There are so many blogs and videos popping up about using activated charcoal and its efficiency in teeth whitening. You will see blackened teeth in numerous pictures that end up looking pearly white after gargling. Many are aware of Activated charcoal for its adsorptive (not absorptive) properties and high porosity that makes it a practical yet natural solution for detoxifying, cleansing and purifying. With these properties, it’s only natural for people to use it for oral hygiene. However, does activated charcoal teeth whitening powder really work?
What is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal is a natural remedy used for thousands of years. It’s made from natural materials such as coconut shells, sawdust, bone char, peat, or coal. It undergoes a special process of chemical exposure and pressure in a controlled environment to “activate” it and form numerous pores. The result is a particle with a negative charge and is capable of carrying 1000x its own weight.
Activated charcoal is adsorbent, capable of binding positively charged elements without causing a reaction. For this reason, activated charcoal powder is often the first line of treatment against poisoning even in the emergency room.
Activated charcoal for teeth whitening
Using activated charcoal for teeth has been a popular subject for DIY lovers who are out for whitening solutions beyond whitening toothpaste without stepping inside a dental office. It’s gaining attraction because it does not have any abrasive chemicals like other OTC teeth whitening products.
Activated charcoal works by getting the stains out of your enamel. Teeth enamel is actually porous despite its smooth and even appearance. Several substances such as acid, pigments, and bacteria can get stuck on this porous surface and cause discoloration.
When you use Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder for teeth whitening, each pass will attract and bind pigments and acid. The good thing about it is that as you brush, you’re not spreading these discolorants on your teeth. When they stick to the surface of activated charcoal, they will stay there and will not budge no matter what you do.
Teeth discoloration can also result due to the presence of acid. An acidic environment also encourages plaque formation and erodes the surface of your enamel. Activated charcoal is an inert material that helps buffer and maintain your mouth’s natural pH. This will help limit plaque formation, prevent bad bacteria from accumulating, and preserve the enamel and natural flora of your mouth.
Another way that activated charcoal helps in teeth whitening is its anti-bacterial properties. By taking out bacteria, you have fewer worries about plaque and tartar formation that will discolor teeth.
Limitations of activated charcoal
Although activated charcoal is capable of whitening your teeth, it won’t help if the cause of your teeth discoloration is due to thin enamel and genetics. We discourage the use of activated charcoal powder for those with thin enamel because of its abrasive qualities. Although Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder contains kaolinite clay to help effectively whiten teeth, it does not have the capabilities of significantly thickening an eroded enamel.
Activated charcoal has the ability to draw out toxins from the skin to help ease mosquito and spider bites. However, as an inert material, it cannot draw out and change the natural color of your teeth. If you wish to whiten teeth that are naturally yellowish or grayish, please consult your dentist.
Activated charcoal really works in removing surface stains, leaving behind shiny, pearly white teeth. You may have to deal with a black mess on your sink, but it’s a small price to pay for removing teeth stains.
What’s your experience with activated charcoal powder? How long did it take for you to see results? Please share your experience and let’s compare stories in our comment section!