How to Whiten Teeth Naturally with Activated Charcoal
Lately, I’ve been using activated charcoal to whiten my teeth naturally at home. It’s by far the most affordable whitening solution I’ve used, and it doesn’t make my teeth or gums sensitive at all. You can read more about activated charcoal and its many uses here.
What You’ll Need
- Activated charcoal
- Activated charcoal is available in powder form and in capsules. Both are relatively messy and can stain clothes, so be careful! If you use capsules, you’ll need to cut or break them in half, so powder may be a little easier to contain.
- A toothbrush
- The charcoal will leave the bristles looking dingy at best, so you may not want to use your regular toothbrush for this.
What To Do
- Wet your toothbrush and put some activated charcoal on it. If you’re using capsules, cut or break one in half and pour the contents over your toothbrush. This can get messy, so be sure to do this over the sink! If you’re using powder, sprinkle some over your toothbrush.
- Brush your teeth using the activated charcoal in place of your usual toothpaste. Again, this is a messy process, so lean over the sink!
- Brush again. This time, use toothpaste.
- This requires regular maintenance like any whitening method. I do it every week or so.
Here are my beautiful sister Emily’s teeth before and after whitening with activated charcoal:
You can see some residual activated charcoal in the after photo above because it was taken before brushing with regular toothpaste.
Where to Buy Activated Charcoal
Natural and health stores usually carry activated charcoal, but it might be cheaper to buy online. 100 capsules cost about $8.00 on Amazon; buying a pound of powdered activated charcoal for $15-20.00 is more cost effective and less messy in my opinion.