Using Charcoal to Whiten Teeth?

Activated charcoal comes in pill form, and is as inky black as you would imagine charcoal tablets to be. These little guys have a number of uses such as extracting poison from the body, curing hangovers (apparently), and, according to a few people on the internet, teeth whitening. It seems pretty counterintuitive that something literally as black as coal could truly whiten teeth. Andrea Obaez, a fashion and beauty writer for Bustle gave the activated charcoal a shot for a week and honestly, the results are not that surprising.

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Coal Ain’t King

The theory behind activated charcoal whitening is that it can trap staining molecules the same way it traps poison in your gut. Although this is plausible, and it can trap stain molecules, it’s a long way from a theoretical possibility to an accomplished fact, which is why it’s important to test these theories before believing them.

The first thing that Obaez noted was that the activated charcoal is pretty hard to find, and she ultimately ended up ordering it off of Amazon. It came in a pill form, so she also had to break the pills up and turn the charcoal powder into a paste, which was not only messy but time consuming. Once she finally was able to brush her teeth with the black paste she was surprised by how clean her teeth felt, but did not notice any immediate whitening. It was basically the same story for the rest of the week, and she admitted that while her teeth did feel clean she was ultimately a little disappointed with the charcoal. Plus her mouth did not exactly feel fresh after using the activated charcoal.

Black and White

While there are definitely much more dangerous at home whitening techniques, the drawbacks that Obaez noted simply can’t outweigh the good aspects of it. Obaez was also pretty critical of fluoride (it was a major reason behind trying activated charcoal) despite the numerous benefits that it brings to dental health. I think that, given the evidence, it is best to stick with conventional toothpaste because it cleans your teeth, strengthens enamel, and also offers some whitening as well (though you should avoid whitening toothpastes with abrasive ingredients).

If you are looking to get teeth whitening done, there is no better place to go than the dentist. If you find yourself in Centennial and have any questions about teeth whitening, or would like to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Park Meadows Dental Care please give us a call at (303) 759-5652.