Activated charcoal has become as common as CBD oil in today’s market. We’re seeing it in anything and everything. There’s just something intensely satisfying about seeing someone’s mouth a jolting shade of black before rinsing and revealing pearly whites that make Mr. Clean look like he’s suffering from tooth decay. It's like a practical joke that might actually leave you smiling brighter.
Is activated charcoal truly the miracle whitening ingredient that every Insta influencer swears by? Yes and no. Activated charcoal contains carbon, a substance that is used in most water filtration systems. The carbon acts like a magnet for any kind of unwanted particles. The idea is that anything preventing your smile from being anything less than luminous—red wine, coffee, tartar, and bacteria clings to the charcoal and is swept away the second you rinse. Activated charcoal toothpaste can remove surface stains, but is no substitute for toothpastes that contain fluoride or traditional bleaching trays you can get at your dentist's office. Every now and then, activated charcoal toothpaste can lift surface stains, reduce bad breath, and prevent future staining. Just don't start using it every day, its abrasive properties can seriously damage enamel, which is literally the opposite of what you want.
If you're feeling trendy and want to channel your inner supermodel Kendall Jenner but maybe don't want to spend $19.99 on toothpaste (she has her own brand called Moon, marketed on Instagram) you can easily make your own activated charcoal whitening toothpaste at home in just a few easy steps. I mean, who doesn't want a whiter smile? Pearly whites are the ultimate accessory that instantly make you look fresh-faced and pulled together.
What You'll Need
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of baking soda
6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil (try peppermint or lavender for an ultra-fresh feel)
Take your 1/4 cup of coconut oil and melt down in the microwave or double-boiler until completely liquified. Add your baking soda and stir thoroughly. Once this is fully blended, mix in your activated charcoal powder. Add in your essential oils after these three are totally combined. Store in a cool, dry, place in an airtight glass or tin container and allow the mixture to cool completely before using.
Once your activated charcoal whitening toothpaste has thoroughly cooled, it's time to start brushing and polishing those soon-to-be dazzling dentures. Take your toothbrush and and lightly wet it under the faucet. Dab your toothbrush into your toothpaste and brush lightly in small circles, ensuring you cover each and every tooth. It's important to brush lightly to prevent enamel damage, which can lead to further staining and yellowing. Complete this routine 1 to 2 times each week for a glowing grin that you can be proud of.
It’s so easy to incorporate activated charcoal into your beauty routine. DIY Activated charcoal whitening toothpaste is effective and affordable, leaving your smile and wallet feeling fabulous!
However, the ultimate key to maintaining white teeth? Super greens! While eating something green might seem counterintuitive to maintaining a dazzlingly white smile, superfood greens such as broccoli and spinach are natural cleansers while green tea naturally fortifies tooth enamel. Nutrii ORGANIC Super Greens + Digestion contains these ingredients as well as chlorella for Vitamin D and turmeric, a well-known antimicrobial herb perfect for removing plaque, bacteria, and inflammation.