Saturday, 24 October 2020

Brush With Charcoal For Whiter Teeth!

You’ve probably heard about activated charcoal. It seems like it’s everywhere these days. From toothpaste and tooth powders to face masks, the popularity of activated charcoal has been on the rise over the past few years. It is even consumed in tablet and capsule form. In this article, I’ll explain what activated charcoal is and its benefits as far as teeth whitening goes.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a fine powder made from natural, carbon-containing substances, like wood, willow peat, bamboo, coconut husk and the like. The carbon is basically processed to have small, low-volume pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption. 

Why is activated charcoal used to whiten teeth?

Activated charcoal is very porous and highly adsorbent (meaning materials adhere to its surface). When used as a tooth powder or in toothpaste, it binds with surface stains caused by things like tea, coffee, wine and tobacco. In this way, activated charcoal can help remove day to day plaque and stains from the surface of your tooth enamel, revealing the natural colour of your enamel which, hopefully, is whiter.

How long does it take for activated charcoal to whiten teeth?

Results vary from person to person and can be affected by factors like your eating and drinking habits and the type of stains on your teeth. Whilte some people see results in as little as one week, most people will notice improved whitening of their teeth within 2-3 weeks. Results can also vary between using activated charcoal powder and using toothpaste containing activated charcoal. But some people just have naturally yellow teeth.

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