Charcoal’s capacity to absorb toxins over one thousand times its own weight has made it a potent solution for most aesthetic issues – even those concerning the teeth. Some studies have found that using charcoal on your chompers might actually be a more effective whitening solution than most commercially available whitening toothpaste.
Although charcoal-infused toothpaste is available on the market, there is a recipe that will let you formulate your own, all-natural, homemade charcoal whitening toothpaste. This won’t only give you that thousand-watt smile you’ve always wanted, but it also adds a touch of fun to the entire process.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 teaspoons of activated charcoal
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1-2 drops of essential oils of your choice (peppermint and tea tree work great)
- Small tin container
- Spoon for mixing
How to Make Charcoal Toothpaste
- Place a small saucepan over medium heat and pour the coconut oil. Once it starts to bubble, remove it from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Take a clean bowl and transfer the heated coconut oil. Then, mix in each other ingredient one at a time. Stir thoroughly until completely combined.
- Once you achieve an even consistency, place the mixture into your storage tin.
This is essentially the simplest recipe for charcoal toothpaste currently available. All of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store, and the formulation does come out to be effective against stained teeth.
But if you want to take it up a notch, you can add in 0.5 ounces of bentonite clay, and 0.1 ounces of xanthan gum powder. These ingredients can give it a toothpaste-y feel, which people tend to enjoy better than the raw, charcoal recipe listed above.
To use these ingredients with your formulation, simply add them into the hot coconut oil as you would the other ingredients and mix thoroughly until completely incorporated.
How to Use Charcoal Toothpaste
Notice how most of the ingredients in the recipe don’t actually offer that minty-fresh post-toothbrush feel. So it’s important that you still use your usual toothpaste daily to clean the rest of your oral cavity. This charcoal recipe is only intended to whiten the teeth, and may not work well as an absolute substitute for traditional toothpaste formulations.
In the same light, there are some studies that have questioned the abrasiveness of charcoal. The grainy substance can damage teeth if it’s used too often. So experts recommend using charcoal toothpaste twice or thrice a week to avoid any unwanted abrasion.
Make sure you follow these steps when using your homemade charcoal toothpaste to ensure the ideal results:
- Rub your toothbrush across the surface of the homemade paste and make sure that all the bristles’ tips are coated evenly. You can also scoop out a small, pea-sized amount using a spoon to prevent contaminating the whole container with your toothbrush.
- Gargle clean water and spit to moisten the surfaces of your teeth. This should reduce the abrasion that the charcoal might cause.
- Brush your teeth as you would with regular toothpaste. Target the problem areas that concern you the most, like stains and yellowish teeth. It also helps to brush the hidden areas of your teeth like the molars and the inner surfaces of front-facing teeth. These areas are most prone to discoloration because they are rarely seen or brushed.
- Let the charcoal soak for 3-5 minutes. By leaving it on your teeth a while after brushing, the charcoal can absorb more of the dirt and contaminants that you want to get rid of.
- Rinse and gargle with clean water. Make sure you get rid of all the charcoal, especially the granules that might have made their way in between your teeth.
- When you’re all done whitening with charcoal, wait 10-15 minutes to let the process take full effect. Then brush your teeth with regular fluoride toothpaste. This should help clean the rest of your oral cavity like your gums, the insides of your cheeks, and your tongue.
Some Tips for Teeth Whitening
Activated charcoal on its own can be a smart and effective teeth whitening solution. But there are some steps you can take to speed up the entire process. Try to implement these tips along with your charcoal toothpaste regimen to achieve that winning, thousand-watt smile sooner.
- Use a Fine Bristle Charcoal Toothbrush – There are some toothbrushes out there with charcoal-infused bristles. These can help speed up the whitening process, allowing you to bump up the effects of your charcoal toothpaste. Choose a brush with finer bristles to get into hard-to-reach areas, and make sure you use it with fluoride toothpaste as well.
- Experiment with Ratios – If you find that your toothpaste is a little too gritty, it might have negative effects on your enamel. Try to experiment with the ratios of your formulation to get a refined feel and avoid abrasion and damage to your teeth.
- Don’t Forget to Floss – The edges of the teeth are particularly prone to discoloration because of how they rub close with neighboring teeth. Flossing regularly should help address these problem areas.
To make your floss practice even more effective, take some activated charcoal toothpaste and use it to coat a line of floss. In effect, this will expose the cramped spaces between your teeth to the same whitening formulation, making it easier to achieve an even whiteness all over.