Charcoal Treatment – be it for face or teeth is all the rage these days. The charcoal has the property to absorb free radicals, toxins and other negative and harmful substances in our body. Charcoal is positive in its chemical nature and has the quality to absorb. Normal charcoal is got out of burned sawdust, coconut shells, bones, coal etc. When this charcoal is subjected to high heat than the chemical structure of the normal charcoal changes and becomes activated charcoal. Such activated charcoal is porous and is capable of absorbing any elements with negative chemical structure. So this is the chemistry behind the charcoal treatment. This potential of activated charcoal is tapped to remove stains, toxins, bad odour and dental calculus from the teeth and mouth.
Read on to find various recipes using charcoal for teeth whitening:
You will need:
- Activated Charcoal Capsule – 1 (or) Activated Charcoal Powder – less than a teaspoon
- Tooth Brush – 2
- Wet one of your toothbrushes.
- On that brush empty the capsule of activated charcoal powder. If you are using loose powder then follow the recommended amount.
- Wet your mouth and just brush your teeth with the charcoal powder.
- Go about gently in circular motion.
- Brush all through the mouth for two rounds and then spit it.
- Then wet another brush and remove the residue charcoal powder by brushing once again.
- Wash your mouth thoroughly.
- Remember to clean the basin immediately as the charcoal will stain it.
If you don’t find activated charcoal then you can use normal charcoal powder. The alternate method to brushing is swishing your mouth using charcoal powder. In that case, mix the recommended amount in a glass of water and swish with it. Make sure there is no charcoal left in your mouth. Cleanse thoroughly. If the charcoal is available in tablet form then powder it.
You can follow this method for three consecutive days. Then try this after five or six months, if necessary.
- Don’t ingest the charcoal powder.
- Activated charcoal is very powerful so don’t follow this method daily. This is not your normal toothpaste.
- If you have veneers, crowns or dental fillings consult your dentist first.
- If you have sensitive teeth then don’t use the brush. Use your fingers instead.
- If your teeth are stained because of antibiotics, then this process may not work.
- And if the stain is because of any internal problems treat the problem first.
- Children should avoid trying this method.
Activated charcoal toothpaste – How to make it?
- Activated charcoal – half a teaspoon
- Baking soda – 2 tablespoon
- Coconut oil – 2 tablespoon
- Bowl – 1
- Container – 1
- Heat the coconut oil.
- Pour it into a bowl.
- Add baking soda and activated charcoal powder.
- Mix well.
- Transfer it to a container.
- Store it in a cool dry place.
Coconut oil is a nice base for a toothpaste because of its anti-bacterial properties. Baking soda is an alkali that neutralizes the acid in the mouth and is helpful in removing plaque and stains.
Activated charcoal has now become a western concept. But our forefathers have been using this to clean their teeth centuries back.