whitening Guide

So, you’ve heard people raving about using activated charcoal to whiten teeth and a whole load of other things. Here’s the truth behind this old-new age teeth maintenance product and what’s so special about Carbon White Teeth Whitening Powder and the different ways you can use it in your oral hygiene routine.

Can this black powder really make teeth whiter?

In the quest to make your teeth whiter, probably the last thing you’d think of is covering them in something black. Still, some people swear by this treatment as a natural way to get whiter teeth – and there’s a good scientific reason why it does work.

First, let’s be clear that this is NOT the same stuff that’s left over after a BBQ or available in art shops!

What is it?

Activated charcoal (also called activated carbon) has special properties because of the way it is produced. The activation process involves subjecting the charcoal Coconut Shells to very high temperatures, with steam. This creates tiny, low-volume pores throughout the material which give it a huge surface area. (Amazingly, just one gram of activated carbon has the surface area of more than 11 tennis courts, thanks to its complex structure.)

This surface area lets the charcoal adsorb large amounts of other substances (meaning they stick to the surface of it). Inside your body it can whisk chemicals and toxins out of your system. And when applied to teeth, it encourages plaque, bacteria and other particles to cling to it so they are all rinsed off together.

What will it do?

Note that teeth-whitening charcoal can only remove stains from the surface of your teeth. These are often caused by deep coloured foods and drinks, including:

  • tea
  • coffee
  • red wine
  • tomato sauces
  • curries

Charcoal in any form won’t make your teeth whiter than they naturally are. If your teeth are naturally quite yellow or have become discoloured because of medication or a health condition, you’ll need to try Dentist whitening procedures.

When it comes to using it on teeth, some concerns have been made about its abrasive nature. Charcoal is effective at removing surface stains on teeth, but there is also a risk it will erode enamel, too. Our tooth enamel can’t replenish itself, so it’s NOT a good idea to keep scratching away at it.

As tooth enamel thins, the yellower inner layer of dentin starts to show through. So ironically, teeth whitening with an abrasive method can eventually lead to teeth becoming yellower.

Dentists warn against overuse of whitening toothpastes for the same reason. But whereas traditional whitening toothpastes rely on brushing to be effective, charcoal pastes can “pull” some stains from the surface without brushing

How to use it

The following steps explain how to brush teeth with activated charcoal powder:

  1. Hold your toothbrush under running water to clean it and get all the bristles wet.
  2. Tap or shake it so the bristles are damp but are not holding any excess water.
  3. Hold your pot of charcoal powder over the sink and also lean over so your mouth is over the sink (this is so that any spills are easy to clean up).
  4. Dip your toothbrush about a quarter of the way into the powder (you only need a little).
  5. Lightly brush the teeth.
  6. Don’t be put off by your scary black mouth.
  7. Rinse thoroughly with water.