If you've spent any time on Pinterest, then you've likely heard that charcoal will whiten your teeth. Does it? I decided to put it to the test - for all my teeth brushing needs.
Before you even think about using charcoal from your grill, STOP! You only want to use activated charcoal. It's clean - and not toxic. I opened one of these babies:
activated bamboo charcoal to naturally freshen your home (they work great, but they eventually wear out.) I add the used charcoal to my garden and I also experiment with it. I ground the charcoal in my mortar & pestle until it was dust. I used this same charcoal dust for making homemade deodorant.
I don't recommend this. The mortar& pestle does a bang up job of grinding things into powder, but it doesn't do a good enough job for making charcoal tooth paste. It left behind little rocks of charcoal that made brushing not so fun. But still, I soldiered on.
activated charcoal powder. You can also keep it around the house in case of accidental poisoning.
How do you brush your teeth with charcoal? Dip your fancy toothbrush inside (my brushes are always free from the dentist - no fancy shmancy here.)
What does it feel like? A little gritty. Tastes like nothing. Looks like satan. It's unnerving to see your teeth all black and gritty. A little zombie-like.
After a dozen uses, I can truthfully report that it does nothing to white your teeth. Maybe they look a little whiter after you first start rinsing your mouth and the black contrast is there:
After some research - it seems the film culprit is the glycerin in the regular toothpaste. Now I am at a crossroads, do I keep brushing with just charcoal and get dirty looks from my husband (he did not approve of this experiment because he thought it was weird and regular toothpaste "works just fine.") or do I start experimenting with other fluoride and glycerin free toothpastes?
For now, I'm pretty happy with using charcoal. I will, however, be buying the tablets to break open as my grinding skills left much to be desired.
**Update** I have continued using charcoal and even went to the dentist for my regular check up. The dentist was excited about my oral hygiene (I am still cavity free!) and did not see any damage to my teeth from using the charcoal. ****Second Update**** I was given the chance to review this activated charcoal powder for teeth brushing purposes. It was much easier to use than grinding up my own powder - it was much finer and less abrasive. I still didn't think it "whitened" by teeth but it still did a fantastic job of freshening breath. And like I said before - WAY easier to use.
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