Published on Fri Jun 2, 2017 - 2 min read
Black Magic: Activated charcoal, the blackest ingredient for the whitest smile.
Popular as a toothpaste in Japan for years, the unique properties of activated charcoal make it great at fighting plaque and removing stains. Activated charcoal (carbon) gets its name from the process of taking charcoal, which is created from the controlled charring of coconut or willow bark, and exposing it to high-pressure steam. This process makes the charcoal extremely porous and enhances its absorbing properties.
This “activated” carbon is 100% alkaline and highly negatively charged. These properties make charcoal great for absorbing impurities on the tooth as well as alkalizing the mouth, which fights plaque formation. Plaque is a biofilm that thrives in the warm and moist environment of the mouth. Plaque also creates an acidic environment that can dissolve tooth enamel and cause many oral complications. Activated charcoal disrupts this process helping prevent plaque buildup.
To use activated charcoal simply place any all natural toothpaste on your tooth brush and then dip it in some activated charcoal powder, add water and begin brushing. Your mouth will be black and your sink might look messy but do not worry! When you rinse your mouth, you will be treated to a brighter and healthier smile.
So the next time you are at the Shoppe picking out your favorite natural toothpaste add some activated charcoal and experience its unparalleled power to whiten teeth for yourself!
James B. Summitt. J. William Robbins, Thomas J. Hilton, Richard S. Schwartz, Jose Dos Santos Jr., ed. Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach.
*This information is intended for educational purposes only. The Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated these statements. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult with a physician.