First, is activated charcoal safe? Check out this blog post before using your activated Charcoal product. It’s important to know there isn’t enough evidence available to know whether activated charcoal has any adverse reactions to teeth.
Second, it’s important to know everyone is going to get a different result from whitening with activated charcoal depending on how dark your teeth are before starting. While using whitening products, it’s a good idea to avoid other drinks and food in your diet that cause stain, such as coffee, tea and red wine until you’ve finished your whitening regimen.
How to whiten with Activated Charcoal
1. -Choose the activated charcoal product you want to try. You can choose between Toothpaste, a jar of powder, pill form (break the pill open for the powder).
*We recommend finding a charcoal paste or powder with a RDA below 100 to prevent damage to tooth enamel.
2. -Make toothbrush slightly wet.
3. -Remove excess water from brush.
4. -Dip brush into the charcoal powder.
5. -Dab off excess powder (a little goes a long way).
6. -Brush teeth like normal, for 2 minutes.
7. -Rinse mouth thoroughly to remove the charcoal. Spit directly into the sink and use water to keep the sink clean.
*if you use a charcoal toothpaste, skip step 4 & 5
There are a few things to be aware of…
1st- It’s messy!! The ash is black and it is going to get everywhere. Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate junk t-shirt, and be ready to clean out the sink. We also advise not to use an electric toothbrush. The toothbrush will splatter the charcoal. We would also hate to see the charcoal gunk up the mechanical parts of the electric toothbrush which could lead to malfunction.
Bonus tip: Brush while you’re in the tub or shower. It will be an easier cleanup!
2nd- You have to brush for 2 minutes. No cheating!! It’s important to brush long enough in order to get to all the surfaces of the teeth. Brushing for two minutes will remove all the plaque which will make your teeth look brighter. Brushing harder will not allow you to be done sooner. In fact, you could cause damage to the tooth enamel or gums if you’re to abrasive.
Bonus Tip: Start a whitening product the day you get your teeth cleaned at the Dentist. All the plaque and bacteria will be removed at your visit which will help get you the best possible result from a whitening product. At this time your cleanings and whitening touch- ups will be on the same schedule.
Bonus Bonus Tip: At your dentist appointment, ask for a sample of sensitivity toothpaste. Some people may experience sensitivity after using a whitening product.
3rd- Use it twice a day for 2 weeks to get the full benefit. People have reported a difference in tooth color after a single use of activated charcoal, but it can take up to 2 weeks of use before you get to noticeable shade difference. Note: some people report no change in color at all.
Does activated charcoal work?
We had to find out the answer to this. So, we had our Dental Hygienist, Christina give it a try. See the video to find out what Christina thought of using activated charcoal…..