ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Does Activated Charcoal whiten teeth?

Updated on November 15, 2017

I have seen a few ads on various social media outlets regarding activated charcoal being used as a natural whitening agent for teeth. The ads generally feature women in bathroom settings brushing their teeth with the death black substance (for 3 minutes as instructed by the pirate mouthed beauty guru in the video) to reveal pearly whites that you can basically see from space. My partner is a smoker and also a grape farmer, and wine is plentiful in our home, as are teeth stains I suppose.The instant gratification sector of my brain started flashing and I knew I needed to try this magical, result getting, sludge looking potion. Activated charcoal is specifically used for medical applications. It’s created by heating up charcoal using a gas that creates large pores in the mineral which trap chemicals. It is odourless and tasteless.

The social media brands were priced a tad high for my liking ($49.95 for the most popular brand) so I went looking for an alternate product, generic or knock off. I ended up finding generic Activated charcoal capsules (90) for $.13.99 at the drug store.I love a deal, how could I resist? Activated charcoal can be used to remedy poisoning, or help with gas issues. Some people also scrub their bodies with the charcoal, as it is popular now in face wash. Now the capsules are easy to break apart onto a wet toothbrush, so the different form of delivery really doesn't bother me.

I based my experiment on a 7 day trial, 1 time a day, for 3 minutes at time( I have sensitive gums so I brushed lightly and applied a paste instead of brushing hard for 3 minutes as instructed).

Activated Charcoal capsules

Day 1: "Brushed" for 5 minutes. Made a small mess as the powder gets all over my sink, but easily cleanable. I was a bit worried the death black powder would turn my teeth black as it looks as though it would easily stain, but there was no real issue. I did have a small amount of the powder still stuck in my gums, which I flossed out after. Teeth felt smooth and very clean. Looked slightly more white, the stain down the middle of my tooth seemed to be lifted. There may have been a chance my mind was seeing things, in my quest to find the secret to the pearliest of whites.

Day 2-6 : Scrubbed teeth and sat around making faces at myself for 3 minutes. Rinsed and examined. Teeth seem slightly cleaner/whiter. I legitimately feel the charcoal scrubs stains off with its grit. Could still be pseudo results. Who knows.

Day 7: Teeth have definitely whitened, not visible from space, but still major stains gone! Not the Whitening tool the internet tells you it will be, but still a successful cleaning agent in its own respect.

Conclusions-

Activated Charcoal WILL de-stain your teeth, the rough grit of the charcoal will scrub your teeth smooth and stain free. Will not make teeth the whitest colour on the block but it will lift coffee, wine, and smoking stains! Will recommend to anyone looking to amp up their oral health, and satisfy their cosmetic preferences!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)