Is Charcoal Good For Your Teeth?

charcoal teeth whitening

You have probably noticed a recent trend all over the internet and social media of people using coconut activated charcoal for teeth whitening. If you are skeptical about it, whether or not it really works or it's just a hyped up waste of time and money, you have come to the right place, we going to spill all the beans.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is very similar to any conventional charcoal you can pick up from your local grocery store that is made from coal, wood, coconut shell, or petroleum but is made specifically for medical applications. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat conventional charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces and pores which helps help activated charcoal to trap nasty chemicals. Activated charcoal is used to treat poisonings, reduce intestinal gas, lower cholesterol levels, prevent a hangover, and treat bile flow problems during pregnancy, usually, it comes in a form of tablets. 


Activated charcoal’s pores bind with rough parts on your teeth, usually surface stains and plaque, making it easier to remove the yellowing substances. Once the charcoal has been given enough time to stick to your teeth around three minutes, it can be removed and when it is, the mineral takes the plaque, food particles, and surface stains with it. This is how the activated charcoal succeeds in whitening teeth – by getting rid of surface stains in one fell swoop. Activated charcoal has additional benefits for your oral health by restoring natural pH levels that prevent bacterial growth, reduce halitosis and remove plaque.

How safe is it?

Activated charcoal is a much safer alternative to widely available teeth whitening products on the market. Unlike many commercially available solutions, it does whiten your teeth without the use of harmful chemicals created in a lab, but instead it's a 100% natural product, however, you need to be careful not to over do it. Make sure you only lightly graze your teeth when applying the charcoal powder to ensure a light abrasiveness.

How to apply it for a best result?

The first step in whitening your teeth with activated charcoal is to purchase the mineral, we highly suggest to use Coco'creation a premium organic coconut charcoal made in Indonesia. 

The second step is very easy, simply dip your toothbrush into the powder and brush on your teeth gently for 2-3 minutes, to ensure that it has had enough time to bind with surface stains on your teeth, then thoroughly rinse your mouth out several times before brushing your teeth clean.