Brushing your teeth with Charcoal might sound a bit strange, but Activated Charcoal actually has outstanding natural whitening and brightening effects on teeth! In this blog, I share my favourite Coconut and Binchotan Charcoal dental products and their benefits.
From filtering water to cleaning teeth, the natural cleansing power of Activated Charcoal can be used for so many different purposes. While using a black powder on your teeth might sound a bit counterintuitive, Activated Charcoal can actually help to thoroughly clean, whiten and brighten your teeth naturally! Conventional teeth whitening gels and strips can potentially damage tooth enamel over time, making Activated Charcoal an ideal natural alternative that is just as effective.
What is Activated Charcoal?
Activated Charcoal is often used for medical purposes to cleanse and detoxify the body and can be made from different natural sources, including Coconut shells and Oak branches. Binchotan Charcoal, also known as White Charcoal, is a traditional Japanese method created using mature Ubame Oak branches and activated through a unique process. The Ubame Oak are slowly burned in a clay kiln at low temperatures, then the temperature rapidly increased, starving the branches of oxygen and carbonising the wood. As it cools, the Binchotan gains its white appearance. Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal is made from mature Coconut shells, an abundant and renewable resource available year-round.
Read more about the difference between Coconut and Binchotan Charcoal.
What are the benefits of Activated Charcoal toothbrushes?
The manufacturing process gives Activated Charcoal a highly porous surface capable of attracting and absorbing particles from the mouth and filtering chlorine from tap water as a natural water filter. Known as 'adsorption', this process allows chemicals to bind to the exterior of the Charcoal so they can be removed from the body. Through its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, Activated Charcoal may also help to avoid bad breath. In a powder form, Activated Charcoal is fantastic at removing plaque, stains and build-up, helping to lift coffee, tea and wine stains to leave teeth sparkling clean and white, with its whitening power increased even more when used with a Charcoal toothbrush!
My favourite Activated Charcoal dental products
Life Basics Bamboo & Charcoal Toothbrush
The Life Basics Bamboo & Charcoal Toothbrush is made from Activated Binchotan Charcoal-infused bristles and has an environmentally sustainable bamboo handle. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of Binchotan help to clean and purify teeth and gums, reducing plaque, build up and odour-causing bacteria, and can even help whiten teeth! Available in soft bristle for sensitive teeth, regular medium bristle, or kids size, the whole family's toothbrushes can be replaced.
My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste Peppermint
In a vegan and gluten free formula, the My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste in Peppermint helps to polish, cleanse and whiten teeth without harsh abrasives or foaming agents found in mainstream toothpastes. Containing food grade Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal, Diatomaceous Earth and Bentonite Clay, this minty toothpaste acts as a gentle polish to help remove plaque and cleanse the mouth without damaging the enamel.
Pure Eden Activated Charcoal
Made from pure Activated Coconut Charcoal, the Pure Eden Activated Charcoal is a cost-effective bulk buy that can be used both internally and externally for a wide range of natural beauty benefits including facial masks, scrubs and teeth whitener. With its powerful yet gentle abrasive properties, this powder can be combined with a small amount of water to form a clean-tasting and cleansing toothpaste that lifts which helps to lift coffee and tea stains from teeth and draw bad bacteria from the mouth, providing support for healthy oral hygiene.
Warpaint Natural Teeth Whitener
The Warpaint Charcoal Teeth Whitener is designed to help whiten and clean teeth with the powerful benefits of Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal and Australian Calcium Bentonite Clay. This super fine, food safe powder helps to lift stubborn stains, correct discolouration and remineralise teeth, leaving them fresh, clean and sparkling white without weakening the enamel. Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal can also help to balance pH levels in the mouth, and fight off bad bacteria which can causes tooth decay. You can also mix it with coconut oil to make a toothpaste.