What’s the quickest way to a dazzling celebrity smile? Turning them black, of course. Charcoal is the hottest new trend in the beauty and wellness world. It is also known for its effectiveness in removing toxins, bacteria, and stains from the teeth.
DIY charcoal toothpaste: you can make charcoal by slow-burning natural materials such as coconut shells, wood and peat, which are oxidized under very high heat.
Although fine, it is by nature gently abrasive which is why it is so good at cleaning our teeth above and below the surface. Charcoal toothpaste is also known to improve bad breath.
Does charcoal toothpaste really work? Activated charcoal has been a renowned method of detoxification for centuries in Eastern cultures. Unlike our livers and kidneys, our mouths can’t self-detox or perform a detoxifying function, so charcoal steps in to give it some help.
Charcoal is also commonly used for digestive or hangover issues as well as oral hygiene purposes.
Does charcoal toothpaste whiten teeth? – Yes! Nicole Scherzinger uses coal for whitening and is one of the many celebs who chooses to brighten their smile this way.
Some potential downsides of charcoal toothpaste are that it is too abrasive to use daily and can negatively impact enamel health. It also doesn’t contain fluoride which can potentially make your teeth vulnerable to cavities an decay.
Is charcoal toothpaste safe? – In terms of safety, our knowledge is still limited. Long term studies aren’t yet available on charcoal, but the before and after pictures that we’ve seen after usage are striking and enough proof for us to give it a shot! Post your own before and after on the ‘gram to see how you measure up to the competition. Also if you take medications already, be aware that the substances absorbent properties can interfere with medication such as birth control.
It’s a fantastic add-on to your existing dental routine, but not a magical cure for any deal issues, so we wouldn’t suggest throwing out your toothpaste just yet.