If you’re like me, you brush your teeth in the morning, but why does my mouth look like a zombie’s mouth when I do it?
Well, to get those perfectly white teeth of course.
Let me explain… 2 words: Activated Charcoal.
Before we go any further, lets get this one thing straight. This is not regular charcoal here. The regular stuff is just ‘burnt stuff’ like logs in a campfire, the charcoal is mixed with a ton of gross stuff that you wouldn’t want in your mouth. Ew.
Activated charcoal on the other hand has been purified and turned it into a powerhouse of porous material that sucks in impurities from the environment around it like a magnet.
This ‘sucking in’ property is what activated charcoal is famous for, it pulls in unwanted ‘bad’ substance into itself, leaving the area around it nice and clean.
It’s well known in the medical world, its stocked in many emergency rooms, ready for people who’ve overdosed on things like drugs and alcohol and to treat poisonings of all sorts, from chemicals to snake and spider bites to food.
And turns out it whitens your teeth like a charm. Better than that nasty synthetic bubblegum flavored gel you get your teeth smeared with at the dentist.
How does this work?
Tannins are found in many foods, wine, coffee, tea, and its these tannins that typically cause the stains and dinginess of the enamel of your teeth. And the activated charcoal loves tannins, it sucks them right off.
And don’t worry this stuff doesn’t do anything to the calcium salts in your teeth, it’s all good. In some countries this stuff is actually added INTO toothpaste – it’s 100% and safe.
Unlike the toxic fluoride thats added into all the popular brands of toothpaste here, but I won’t get into that now, thats an entire separate bag of marbles…
The “How To” Bit:
The powder comes in 2 forms: capsules and tablets. You want CAPSULES. This way you easily can open them up and one capsule usually gets you about 2 doses.
- Brush or clean your teeth as normal.
- Pour 1/2 tsp of activated charcoal powder into a tablespoon or little soy sauce bowl. Dip your wet tooth brush into the powder. You may add another drop of water or two to the mix. The idea is to create a little paste-like substance, otherwise you’ll just inhale charcoal powder and thats not too pleasant.
- Brush your teeth and tongue for about 30 seconds.
- Walk around the house scaring anyone you can with your gross zombie mouth. (This step works great if you have children in the house)
- Swish it around in your mouth for 15-30 seconds and hold it in front of your front teeth for 3-5 minutes. The longer you hold it in your mouth, the more it’ll remove.
- Rinse your mouth – very well. You’ll see why.
- Do this everyday for a week, or once a week for maintenance.
Activated charcoal is more than a natural teeth whitener, it also helps fight cavities, helps maintain a health pH balance in your mouth, kills bad bacteria, prevents tooth decay and gingivitis. It’s an all around win win situation, healthy mouth and white teeth.