Most people think of charcoal as something you throw on the barbeque, but it has been used since Egyptian times for anything from purifying water to getting rid of bad smells. In Ancient Greece, Hippocrates treated his patients with charcoal and the Romans ground it up to clean their teeth.
Today, activated charcoal continues to be used in hospitals and water treatment plants. Its porous structure means it soaks up poisons and harmful chemicals. But in recent years, this ancient substance has been emerging as a hot new ingredient in the dental and beauty industry.
Google charcoal toothpaste and your screen will be filled with witchy black mouths. But while brushing your teeth with a black or grey paste might look odd (and it’s probably best to replace those laundry-fresh white towels with something a little more stain resistant!), charcoal’s qualities make it ideal for whitening and cleaning.
Charcoal whitens teeth by absorbing dirt and stains like red wine and coffee from the surface of the teeth. Those same absorbent qualities also soak up bad smells and help freshen the breath.
Of course, you can get too much of a good thing. Be careful of charcoal toothpastes that are too abrasive as they could damage the enamel on the surface of the tooth.
Best Charcoal Tooth Paste
Later this year, I will be launching a new whitening toothpaste containing charcoal. Dr Richard London – Charcoal Toothpaste combines charcoal with a special blend of natural polishing ingredients to create a toothpaste that brightens your smile naturally.