I Brushed My Teeth With Charcoal to Whiten Them
Who doesn't want whiter teeth? I know I sure do.
I've strived to achieve a mouth full of whiter-than-white ivories all of my life.
I now have decently white teeth, but getting there was only half the battle. Maintaining them is a whole other beast.
To keep my teeth looking their best, I brush them two times a day with whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush that has whitening bristles. Extra is my middle name.
My routine doesn't always work the way it's supposed to, so sometimes my teeth are left looking a little yellow due to all the coffee and soda I sip on the regular.
Because my teeth have been looking a little lackluster, I figured what better time than now to try whitening them using charcoal.
Normally I'm very skeptical of use types of products, but I'm so desperate for white teeth that I'll try absolutely anything. Without any hesitation, I purchased myself a $40 tub of the polish and anxiously awaited its arrival.
Before I go into detail about what it was like using the charcoal, I should probably divulge how it works.
The black stuff isn't your average, every day charcoal. It's activated charcoal, which is designed for medicinal use. Basically this type of charcoal is safe for you to use. If you digest some, it's not a big deal.
Because the activated charcoal has adhesive properties, it's supposed to work really well at ridding your teeth of just about every stain you can think of.
That's a pretty big promise and I was excited to see if the product would deliver.
The first day I used the charcoal was quite a ride. I kicked things off by wetting the provided toothbrush, dipping it into the charcoal and giving my teeth a good scrub.
Not going to lie, this stuff is messy. It got all over my sink and I basically looked like a horror movie character with it in my mouth.
(When you cough up your soul)
Luckily it wasn't too much of a pain to clean up, as I basically washed it all away. Bonus: No stains were left in my sink.
I wasn't a fan of the toothbrush that came with the charcoal. It was pretty rough and hurt my gums a bit. Though it's partially my fault because I do brush my teeth with too much vigor… whoops.
I was really surprised that the charcoal didn't really have a taste. I was expecting it to put this awful taste in my mouth, but it wasn't that bad.
When it came to rinsing out the charcoal, that was a bit of a pain. There was always a bit left behind in my gums. In hindsight, that's really not too bad. It got me to floss my teeth more regularly. I'm sure my dentist will be happy to hear that.
After using the product for a week, here were my results:
(Before vs. after using activated charcoal)
The differences between the two pictures isn't as noticeable as I was hoping. I wanted brilliantly pearly whites, which isn't exactly how my teeth turned out.
Looking at it now, I do see that they're whiter than before I started scrubbing them with the charcoal. I'll definitely continue to use it though to see just how white my teeth can get.
If you're on the quest for the whitest of white teeth like me, I suggest you give Carbon Coco's Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish a try.
It delivers on its promises of cleaning your teeth to the fullest, though dealing with getting it out of your mouth won't be that fun.
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