Activated charcoal is probably one of the best ways in which you can whiten your teeth. It is also one of the cheapest methods of tooth whitening. So, is it safe? That is what we are going to discuss on this page.
How Does it Work?
As you may know, activated charcoal absorbs certain elements. In this case. When you apply it to your teeth (just like toothpaste), the plaque and stains on your teeth will be attracted to it. As the activated charcoal will absorb it, you will easily be able to remove the stains from your teeth. However you must insure to not scrub your teeth too hard as the activated charcoal can be abrasive. As long as you make sure to light scrub your teeth all will be fine!
Is it safe to use?
The only known side-effects from using activated charcoal are a result of long term use. Even then they are minimal and not severe.
There are currently no observed side-effects of using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth. People have been doing this for decades now without any ill-effect, so you do not need to worry too much about you being the ‘exception’ either.
Side-Effects of Using Activated Charcoal
The only prominent side-effect of using activated charcoal when you are whitening your teeth may be a blackening of the tongue. This is not dangerous, don’t worry. You can easily remove the activated charcoal from your tongue by scraping it with the back of your toothbrush. It should b easy to remove. You should try to ensure that you remove it as soon as possible as it may impair the taste of your food. You will eventually end up swallowing it.
The only time we can really see activated charcoal as being dangerous when you brush your teeth is if you take certain medications shortly after. If you do end up swallowing the activated charcoal, then the activated charcoal may bind to the medication which will lessen the impact of the medication on your system. Try to brush your teeth 2 hours before you take your medication to avoid this.
How Can You Avoid Side-Effects When Whitening Teeth with Activated Charcoal?
Easy! You just do not swallow it (even though it is normally perfectly safe and beneficial!). When it comes to brushing the activated charcoal off your teeth, make sure that you get all of it. Some people may also rinse their mouth out with mouthwash shortly after to ensure that their mouth is completely clean. It is probably worth pointing out that it is likely you will swallow a small amount of activated charcoal. You should also ensure that you are not brushing your teeth too often with the activated charcoal. Sure, you may be able to get away with brushing your teeth once per day with it but, to be completely honest with you, it is going to be far better if you just clean them every other day. It will still remove the stains.