I’m not a vain person. But a person’s smile is the first thing you see when you meet. And your teeth are one of the most important parts of your body, not just for show.
I’ve always wondered why people would subject themselves to the commercial tooth-whitening products you see on the shelves when they are so highly toxic. Have you ever read the fine print?
Well, since I try to go as natural as possible in everything I do, I could not resist trying this natural tooth whitening challenge. I read about it on the Healthy Home Economist Blog and just had to give it a whirl.
I have had trouble with my teeth over the years, many problems. So many that when it comes to going to the dentist I cringe. I had my wisdom teeth pulled out with a hammer and chisel when I was 18 and it has been a rough road since. TMJ surgeries in my early 20s, braces at 24, the usual fillings and cleanings, a crown or two. It was when I had a crown six years ago and it killed my tooth, resulting in either a root canal or a yank, that I started educating myself on my teeth.
How could I stop this madness of fillings and crowns when I was just in my mid-30s at the time. At the rate I was going I would have all my teeth capped by the time I was 60.
That is when I started studying natural ways of preserving teeth and the inter-connectivity to the body and disease. I could write books about it, and may put a few chapters in my future book, but for now let’s just say I look at teeth a whole lot different than most people.
So, then the decision came on whether to have a root canal or pull the tooth, I pulled the tooth. Tooth Truth by Dr. Frank Jerome and Root Canal Cover-up by Dr. George Meinig opened my eyes.
I have since read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel and I’m on my way to stopping anymore damage to my teeth. This is not an easy thing to do, but I am committed. That is a story left for another day.
I digress. So, when I saw this article, I thought why not give it a try.
The magic powder that has made my teeth sparkly white again is charcoal. Yes, charcoal. Yes it’s black and yes it’s dirty, but oh does it every clean up those pearly whites.
Now it’s not the charcoal briquets you use in your Weber. It is activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is a staple in our cupboard for another reason, beside it’s new whitening ability. Activated charcoal is a natural detoxifier. We use it when we occasionally go out to a not-so-healthy restaurant and have a particularly additive/ preservative rich meal that makes the kids crazy. Then I pull out the charcoal capsules to work their magic.
I have been using charcoal every evening before bed for two weeks now and my teeth are remarkably whiter. It cleans off the tanins that occur naturally in tea, coffee and other foods. And, activated charcoal is absolutely safe. It is the same ingredient they use in hospitals for overdoses of drugs.
This new magic whitener is just amazing. It’s very simple to use, but may be a little messy. There are many ways to use it. Some companies have it in their toothpaste, other people mix it with water. I do it the most simple way.
How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally with Activated Charcoal
1. Open one capsule of activated charcoal and pour it into a small cup or bowl to keep near your bathroom sink. One capsule can last up to three brushings.
2. Wet your brush and dab it into the charcoal and then brush it gently on your teeth. You can either brush for a minute or so, or just let it sit on your teeth. Keep the charcoal on your teeth for 3-5 minutes so it can absorb the tanins.
3. Look in the mirror and admire your black teeth.
4. Spit out the charcoal and rinse with water.
5. Brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste. Flouride-free recommended. Flouride is not good for you and in fact hurts your teeth. I use Coral White.
6. Look in the mirror at your newly whitened teeth and admire. You will feel fresh and clean like you just left the dentist. You may see a difference the first time, but it will probably take a few weeks to really get your sparkle back.
Activated charcoal is pretty easy to find and inexpensive. Here are a few links if you want to buy it online.
In the United States
Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal, 100 Capsules is $8.39
Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal, 280 mg, 90 capsules is $6.59
Nature’s Way Activated Charcoal, 100 Capsules is £7.11
Swanson Activated Charcoal, 260 mg, 120 capsules is £5.99