It is already clear that you cannot take a bag of charcoal from the day of kings or a gas station and rub it on your teeth. You can buy activated carbon in several formats at natural food stores or online. They include:
- Powders (both loose and in the form of capsules)
- Whitening strips.
The pills are primarily intended for ingestion and treatment of internal problems. You can grind them and add water to form a paste is odorless and tasteless, but it involves more time and there are other faster ways to get the same results.
The activated carbon powder for the teeth comes in small packages of 60-80 gm that should last several months. The fine powder can be mixed with water or other ingredients for brushing (later we will go deeper into this). You can buy it pure state – only coal dust -, or mixed with other ingredients that will help with the whitening or freshness of the breath.
How to use it?
In the following steps we will explain how to brush your teeth with activated carbon powder:
- Insert your brush in the water to clean it and wet all the bristles.
- Stir it to release excess water: it must be moist but not too wet.
- Put both your face and the jar with the charcoal powder near the sink to avoid dirtying it all, and if it happens, the spill is easy to clean.
- Dip your toothbrush in the dust, but do not overdo it, with a little more than enough.
- Lightly brush the teeth during the time indicated by the product.
- Do not be discouraged to see your mouth completely black.
- Rinse deeply by brushing also with water.
Alternatively, you can mix a small amount of powder and water in another container to form a paste. Some words of warning: although activated carbon removes stains from your teeth, it stains a lot. Store the container properly and keep it away from things like clothes, carpets and the joints of your tiles.
As mentioned above, you can also buy carbon powder in individual capsules, which are suitable for ingestion. It is possible to break one or two and brush with your powder. Some people consider it less complicated than using the bottle, unlike others who make a disaster by watering the powder when opening the capsules. Finally, according to your dexterity, choose which one you can best accommodate.