To be honest it’s hard to believe anything as black as charcoal could actually make anybody’s teeth white. But does charcoal really work the miracles it claims as a natural teeth whitener and more importantly, is it safe to use?
Being a natural product of nature, charcoal has been around for thousands of years dating all the way back to 3750 BC. Charcoal was most commonly used for intestinal ailments but these days you will find activated charcoal used for water purification through to beauty treatments.
What is activated charcoal?
Made from carbon, charcoal is formed once heated to high temperatures then oxidised which is a process known as activation. Activated charcoal has lots of small holes in its surface making it porous. This allowed the activated charcoal to soak up a variety of chemicals and is why you see it used for water filters.
How does it actually work?
Activated charcoal has an adhesive quality which binds to everything it touches such as teeth stains, tartar and bacteria. It works by drawing put and absorbing toxins and chemicals into its many tiny pores.
Does charcoal whiten the teeth?
The dental world has mixed reviews some dentists recommend it while others warn against this method as it can potentially damage tooth enamel thanks to the gritty abrasive substance of activated charcoal.
With all that in mind, the market is flooded with activated charcoal toothpaste powder, simply because we all want white teeth.
My teeth are not too bad but thanks to my coffee and red wine addiction, trying to keep my teeth stain free is proving difficult.
I’ve tried numerous teeth whitening products on the market, so far none have really impressed me enough to believe they are actually working. So far only a professional job performed from my dentist is the only teeth whitener that’s worked well.
Anjou Activated Charcoal Toothpaste
I’ve been using this product for a month now and feel I’m in a good position to give you my verdict.
Word of warning: it’s does get messy!
My daily routine for brushing my teeth:
I dabbed my toothbrush in the charcoal powder. Then brushed onto my teeth.
- I left for one or two minutes for the charcoal to activate.
Next, I rinsed away the black charcoal residue
- I brush my teeth again but this time with regular toothpaste.
- I then rinse again.
- Finally I rinse with mouth wash.
For such a small tub, the powder has really lasted and looks like it’s virtually untouched even though I’ve used everyday. The charcoal has a lovely minty flavour and does seem to have made a difference. Now it hasn’t given me a Hollywood smile but it does seem to have removed stains on my teeth and they do look slightly lighter in colour. Although I’ve used the product twice daily, I haven’t noticed an abrasion to my gums or teeth enamel and at my recent Dental check up, the Dentist did note an improvement in plaque.
Verdict: It did work at removing coffee and wine stains from my teeth which was great. But over time this is more a in between filler and doesn’t whiten my teeth as I had hope. So my verdict would be, if you can afford to get a professional whitening product from your Dentist, then I would. But if you only require simply stain removal, then activated charcoal toothpaste is for you.