The paradoxical love affair.
Activated charcoal is everywhere. People are eating it, drinking it, washing with it and most commonly, using it to whiten their teeth. I don’t mean raw charcoal of course. Leave the stinky clumps of soot-stain where it belongs: the BBQ and your Christmas stocking, naughty-you. We’re not talking charcoal; we’re talking about activated charcoal.
So what is activated charcoal?
Activated charcoal (also called activated carbon) is a charcoal that has been treated with a few gasses to purify it completely and turn it into a porous material that sucks in impurities from the environment around it. This “sucking in” property is called adsorption, which is something different than absorption. It basically means that the porous surface of activated charcoal attracts material a bit like a magnet and holds it in its pores. This leaves the area around it clean.
Ok… How Does it Whiten Your Teeth?
This is where the love affair gets steamy so put the kids to bed and pour a glass of red, particularly tannic wine like- wait a minute! Activated charcoal LOVES tannins. Have you ever heard about those? You can find them in many foods, coffee, tea, wine, etc. These little buggers attack the enamel of your teeth. Here is where it gets kinky: tannins love the enamel of your teeth. Activated charcoal loves the tannins, and the tannins love activated charcoal more than your teeth. Your enamels honor, and dignity is saved.
You know what activated charcoal doesn’t love? The calcium salts tooth enamel is made of. The perfect couple!
If you would like to host this beautiful, symbiosis, between your teeth and activated charcoal and are ready to take the relationship to the next level, do yourself and your mouth a favor: be sure you buy a high quality product.
Activated Charcoal Shares Affection with Coconut Oil
The most effective toothpaste is a blend of organic peppermint essential oil, baking soda, sea salt, coconut oil and active bamboo charcoal powder.
Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of coconuts. It is high in lauric acid, which has been known to kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses in the body. It attacks harmful bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Together, activated charcoal and coconut oil become a power couple like Bragelina (that's a thing right?).
What results can be expected?
It depends on the expectations. Remember, this is not a bleaching product, it is a cleaning process. Carbon paste removes sediments, but has no effect on the natural color of the teeth. Coffee drinkers, tea lovers and wine drinkers and others will certainly be be pleased with the results.
Newlywed Teeth and Toothpaste Tips
- Wet your toothbrush thoroughly.
- Dip your toothbrush into the activated charcoal toothpaste.
- Start brushing! Gently brush for 3 to 5 minutes. Spit periodically into your cup, rather than sink. This will make cleaning up easier!
- Rinse your mouth well with water. Be sure to brush your tongue too with water as it will be black.
- Dump your spit cup into the toilet and flush.
- Clean any excess paste residue on your sink with a baby wipe.
Too Much is Too Much. Balance: The Basic Rule of All Happy Relations.
In the beginning, we can treat our teeth with the activated charcoal toothpaste for a few days in a row. Later we remove only the sediment that is being built on a regular basis, so once a week will be enough. This healthy relationship is dependant on personal space. So let them miss each other once in a while :)
...And They Lived Happily Ever After.