Whiten teeth with activated charcoal is an excellent remedy to keep our teeth clean and healthy, as well as to prevent oral diseases.
The activated carbon is a porous carbon having the property of trapping organic compounds present in a gas or a liquid. Leaving aside its applications to purify water, purify air and gases, cleaning of spills, etc., what interests us are its medicinal applications and especially its benefits in terms of oral hygiene.
The applications of activated charcoal in the medical and pharmaceutical areas range from alleviating gastrointestinal problems – indigestion, flatulence, etc. – bacterial or viral infections, to both mild and acute poisonings by ingestion of drugs, poisonous mushrooms, etc. Activated carbon therefore has the ability to adsorb – attract and retain on the surface of a body molecules or ions from another body- the organic molecules that make up the aforementioned toxic compounds.
With regard to oral hygiene, activated charcoal removes contaminants, toxins and impurities, especially teeth whitening with activated carbon will bring the following benefits …
- Eliminates the base plate formed by harmful bacteria that nest in the mouth and helps regenerate the oral pH.
- Thanks to its adsorptive capacity of organic molecules it is capable of eliminating dental stains and stains due to the tannins and chromogens contained in beverages such as wine, coffee and tea, or the effect of tobacco nicotine on tooth enamel.
- It contributes to mitigate inflammations of the gums or gingivitis and to the prevention of caries due to its ability to adsorb microorganisms.
- Prevents episodes of halitosis or bad breath by eliminating the oral bacteria that cause it as well as that caused by intestinal fermentation.
Whiten teeth with activated carbon
Here are the guidelines to follow to whiten teeth with activated charcoal correctly, there are several options used that convinces you most …
- Option 1: Open a capsule of powdered activated carbon in a container and mix with a little water until a viscous mass is obtained, add part of that mass to the toothbrush and gently brush the teeth for two minutes, expel and rinse mouth carefully with warm water.
- Option 2: Mix an activated charcoal capsule with some normal toothpaste, it should not be bleaching, add the resulting mass to the toothbrush and proceed to brush normally, expel and rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water until any rest is removed.
- Option 3: There are toothpastes that include among their ingredients activated charcoal – toothpastes with activated charcoal – use these as any normal toothpaste, taking special care to rinse your mouth after brushing.
Finally, I must add certain precautions when bleaching teeth with activated carbon:
Activated charcoal is essential to be of vegetable origin – coconut shells, walnut shells, wood, etc. -and for medicinal use, it must not come from coals of mineral origin since most of them contain heavy metals, sulfides and other elements dangerous that can be dissolved in gastric juices.
The activated carbon must have been obtained by thermal activation, that is to say by subjecting the previously charred material to a temperature close to 1000ºC and in a saturated atmosphere of water vapor, and not by chemical activation since there are always remains of the chemical in the resulting coal.
The activated carbon does not cease to be an abrasive product to some extent and therefore, should be applied sparingly to avoid damage to the enamel and gums.
Regarding the effectiveness, with the continued and sequential use the whiteness of the teeth is improved several shades depending on the natural color of these.