I guess you might be wondering as to how charcoal can naturally whiten your teeth without causing permanent damage compared to some products sold on the market, that can potentially strip the enamel away and cause long term damage to the natural teeth with harsh ingredients such as peroxide and bleaching agents.
Charcoal induced products help to naturally whiten teeth after first use and don't cause long term damage from frequent use compared to harsher teeth whitening products on the market. If you've followed my blog for awhile now you will know I prefer the natural approach when it comes to my makeup/skincare when possible and that's no different for my oral hygiene routine. As mentioned in my video below, the Carbon Coco Charcoal Powder* works straight away and I can really notice results! However, I did mention about it not contributing long term to the overall health and condition of teeth. After some research, I've come to learn that Charcoal Powder is a highly absorbent substance. It works to remove chemicals and toxins and is also antifungal, anti-viral and antibacterial.
So onto using the powder itself and how it works to remove stains. Quite simply, it works by pulling toxins from the surface of your teeth to reveal a more whiter appearance, whilst leaving teeth clean and smooth. Not only this but activated charcoal can actually help to restore balance in the mouth by changing the pH and overall oral health by preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria.
Now for the fun part, actually using the powder neat! I received a tub from Carbon Coco which is pure activated charcoal powder in a medium sized black tub. Easy to use and great for storing away when not in use with the screw off lid. I twist the lid off and dip a wet toothbrush into the powder (watch my video to see a demonstration), I also make sure to use a manual toothbrush for this process and would highly recommend you AVOID electric brushes for the mess. Yes, it's a messy process I will not lie and your sink will most likely get stained, so make sure to keep this in mind. Once you've dipped your toothbrush into the charcoal powder you will then brush as normal for 1-2 minutes. Your teeth will turn black in the process but look white as you keep brushing and when it comes to rinsing you should notice a subtle difference after the first go. I haven't been using this powder long and have noticed significant results. I can't wait to see how whiter my teeth look down the line after using this for a good month or so and not just the past two+ weeks. I also mentioned in the video about my teeth being stained from constant coffee consumption (I normally drink 1-3 glasses per day). This can be tough to remove once the damage is done but by using these products in this post it's helped to remove permanent stains and whiten my teeth up naturally (Yes, it's a much longer process but oh so worth it, as I know my teeth will be in good condition for years to come).
Whitening strips make for a great on the go option if you're looking for quick results. The best thing about these strips in this post is the fact they come without peroxide and harsh chemicals that over time damage the tooth enamel. I can't recommend MR.Blanc enough for a more friendlier alternative to teeth whitening that's great for those of you who suffer from sensitivity and want a more natural approach. I have both the 30-minute strips and 15-minute dissolving strips. The 30-minute strips are the main teeth whitening strips that come in a black sachet with both top and bottom strip lines to place on dry teeth. These work over a 30 minute period and remove permanent staining by lifting stains from the teeth and then can be peeled off after the time period is up. These are best used indoors as they do not dissolve during use, unlike the 15-minute strips which come in the light blue sachet. This sachet is smaller in size to the regular strips and you only receive one strip per sachet. This means you then need two sachets to have a full set of strips for top and bottom teeth. These are perfect for on the go as they dissolve after 15 minutes and basically work as a top up, say after a long coffee break at your favourite cafe or after a glass of wine.
Toothpaste is an important factor when it comes to keeping teeth stain free and working on a daily basis to keep teeth as white as possible. I currently switch between four different pastes, three containing no fluoride and one which does from Beverly Hills Formula. Unfortunately, I've just finished my Aloe Vera toothpaste which I love and will need to stock up on soon as Aloe Vera works amazingly for naturally whitening teeth and keeping gums healthy. The next two tubes of toothpaste I use are filled with Active Charcoal but without nasty ingredients and completely natural. These are the Carbon Coco Charcoal Toothpaste* and MR.Blanc Bamboo Charcoal Polish; both of these work the same in my opinion. A great natural alternative to the Beverly Hills Formula charcoal toothpaste which does contain fluoride. Whatever you prefer I'm sure one of this toothpaste will appeal to you if you're going down a natural route or sticking to your everyday regular toothpaste with high levels of fluoride. Which ever you choose you can look into your own methods and research what ingredients go into regular toothpaste and decide if it's still for you. My dentist always recommends high fluoride toothpaste but since switching to the Forever Living Aloe Vera toothpaste he would always comment on my teeth and gums and how well I was doing. This is what made me switch to a natural alternative after reading up various articles on the harmful effects of Fluoride, but I won't be going deep into that on here.
I'd love to know your thoughts on natural alternatives to teeth whitening and if you've tried these products or natural teeth whitening approach and how well it worked for you! I'm two weeks into my regime and already noticing a bigger difference in the appearance of my teeth and can definitely recommend a more natural teeth whitening process if you want to avoid permanent damage. I think this method is great if like me you drink coffee on the regular or drink wine during the week that is notorious for staining the teeth over time. By using these products or the charcoal powder alone it will prevent further staining and remove the damage that's been built up over the months/years for much whiter teeth and a healthier oral approach without the need for harsh chemicals such as fluoride, alcohol, bleach and peroxide.
What're your thoughts on natural teeth whitening? Do you have the patience or would you use bleaching products?
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