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Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening

Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening

Sounds strange that something as black as charcoal can be used to whiten your teeth, right? But it’s true. Since long, People have long since been using activated charcoal for teeth to whiten teeth naturally.

Activated charcoal is heated and oxidized form of charcoal (NOT the charcoal powder you use for grilling!). It has great absorptive and adhesive qualities that make the dirt and plaque stick to it and bind. Its use is not limited to teeth whitening though.

It has much wider applications in face masks, washes, scrubs and other beauty hacks. Other than that, it’s an extremely effective poison remedy as it binds the toxins but does not get absorbed or ingested by the body itself.

Moreover, activated charcoals effective for oral hygiene and preventing cavities and tooth decay. Here’s how you can use it for pearl white teeth!

What Do You Need

All you need is some activated charcoal powder, a toothbrush, and your regular toothpaste.

How to Use Activated Charcoal for Teeth Whitening


There are two methods for it: scrubbing/brushing and dabbing. Some dental health professionals have expressed concerns about charcoal being abrasive for teeth so dabbing might be a safer alternative. No matter what method you prefer, careful handling is required when it comes to activated charcoal for teeth.

For using charcoal by brushing method,

  • Take a clean toothbrush and dip it in some charcoal powder so that you have an ample amount of powder on it.
  • If you’re using charcoal capsules, then take a capsule and pour its contents on the tooth brush.
  • Brush your teeth in slight circular motion for 2-3 minutes.
  • Spit it out with great care (as you wouldn’t want to ruin the sink with stains) and rinse your mouth.

But, if you’re worried that charcoal is too abrasive, then you can also dab it on your teeth and let it sit there for 2-3 minutes instead of brushing/scrubbing it. If you’re not satisfied with brushing your teeth just with charcoal, then you can brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste after you have done it with charcoal. It won’t diminish charcoal’s effect in any way. Also, you can mix activated charcoal powder in water and swish it for 2-3 minutes.


  • Make sure to consult your dentist before using activated charcoal for teeth in case you have any fillings or crowns.
  • Charcoal does not bind with minerals so it won’t pull out calcium from your teeth.
  • If you have naturally yellow or non-white teeth, then charcoal might be of little help.

Frequently Asked Questions about Activated Charcoal

What is activated charcoal?

It is the charcoal made from different sources such as wood, coconut shell, bamboo, or coal, that is then “activated”, with steam or acid. This process carves away the internal structure of the charcoal particles producing a much higher [internal] surface area. This “activated charcoal” is then used in thousands of applications primarily to adsorb unwanted chemicals so that they can be neutralized or removed completely from the product that is being “cleaned”.

How long will activated charcoal last?

If stored in airtight containers, activated charcoal has an almost indefinite shelf life.

Does it expire?

If left exposed to the environment, in time, activated charcoal will adsorb various pollutants and eventually “fill up.” Otherwise, if stored securely, there is no expiration limit other than what certain arbitrary governmental regulations may require as a maximum.

Is it Food Grade?

Activated Charcoal is considered GRAS – “Generally Recognized As Safe”. More than this, some manufacturers may go a step farther and have their product certified under several different agencies such as NSF, USP, UL, ASTM, ANSI, AWWA…

Can you grind Granular Activated Charcoal (GAC) into Powder (PAC)?

Yes, you can. But unless you take the extra time, and effort it will not be as fine a powder as is commercially made. You will also quickly find it is a vey messy process.

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