How to Whiten Teeth With Charcoal

How to Whiten Teeth With Activated Charcoal

Years ago, a reader from India told me about a natural way to whiten teeth and it is the only method I’ve used since that time. Her suggestion? Whiten teeth with charcoal!

Whiten Teeth With Charcoal?

I was very skeptical that charcoal could actually help whiten teeth. I already kept activated charcoal around the house since we have kids and this highly absorbent substance is often used in hospitals for food poisoning. Because I kept it around the house, I’d also seen first hand what happens when it spills on a kitchen floor (grout = permanently ruined) so I was afraid it would stain my teeth and not whiten them.

How Charcoal Works

Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the GI system, so chemicals and toxins adhere to it, which then pass through the body and are expelled by the digestive system.

In the 1800s, two men took lethal doses of poisons (including arsenic) and survived without harm… their secret: they mixed the poisons with activated charcoal powder. (Stating the obvious: do not try to repeat these experiments!)

Activated charcoal is extremely effective at binding to toxins from household chemicals, ingested medicines, and other chemicals from the body, especially when taken within 30 minutes of ingestion. For this reason, it is a great first treatment for any kind of poisoning, but should not be taken within several hours of medications (or even vitamins) that DO need to be absorbed.

I had used Activated Charcoal when I had an awful bout of food poisoning, and it worked wonders!  I mixed about a tablespoon of activated charcoal with water and drank quickly. The food poisoning symptoms went away within a couple of hours. This one dose was enough to remedy my food poisoning, but others report having to take this dose several times within a day before finding relief.

Charcoal is not a substance I would take regularly, as it can cause constipation and block mineral absorption if it is taken when it is not needed. Also, it can’t be mixed with dairy products or many foods, as they lower its effectiveness. Charcoal can also cause dehydration in large doses so it is important to consume enough water when charcoal is consumed.

How Does Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?

how to whiten teeth naturally with charcoalSo, it’s all well and good that activated charcoal is an effective poison remedy… but does it really work to whiten teeth?

First, please excuse my weird smile in those pictures and the bad lighting in my bathroom… I was  trying to show all of my teeth (I don’t usually smile like that! 🙂 ).

As I said, since the powder stains everything, I had always worried that it would do the same to my teeth (one of my kids dumped it in the kitchen one time and it does stain tile, grout, clothes and shoes… just so you know!).

I did some research and found out that even though it temporarily makes the mouth look extremely black (see picture above!) it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. (Fair warning: when you open your mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it would stain my teeth.)

To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too (you can sort of tell in the picture above… the lighting didn’t do it justice though).

Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this reason, I now use it as part of my remineralizing protocol for teeth, along with my remineralizing toothpaste.

Of course, it is important to check with your own doctor and dentist before using this or any substance internally or orally.

How I Used Charcoal to Whiten Teeth

Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush). Lean over the container of charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well.

Your mouth will feel amazingly clean…. your sink, not so much! Use as often as needed. Readers have also reported mixing the charcoal with water and swishing with it for two minutes.

This video shows how I brush with charcoal:

Where to Get Activated Charcoal

Most natural health stores carry activated charcoal in loose powder or capsule form and it is also available online. I keep both the powdered and capsuled forms on hand in case it is needed for poisoning and I keep the powder in a small glass jar for tooth brushing. Make sure that the charcoal is from wood or coconut sources and not petroleum-based.

It is also very important to note the difference between food/supplement grade activated charcoal and other forms of charcoal. I hope it goes without saying, but I’ll say it to be safe:

Do not use any other form of charcoal besides activated charcoal in your mouth or internally. Do not use leftover charcoal from a BBQ grill or charcoal briquettes. Do not use charcoal pencils or any other type of charcoal.

Charcoal Whitening FAQs

I’ve received some of the same questions about this process multiple times so I’ve asked friends who are dentists and done further research to try to answer them:

Does it Stain Crowns/Veneers/Fillings?

I don’t have any of these in a visible place to be able to share any firsthand experience. Readers have reported trying this method of teeth whitening without a problem on these types of surfaces, but I’d definitely recommend checking with your dentist before using this or anything else if you have any of these.

Does Charcoal Pull Calcium From the Teeth?

Another question that I’ve received often. As always, check with a dentist if you have concerns about your teeth and before using any substance to whiten them. From the research I found, charcoal binds mostly to organic compounds and not minerals so there should not be a concern of it pulling calcium from the teeth.

Is Charcoal Too Abrasive for Teeth?

This is one concern that some dental professionals have expressed about whitening teeth with charcoal and it is a valid concern. I was unable to find any research that evaluated how abrasive charcoal was to the surface of the teeth. A suggestion from my friend who is a dentist is to use the charcoal without brushing or scrubbing.

She suggested that anyone worried about charcoal being abrasive or anyone with sensitive teeth could accomplish the same thing by simply dabbing charcoal onto the surface of the teeth with a finger or cotton swab and letting it sit on the surface of the teeth for two minutes before swishing with water and rinsing.

This would allow the charcoal to come in contact with the surface of the tooth long enough to remove surface stains without the brushing or scrubbing action that could be too abrasive.

What Kind of Stains Does Charcoal Work On?

My dentist friend also advised me that activated charcoal will only work on surface stains that it is able to bind to, especially those from drinks like coffee and tea. This is because it creates its absorbent properties which allow it to pull these stains from the teeth. It won’t usually work on teeth that have yellowed from antibiotics or other internal problems.

Whiter Teeth? An Update

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After using the activated charcoal for a few months and swishing with diluted regular 3% hydrogen peroxide when I remember (at the recommendation of a dentist) I am really happy with how white my teeth have become!

Here’s a recent picture (cropped from a photo at a family wedding so it looks pixellated). Notice the difference?

What do you think? Am I crazy? Would you try it for whitening your teeth?

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  1. I feed my kids charcoal when they have diahrrea

    • Although this might sound odd, it’s actually quite true. Charcoal is used to treat stomach pain caused by excess gas, diarrhea, or indigestion.

      • I just wander if the calcium from the teeth binds with charcoal and weakens the enamel. After all calcium does bind with charcoal in other circumstances.
        Anybody knows?

        • My dad is 75 plus without a single tooth ever removed or stained.
          All pure white
          He always said , he used charcoal from his chilhood for brushing teeth
          due to economic reasons.And we were embarassed to hear
          But now i think he was right and we sholud br proud abt that.

          Although it is common in India to brush with charcoal who cannot afford tootpaste.

          • If you look at the ingredients in toothpaste, and research their properties and possible effects to your health, it may be a bit surprising. It’s not a matter of affordability that causes me to make my own toothpaste, it’s strictly for health reasons. No need to add more chemicals to my body than necessary as their are enough pollutants surrounding us already. Can’t wait to try the charcoal.

          • Rubbing a piece of plantain head in charcoal to brush the teeth is a popular practice in Ghana. Not only is it economical but effective as well.

        • It actually does. That’s why you have to brush it very gently with a soft toothbrush (don’t use your fingers! It will just hurt it).
          The first time I tried; Ibrushed gently with a toothbrush that had hard bristles, my teeth did get whiter automatically but after a few seconds later my incisors hurt for a while. Moral of the story: use a soft brush and brush your teeth real gently.

        • Activated charcoal mainly binds with organic compounds, not minerals.

          So, I don’t think we need to worry about it.

        • The calcium would have to be and simpler form for the charcoal to interact with it. No it does no harm to the teeth.

      • I swear by Activated Charcoal for HANGOVERS! It prevents hangovers for me if I take it while I’m drinking or at least before I go to bed and the next day I don’t wake up with that pounding headache. I’ve found as I’ve gotten older (45) I don’t do well with alcohol (even just a few glasses of wine) and end up feeling awful the entire next day until I wake up the following day. It works on any kind of alcohol not just wine. So now if we are going to a friends or out for dinner I make sure and take 2-4 capsules after drinking more than a few or before going to bed. Be warned that it does turn your poo black so the only scary part is if you forget that you took charcoal the night before. lol.
        This has been my best friend in this area for sure! I also tried oil pulling before for hangovers the next day after drinking but it didn’t really work for me. Besides AC prevents it instead of trying to treat it with Pulling.

    • m having plaque on my teeth can I get rid of it…with activated charcoal

      • In CANADA, Shoppers Drug Mart has it and other health food retailers

        • Not all shoppers in Canada sell charcoal

    • Saftey of activated charcoal.
      Hi I went to my pharmacy to buy charcoal and was told by my pharmacist the canadian goverment has now banned due to the folling health risks. I thought you should know. FROM ASPERATING THE CHARCOAL. Obliterative bronchiolitis, a life-threatening condition .

      • I’m not sure when you did that, but I just bought it in GNC in Alberta.

    • Does white activated charcoal works too? Thanks
      Cholie

  2. This is incredibly interesting, thanks!

    • I was wondering if it is safe to try this while pregnant?

      • It should be. Apart from the fact that you are not going to swallow the charcoal while whitening teeth, activated charcoal is also used to treat bile flow problems (cholestasis) during pregnancy.

        • Andrea, could you please direct me to some links that support that? I had cholestasis of pregnancy with my first baby and it was awful. I was told I will have it with every pregnancy so I am very interested in finding out how I can treat it naturally. Any help is apprecaited. Thanks so much 🙂

          • I would love supported links too. I had ICP with my babies too. Ana, I controlled a lot of mine with a really strict vegan diet. No sugar and no oil…except I think safflower. There is one oil that is not processed in the liver and I used a little of that one.

  3. I have used AC for years. After eating out and starting to feel sick I take 2 capsules and it usually stops the start of food poisoning. I also found that it works very well for my IBS and my 2 daughters use it for the same reason. It is always in my medicine cabinet.

    • Me too… that was 1/2 of my food poisoning recovery!

      • With using it internally for upset stomach or cleansing, is there a warning against using it if on long term medication, I know many of the clays come with advice against this as it absorbs the medicine.

      • could I use charcoal used for the fireplace or do I have to use activated charcoal for my teeth?

        • it has to be activated charcoal

        • seriously…read the article!

      • Quick question, how do you determine food poisoning from stomach bug? Is using AC effective for that as well I wonder?

    • I also am plagued with severe IBS. I currently take Dicyclomine on a regular basis. Sometimes it works but more often does not. Would the charcoal pill form work better? Really sick of missing work all the time and lack of pay.

      • You should try and take probiotics as well. I think it helps a lot. Also, I was dx with IBS in my 20’s…come to find out 20 years later, I am actually celiac. You can have a simple blood test for celiac, it tests for the antibiodies, and then a biopsy is done for confirmation.

        • I agree Probiotics are great and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders too. I had IBS growing up until age 27. Found out Stress and Anxiety don’t mix with dairy and fried foods. So I cleaned up my diet and got rid of the stress in my life.
          I’m going to try the Charcoal on my teeth and will try taking it when I have an upset stomach.

          • I absolutely love your website! As soon as I get my hands on some activated charcoal I am going to blacken my teeth to health and whiteness! I had IBS along with fibro and some other health issues. I cut out all wheat, I use my homemade Magnesium Oil, I drink water water with some lemon (peeled lemons and water from soaked seaweed pulverized in my Vitamix) and some Apple Cider Vinegar several times a day (this keeps my body alkaline and does wonders for muscle aches and IBS). I also soak chia seeds and blend those with a bit more water and slippery elm powder. Drink it with a wide straw (I drink this everyday). The Chia is loaded with iron, etc….eases IBS symptom, and a plant source of protein which is used often in some hospitals for children who have several problems digesting food. The slippery elm is like a wonder powder! It healed a multitude of ulcers in my stomach and intestines within 2 weeks. I had the scopes done before, so I immediately started taking 1/2 to 1 tsp daily; two weeks later I had a repeat scope and they were amazed that there was absolutely no sign that I had even had ulcers. Of course I let them believe it was their medication they gave me (and I didn’t take) –but I know it was the slippery elm. Slippery Elm can be bought in bulk powder form.

      • imipramine is better for IBS. I hear charcoal can help too but I needed something stronger

      • I use charcoal as a powerful detox remedy and if I eat anything not on my very strict diet. Systemic out of Ogden, Utah makes this. It is called BIND. It is great. If I eat something bad for me I take 4 capsules before and 4 capsules after. Or if I am having dental work which involves heavy metals i.e. Amalgum, gold, etc. I will also take 4 before the procedure and 4 after. If I take it just to detox. I have to wait one hour (without eating anything) then take 4 BIND and wait another hour so it won’t remove good food or medicine. Dr. Pompa (nature path) has many free articles and podcasts about it.

    • Where do you get the capules from??? Would a heal store carry them?

      • I’m in Canada and I bought my bottle of AC at Walmart. It was only $10.

        • Hi,
          I am also in Canada (Toronto) and have asked at a couple of Wal-marts and the sales associate looked at me like I was crazy.
          Which Wal-Mart did you get your’s at?

          • Charlotte,
            I’m in New Brunswick. I found mine on my own because no one seemed to no what I was talking about either. I found the Swiss brand in the supplement section.
            Cheers.

          • I got some yesterday at “the Nutrition House” which is a chain store – $13. May have it near you. Whole foods or any supplement store would have it too.

      • I ordered mine from Swanson Health Products. I was unable to locate AC from any of my local stores and swanson’s was the cheapest price that I found online ($3.39 bottle of 260 mg 120 capsules. Of course, they do have any array to choose from, that was the one I chose. Shipping costs may be a factor when ordering from them, but I had to purchase other items too (all cheaper than here at home) and cheaper than what I would spend on gas to go to the store. Arrived before the expectant delivery date also. I am using them for all my future health purchases.

  4. I have caps on my two front teeth. I am concerned that the charcoal will permanently stain my caps. What do you think?

    • yes, it will stain restorations & crowns

      • I use AC regularly on my teeth, and it has NEVER stained any of my composites nor my two porcelain crowns.(My crowns are my two top front teeth, so I would see staining if it was there.:)

      • didnt stain mine..

        • It did not stain mine either!

    • Holland,
      I have a porcelain crown. Before I used AC, I talked with my dentist and he assured me that the crown that I had would not be affected. I suppose it all depends on the type material used.
      I have used AC repeatedly without any staining.
      Cheers.

    • I have caps on both my front teeth as well. Have been using the AC as toothpaste for a week, absolutely no staining

      • I have metal allergies, so my bridge and crowns are porcelain. No staining for mine.

  5. will it stain a veneer? * I chipped 1/2 of one of my front teeth as a child. 

    • It shouldn’t. If anything, they should absorb it less, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with it. I found out after it stained my kitchen that it only really sticks on porous surfaces like grout and rough tile, and cloth, but comes out of anything smooth… I know one person who has a veneer and has had no trouble though.

      • It is interesting that it doesn’t affect the teeth like grout or tile, as teeth are porous too.

      • so how do i apply it and how long do I leave it on?

        • “How to use on teeth: Dip a clean, wet toothbrush into the powdered charcoal (or dump a capsule of charcoal on the toothbrush). Lean over the container or charcoal and quickly put the charcoal covered toothbrush in the mouth (this is to protect your sink). Brush in small, gentle circles for 2 minutes, spit carefully and rinse really well. Your mouth will feel amazingly clean…. your sink, not so much! Use as often as needed.”

        • Long answer to How to use capsules and Where to Find.
          My sister & her daughter use AC in capsules. She gave me a few but I’m still looking 4 my own bottle (surprised that Rite Aid, Lamb’s Grocery & GNC didn’t carry it).
          You can buy at Fred Meyer in OR. In CA I may try on-line or possibly Whole Foods. Directions: Hold capsule in mouth & chew lightly 2 break capsule open. Keep mouth closed and don’t breathe in too deeply. Let it sit in mouth about 4-5 min, making sure it has a chance 2 sit on both inside & outside of teeth. We swish it alittle but don’t use toothbrush. Spit into toilet & flush ASAP as it will stain sink. Rinse well. (If u breathed in too deeply, clean nose with a Q-Tip, especially the Tip of your nose Inside as it can collect there. Almost forgot results! I used 1 capsule 1 time. Can’t believe the results – absolute pure WHITE and SHINEY. I had seen my sis & her daughters results so knew it worked. Just didn’t expect amazing results. Couldn’t stop looking in magnifying mirror. Awesome that a product works like this. Love it & can’t believe I just became aware of AC (for whitening use) in my 50’s.

          • I’m in cali. Got mine from Walgreen. You can also order online from walgreen.com

      • Thanks for answering that, because that was my question. I was going to call my dentist on Monday to ask him about it.

        • Call him anyway. Let’s see what he says.
          I’d definitely be interested.

        • I cant picture any dentist or Dr ever approving of any natural remedies. Do they really exist?

      • Oh, good! I was just coming to ask this. One of my front teeth got chipped during surgery and I have a veneer.

      • My 9 year old has very bright white patched two front teeth. Her dentist said it is de-calcification and is a more porous surface. She has braces now so she is less self conscious about it, but when they are removed I worry. Her dentist said the only way to fix it is to drill out the front and put veneers over but I don’t feel alright with that option. Would you recommend this AC treatment for her.

        • I had those. It was from using fluoride. I stopped using that and used activated charcoal and did oil pulling and it is gone now

          • As a dental hygienist, I can tell you that there are different reasons for “white spots” on the teeth. Mostly, they are caused by demineralization or acid erosion and are frequently seen in ortho patients underneath brackets due to food getting stuck there for long periods. The bacteria eat away at the food and release an acid that breaks down enamel. People who breathe through the mouth, dry out their teeth and make the white spots more visible. Over time, and with the use of fluoride, it can remineralize the enamel. I used to have these spots as well and they are gone, but not from anything I did. Too much fluoride on the teeth during tooth development can lead to fluorosis, which is actually a brown stain. White spots that occur after teeth are fully erupted are normally from acid erosion,

          • Maria – as a dental hygienist you would have been sold The Full Monty on the “benefit” of fluoride to teeth. It is complete nonsense. Fluoridation (systemic absorption) will cause white flecks on the teeth (fluorosis) which are porous and can turn yellow and brown stained. Particularly galling knowing as we do now that fluoride – if it works at all – works topically. I’m quite sure that is because it is a poison and regular brushing regularly poisons the acid producing, cavity causing bacteria you speak of. So – yes – in that sense I suppose it would “work” with regular brushing. But otherwise fluoride is a deadly poison – fed to populations as an industrial waste product (hexafluorosalicic acid) dumped drop by drop with other waste poisons into our drinking water. There are very many indications of fluoride poisoning in the body and “modern diseases” that doctors gloss over as being “something that just developed”. And as far as I am concerned the lunatics have well and truly taken over the asylum in fluoridated areas. I know dental operatives are busy people – but just a small time researching this (Fluoride Action Network is one place to start) may cause you severe “cognitive dissonance” as they say. Although, a word of warning, it probably won’t help your career prospects if you start trying to tell others within your workplace what you have discovered!!

          • Cllr Chris Cooke,
            I believe that you owe Maria an apology! She does in fact know what she is talking about. I am also a dental hygienist and there is quite a difference scientifically and clinically with white spots on teeth caused by demineralization and fluorosis. I am positive from Maria’s responses that she spends quite a bit of time keeping herself updated with current dental treatments both naturally and also through the traditional Western Medicine approach. I will tell you that you have a lot more research that needs to be done on your end before you spout off information about how Fluoride affects teeth. You don’t seem to understand what is happening to a tooth’s structure on a cellular level with bacteria and different levels of PH. Please do not attack our profession…we spend a lot of time doing research, and have your best health in mind!!

          • Curious: Can this help in removing the dark color on lips caused from smoking?

          • The thing about activated charcoal is that everything binds to it, that includes fat soluble vitamins and minerals. Yes it’s great for detoxing and getting rid of heavy metals, but make sure you’re not depleting your system of nutrients too by limiting your intake and taking an multi vitamin (whole foods) supplement too .

  6. I was introduced to Activated Charcoal the first time my friend and I babysat her little sister. Her dad had left Triaminic open on the table and the little girl drank the whole thing down because she was “still feeling sick.” We tried to get her to vomit with ipecac but she started falling asleep instead. She ended up in the hospital – they gave her charcoal and pumped her stomach! Thankfully she was alright in the end! 

    As an adult I always have it on hand. It’s great for poisoning, food poisoning, or gas. I’ve never tried brushing my teeth with it, though! I have one very stained tooth. I think I’ll do an experiment and see if I can fix it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. Too funny. My dog ate a bunch of chocolate and I had to mix AC with water and dump it down her throat. It got all over her. Strangely, her breath seemed much better. Dog is fine of course. Thanks for the great info.

    • yah that’s about the only thing I know about charcoal. We got a christmas present we put under the tree not knowing it was chocolate and when we came back from the movies our springer spaniel had gotten into it and shat all over the floor and was running around like a mad dog. The vet gave it to her and she was fine. crazy mutt!

    • My puppy did the same thing and the Vet bill was $400. and they did the very same thing! With so many other uses I will keep some AC on hand from now on. Thanks Lisa and Wellness Mama!!

  8. This is great! I will definitely try it! I was just thinking about how I wanted to get whiter teeth today but I did not want to use white strips or something because of the chemicals in it, plus they are super expensive. 

  9. Since we prefer our own nutrient dense home cooking over any prepared food that can be purchased, we have made a habit of always bringing capsules of activated charcoal with us whenever we travel and the option of home cooked food is not available.  It has stopped many a case of restaurant induced food poisoning.

  10. I agree that charcoal can help whiten, but I’d like to see a real before picture. You can’t see what your teeth looked like BEFORE you started chewing the charcoal to compare the color.

    • You’re right… I didn’t think to take a picture before I started using it at all…. I honestly wasn’t sure it would work, so I didn’t think it would matter. I would love to see some before and afters from anyone else who tries it, and I’m still using it regularly, so I’ll post an updated “after” in a few weeks to see if there is any change between now and then.

      • something you don’t address is how it works (or perhaps doesn’t?) with fillings or caps. i wanted to get my teeth whitened and was told by my dentist that it wouldn’t work on my white fillings (and would in fact make the contrast even more apparent between white teeth and the less white fillings). do you know if the charcoal works on both tooth enamel AND porcelain/synthetic white fillings? would hate to have those be blackened while trying to whiten my teeth!

        your thoughts/insights?

        • I have a bridge across my front teeth where I knocked out one tooth. Since they are artificial and made a certain shade to match your other teeth they will not bleach out like your real teeth. If your fillings are very stained from coffee, wine, etc it should remove that stain but once it gets to that point and your other teeth keep whitening but the fillings don’t it will start to look funny.

        • It won’t blacken them, but it won’t whiten quite the same as it will on teeth either because they are different surfaces…

        • I sure wouldn’t believe everything your dentist is telling you (if he/she is a mainstream dentist). These are the very dentists who are either clueless or flat out lying when it comes to the real dangers of amalgam fillings (mercury). Go onto YouTube and search “smoking teeth”. You’ll find Dr. Kennedy’s 8 1/2 min. video explaining this. You can also get great info regarding this by watching the documentary “The Beautiful Truth” (available for rent via Netflix or for purchase from Amazon). Mainstream medicine/dentistry many times leads people in the wrong direction—making bad decisions that end up adversely effecting one’s health. People just aren’t connecting the dots.

          • Absolutely Dana,
            Mainstream Doctors/Dentists are the reason we have so many health issues in the first place. I’m not saying that they’re all purposely trying to make us unwell, after all, they’ve all had years of medical training that has programed them to believe and share what the drug companies want them to believe is right for us. Thankfully people are starting to realize the truth and begin turning back to what truly generates health and well being, the natural alternatives that were used in the first place.

            An amazing read for anyone interested in learning more is Elaine Hollingsworth’s book titled ‘Take control of your health and escape the sickness industry”. This can be found at http://www.doctorsaredangerous.com

            I find it truly empowering to be aware of what really is good for our physical and emotional health instead of relying on what conventional medicine tries to dictate.

          • My question/concern is, knowing how effective AC is at removing toxins in the body, is it likely to draw mercury from amalgam fillings whilst using it in your mouth?

          • I second Toni’s question! Can anyone point to research showings that it is safe to use while having mercury fillings intact?

            Thanks!

        • Tooth colored filling are made from a semi porous material. Yes once the filling is placed in the tooth it is filed & smoothed but is not like enamel or porcelain.

          • Regarding if it’s safe for mercury fillings. People keep asking if it pulls out the mercury when you do this, or oil pull. A biological dentist in Austin TX, says, that mercury vapor leaves your mouth 24/7 regardless of what you eat, drink or do. Get them removed by a biological dentist and mercury won’t get into your body.
            BTW, I did this with coconut charcoal nervous about my crown, and white filling and it didn’t stain them or change them in anyway.

        • I am a hygienist and your Dentist is correct. Any restorative materials in your mouth will not change color. This is because they have been cured at some point in the process. If your natural teeth are darker then your restorations, you could whiten until they match, but if your natural teeth are already lighter, it will make your restorations show more if you continue to lighten your natural teeth. The charcoal does not have the ability to lighten them.

          • I had a gap between my 2 front teeth when I was 13 years old I had them “bonded” they were brilliant white as we’re my other teeth however after 20 years my natural teeth and “bonded” teeth have both been stained with coffee and smoking…they are still the exact same color though no difference between natural and bonded…both stained equally….would this remove the stains from my bonded teeth as well as natural or since they are stained would I have to remove them and have them rebonded…I’m scared to do that and them appear different since they are so natural looking

    • I have a coworker who introduced me to AC and her teeth are super white. I recently found out through another coworker that my other coworkers’ teeth are really white because she brushes with AC. That encouraged me to start brushing with AC. I am starting today! I hope this helps.

  11. are you using the AC every day, or just occasionally?

  12. Hi there! I’m a new subscriber and I cannot believe I haven’t come across your site before! This is so helpful.

    I’ve wanted to do something for teeth whitening for a while. I have badly stained teeth from coffee. I can’t wait to try this out!

  13. This is hysterical and I am so trying it.

    Here is what I know about activated charcoal. After my 2nd kiddo was born I had a terrible problem. Let’s just say it was a problem that most teenage boys would be proud to have. I was not. at. all. proud.

    Sigh – true confessions – I was a fart machine. I could not control them, and they STUNK. Like, oh my word, BAD.

    As you can imagine this was rather distressing to me. I tried many things and finally read to try activated charcoal – and the problem was cured instantly. Really. That afternoon.

    So, add that to you list of uses!!

  14. This is awesome.  I had no idea.  I have sensitive teeth so all the strips and other whitening treatments are not an option for me.  Thanks!
    Missy – that is awesome it worked for that, too!

  15. I tried brushing my teeth this morning with the AC. Surprised that the taste is neutral. I used a designated toothbrush now reserved for this purpose since I knew it would stain. I also used the utility sink in the laundry room. It takes a lot of rinsing to remove the charcoal from mouth and teeth. I even brushed my teeth with regular toothpaste to get ride of the tiny particles. I’m excited that this has potential for good gum health. I plan to continue this routine a few times a week and see if the teeth get whiter.

  16. I wonder if this is at all harmful for the enamel.  I have some stains on my teeth, possibly partly from taking antibiotics for extended periods, and would like to try it.  I guess you brush gently so that the abrasiveness won’t hurt the enamel and gums.

    • Yeah, gentle circles, but really, the powder is very fine and not very abrasive at all, from what I understand. It is definitely less abrasive even than baking soda, and that has a very low abrasive rating.

    • There are different types of stains, intrinsic (within and extrinsic (external).  
       Tooth whitening aids work for extrinsic staining. Stains that develop on the outside of the tooth, typically from foods or beverages: i.e. tea, berries, coffee, etc.  

      Intrinsic stains form from inside the tooth and are often caused by certain antibiotics (tetracycline) taken as a young child during critical tooth development or your mother ingested certain types of antibiotics during pregnancy . The tooth could have been injured, too.  Yellowing (from within the tooth) can occur from aging, too.  These types of stains are much harder to reverse and involves micro-abrasion techniques – removing tooth enamel. 

      • Just to note, the micro-abrasion technique is done by a dentist. 

      • Taking supplements and changing the diet can also have a noticeable effect on tooth color. My husbands teeth were yellowed from antibiotic use as a child and his have whitened considerably in the process of working to reverse his cavity.

        • If over a lifetime, your husband never had his teeth whitened, then he was likely much like most people with some external staining.  Any potential lightening may have been surface whitening  improving overall appearance without whitening the inside of the tooth. 

          • Possibly, but he noticed the biggest changes from improving his diet/supplements, and not just from the oral regimen he was on.

    • It’s also important to note that the inside layer if your teeth (the dentin) is yellow, and the outside layer (the enamel) is white. If you scrub too hard, you’ll weaken the white enamel and reveal the yellow dentin.

  17. Great idea about using the utility sink!

  18. What about those who have natural teeth AND a partial/bridge/denture?  Remove them when using AC or does it stain the artificial ones?

    • It shouldn’t stain any of those, but it also won’t remove stains in the exact same way, so if the artificial ones are lighter, I’d leave them out, if they are darker, I’d leave them in. You probably won’t see as much of a change on the artificial teeth because there is no living surface to remineralize.

  19. I wonder what your thoughts on using this with a 20 month old? She has tooth decay happening with brown discoloration around her lack-of-enamel spots 🙁 We cannot night wean, so I am going to do it naturally. Tomorrow I will be making the toothpaste from your site.

    • It won’t hurt her at all, and it doesn’t have a taste, though the color might make her really curious :-). Is she taking any supplements? I’d encourage the cod liver oil/butter oil blend, the probiotics, vitamin D and some magnesium if she isn’t already taking them, as this will give the internal support for remineralization also. Also, making sure she isn’t eating much grains, sugar, nuts or beans for at least a couple of months will help the remineralization process. Good luck!

      • (oops, meant to reply here, doing so just in case)

        What does the mag do and is there a form I could actually get in her? She’s not much of an eater still. I can squeeze a CLO/Butter oil capsule in her mouth on occasion. I’ve been pondering mixing coconut oil, Vit D, perhaps the CLO/Butter oil into some kefir? She actually drinks that. Might be a great way to hide what she needs. In the past she has enjoyed drinking lemon-flavored fish oil, perhaps that would be helpful too? And about the AC, there wouldn’t be a problem with her swallowing what’s on her teeth? I don’t want it to be a waste, you know?

      • Hi wellness mama. What exactly is the cod live oil/butter oil blend, the probiotics, vitamin D and magnesium do? Also how much of each?

        • the FCLO blend helps replenish Vitamins D, A and K plus Omega-3s, which the body needs to build new dentin and enamel. The probiotics help with the good/bad bacteria ratio in the mouth and the Vitamin D and Mag are necessary for new bone/health formation. I take 1tsp+ of FCLO daily, 2 capsules of probiotics, and Vitamin D and Mag daily.

  20. What does the mag do and is there a form I could actually get in her? She’s not much of an eater still. I can squeeze a CLO/Butter oil capsule in her mouth on occasion. I’ve been pondering mixing coconut oil, Vit D, perhaps the CLO/Butter oil into some kefir? She actually drinks that. Might be a great way to hide what she needs. In the past she has enjoyed drinking lemon-flavored fish oil, perhaps that would be helpful too? 

    And about the AC, there wouldn’t be a problem with her swallowing what’s on her teeth? I don’t want it to be a waste, you know?

    • I wouldn’t give her large amounts of the AC, but the amount on her teeth should be fine. My kids will take it in applesauce.

    • I don’t think it would be a good idea for her to swallow what is on her teeth because of it pulling out any toxins. If she swallows it, she will ingesting the toxins the AC just pulled from her teeth.

  21. Had a similar experience with McDeath…started feeling drunk and toxic after eating then came on the nausea and diarrhea.  Quickly took a capsule, then dumped 2 caps in water and drank it.  Only threw up twice and within half of an hour I was all better!  I felt like I suddenly woke up.  The fog was gone.  Totally sold on charcoal as a poison remedy and will keep it always.  Next up- trying to whiten my teeth with it!

    • you might be gluten sensitive. Those are the symptoms I get if I eat gluten products.

      • or msg sensitive. i often feel funky, foggy, and toxic after eating in restaurants. must be msg. although they don’t add it, it’s often hidden in sauces and seasonings used by restaurants.

  22. Charcoal is the most disgusting thing I’ve EVER tasted.  It literally tastes like charcoal from the barbeque. This might work but I would never ever ever do it.

    • Did you try activated charcoal? I wouldn’t try regular charcoal, but medical grade activated charcoal.

  23. My concern is does it damage the enamel of the teeth. Would love to hear from the dentist who told you it’s good for whitening I find it’s to abrasive for the enamel.

    • It is not supposed to be abrasive at all. A couple of dental hygienists have confirmed in the comments on Pinterest that it isn’t abrasive. They also mentioned that baking soda can also be used for brushing to polish teeth.

      • As a dental hygienist, I would love to see some documented research on the microscopic abrasiveness of AC on the enamel before determining if this was a safe method or not. Please don’t take a dental hygienist’s word off of Pinterest as truth! I do have concerns with this, but do not have an answer without more research.

  24.   I  will never try this again! It stained my teeth and now it looks darker then before. Also  i can’t remove black between my teeth!

    • Rinse your mouth with water… The black will go away

      • How often can this be done? I tried it for the first time today and it produced absolutely AMAZING results on not only me but both of my parents as well!

    • My teeth did the same thing. I had to scrub with baking soda after and rinsed and rinsed and my gums are still black, all around the edge of the tooth. I imagine it will go away in a few days, but my actual teeth aren’t any whiter than before I started.

  25. will try this but ill just buy charcoal the one local made from wood hope this help me whiten my teeth and prevent the gengi on my teeth  thank will reply for results and how often did you use it ?and how long are the results will show up? and can this remove bad breath?

  26. Have you tried using charcoal on Veeners or bridges? Just curious if those would stain since they are both artificial.

  27. In south Asia where I’m from many people in villages who can’t afford toothpaste have used charcoal for centuries. It does work.

  28. I just tried this after coming from a cleaning at my dentist.  I figured it would be a good time to start the whitening process.  I opened a 520 mg. capsule of activated charcole that I got from Swanson Vitamins onto my wet toothbrush and brushed for two minutes then rinsed really well.  I also should mention that I have a fixed, bonded bridge on my bottom front three teeth. 
    This in NO way stained any of my teeth and in fact, made them look really clean and I think whiter.  I am going to continue the process a few more times to see if I can get more of a whitening effect, but this did NOT stain my bridge and also the charcole washed away really easily.  Thanks for your really interesting website and keep these great ideas coming!

  29. As an RN I wish you would have placed your warning at the top of your entry.  AC not only changes the Ph of the mouth, but can change the Ph balance of the entire body, which can have dire consequences, particularly for patient s with specific medical conditions like Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, kindey and liver issues, etc.  If you use it for poisoning, be sure to follow up with emergency care asap and if you plant to take it all, but especially regularly – discuss it with your physician and pharmacist. 

    • Most physicians and pharmacists wouldn’t have a clue about it because it’s not made by a pharmaceutical. You are probably quoting something a pharmaceutical would say.

      • Wow – that comment was full of stereotyping! My husband is a physician and pharmacology is all chemistry and organic chemistry, so yes, they do understand basic chemistry. Just because its not made by a pharmaceutical company doesn’t mean that physicians and pharmacists don’t understand its chemistry and how the body responds metabolically. Your post was severely short-sighted. Of course physicians and pharmacists know all about chemicals – they use them every day!

  30. I’ve been using Edible Clay aka Calcium Montmorillonite/Green Clay/Red Clay for years to:

    Whiten, exfoliate, and rid my teeth of germs (my dentist was shocked that I hadn’t seen her in 2 years with almost perfect teeth!), cleanse my intestines for weight loss, exfoliate my face and body, push out metals, parasites, bacteria, toxins from the body, relieve a stomach ache, and to create a natural band aid when I’ve cut myself (you add water and turn it into a thick mud which dries and stays on your skin). I finally divulged my secret about this a year ago and I have several friends and strangers who are hooked like me!

    • Where can the clay be purchased from?

    • Hello Leo’s,,,I just caught this on the thread ,I’m going thru comments on this activated charcoal, tell me more about audible clay and can I get it at a health food store? How do you use this for all those things you listed? Thank you so much

  31. wonder how it would work with braces?

  32. What about fillings? I have some new fillings that are the composite to look like my tooth.  My fillings were expensive, so I hesitate to test this out and end up with black spots in those places. 

    • Others have used it without a problem, but maybe try it on a little spot first to make sure? I’ve found that brushing with baking soda will get any excess charcoal off…

  33. Thanks for sharing this! I found this really interesting and enjoyed the read. I will have to consider having some activated charcoal on hand at our house. 🙂 

  34. Live this article !!!! My mum has always told me this story of my pop. He always swore to everyone that charcoal made your teeth white so whenever anythings was charred ( meat wise ) on the BBQ etc he always ate it. Mum says he had the whitest teeth she knew. So I will be pleased to show her this blog post as although what he did was not quite the same I’m glad he knew 🙂

  35. How does this comport with the fact that charcoal on burnt food is carcinogenic?  Am I missing something here?

    • Two reasons: this charcoal isn’t from burnt flesh and those studies focused on consuming it internally in significant amounts. This type of charcoal is actually used in hospitals to remove toxins from the stomach in cases of drug overdose or poisoning

  36. So how is it best to administer to a baby/toddler (assuming food poisoning) – open a capsule into water and try to make them drink it? And how much is needed?
    Also, for different poisonings, I’d assume capsules would take too long to dissolve in the system – it would have to be administered quickly in a liquid…correct?
    Thanks!

    • If a baby/toddler ingested a poison, I would be going to emergency…its not something I would want to mess around with.

  37. I have read all the comments and am still confused.  I am 45 & have yellow teeth from taking tetracycline when I was a kid in the 70’s.  I had my teeth bleached at the dentist 10 years ago.  My teeth aren’t quite as yellow but they are still in the yellow spectrum after the dentist bleaching.  Does anyone know if this will work to get my teeth any whiter?  

    • It might help pull some of the toxins and help lighten some… my husband had antibiotic related yellowing too and the dietary stuff was what really reversed it for him, especially the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and removing Phytic acid from the diet.

      • How do you remove Phytic acid from the diet & what is it??

  38. to avoid the mess in the sink, I just step outside, brush my teeth, rinse and spit on the grass….no mess to clean up

  39. My biggest question would be in regards to..what does it do to the enamal of the tooth…hydrogen peroxide will erode the enamal when used consistenly…enamal does not grow back and this leads to increased sensitivity of the tooth..amoung other issues.  I do not want to take a chance on my enamal when it cannot grow back.

    • I’d check out the book Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. Enamel actually can grow back, but it is actually remineralizing from the minerals in saliva (this is why diet is so important). The charcoal will not pull enamel off. Several dental hygienists have commented on this post on facebook and pinterest saying that it is safe.

  40. In my Country (México) Indigenas clean their teeth with a burned tortilla, they have the whitest smile you’ve ever seen. I did it some few times and it really cleans your teeth.

  41. Are both photos of your teeth after whitening?  And I’m concerned about peroxide.  There are toxins in it and it can be damaging to cell health if not diluted.   You need to get food grade peroxide only.  You can contact me if you want more into.

    • Both are of my teeth, but the second one isn’t very good resolution, unfortunately.

      • how hard is it to take another picture in the “selfie” age. This always happens. People make claims about their teeth being fixed or “whitened” and you would think it’s brain surgery to just take another quick picture with the same quality. instead the pics never match or one is darker and has shadows.

    •  I’m not sure where the concern about peroxide comes from. My DH is 70 years old and literally holds peroxide in his mouth while he flosses. Has his whole life and has the healthiest gums his dentist has ever seen. He uses the stuff from the drug store, nothing special. He also has exactly zero chronic health problems, no high blood pressure, no heart problems, no ED, no nothing. Has everything he came into this world with.

      • The hydrogen peroxide in the drug stores contains heavy metals. They will be absorbed into the body and blood stream. Food grade diluted down to 3% would be a safer choice.

  42. I’m planning to try this! Can’t wait to see how it works for me. 🙂

  43. My family has been using Charcoal for years, its our family remedy for almost everything!!! My aunt owns Charcoal Works, she sells a pure form of charcoal, you wouldn’t believe whats in some of the major brands. She even started making a patch form of charcoal, like a bandaid. it sticks to your skin and works like a miracle on bee stings and spider bits. check it out! an amazing lady that sells an amazing product. Its funny because most people i talk to about charcoal think I’m totally crazy. Now I’m not alone!!!

  44. What is 3% peroxide???

    • Just the regular kind in brown bottles available in most places…the kind you would use on cuts.

    • DO NOT USE IT!!!!
      Peroxide will, over time, weaken your enamel. You will ultimately end up ruining your progress. You also should never use it on a cut because a cut needs to re-seal and peroxide makes the wound heal from the inside out. Peroxide is good for scrapes but not cuts and NOT your teeth! Use the charcoal but do not use the peroxide!

      • I specifically asked my dentist about this today and he said 1 or 2 times a week will not hurt your teeth.

  45. do you still need to brush with toothpaste?

    • I use this in combination with Ora Wellness brushing blend but I know people who use it alone

  46. I think that the whitening may be due to the peroxide(I am an RDH) but the use of AC for poisoning is a fantastic solution! 

  47. Don’t do this. I know about this because where I work we speak about what people used for everyday things in the 18th Century. Yes, it will potentially make your teeth whiter but at the same time it will rip away your enamel.

    • I”d love to see your research on this. I’ve had multiple dentists verify that it is fine and while the doubted it worked, they didn’t think it was harmful.

  48. Hello wellness mama, I have started to research some ways I can whiten my 11 yr olds teeth, she had an accident when she was 8 and knocked a chunk out of her front adult tooth. Unfortunately the nerve was exposed and died and she had root canal to the tooth. As there is no ‘life’ in the tooth it has started to go grey. She has had the chunk rebuilt and it retains its colour but its starting to be an issue for her with peers. We have been told it can be crowned when she is about 20yo or bleach it ( I would rather not bleach her teeth as its chemical and it can make the already brittle tooth more so). We’ll look into this method a little more and find out if it will work on her lifeless great tooth.

    Steph

    • Sorry your child had this front tooth injury. But I wouldn’t advise capping it, but instead replacing it with an artificial tooth. It is now understood that a root canal leaves a permanent hiding place for bacteria which affects your whole body health. There are many tubules in the tooth that do not get sealed off. Read on Dr Mercola’s site for more documentation. The gray color is because it is dead. The charcoal isn’t likely to make any noticeable change.

  49. Is this safe to do with mercury fillings? Could it possibly pull the toxins out of the filling?

    • I have read not to use hydrogen peroxide on amalgam fillings, but haven’t seen anything bad on charcoal. It is used as an anti-toxin and can bind to harmful things, so I would think it might bind to anything it pulled out if it did…

      • Hi Wellness Mama! I have a metal dental bridge. I’m not sure what type of metal it is exactly… but it was glued to the back of my six front natural teeth. Will the AC absorb the glue or dissolve/discolor the metal? I’ve tried researching… can’t seem to find anything on this. Please let me know when you can! Thanks so much!

        • From what I’ve read, it shouldn’t as it doesn’t react in that way, but I’d check with a dentist if you are concerned

  50. “Black Magic” was invaluable when my children were little. It consisted of 1 tablespoon AC, 1
    tablespoon slippery elm, and 1 tablespoon carob powder. I blended this in a cup
    to a cup and a half of tepid water and added a little honey (tsp or so). Each with
    a straw, the kids slurped it up readily, pretending they were aliens consuming
    strange things. All signs of diarrhea vanished promptly and the kids were up
    and bounding about again. The slippery elm prevents the constipation and the
    carob powder is supposed to be healing to the gut, and also adds flavor. The
    honey helps the medicine go down.

    When we were raising sheep one of the ewes got an overdose of grain and became very sick. It was a holiday and
    when I called the vet, he said that it didn’t sound like she had long to live
    and he was too far away to make it in time, as he was out of town, a couple
    hours away. I decided if Black Magic worked on my kids so well, it wouldn’t
    hurt to try it on our special “Daisy.” I filled a large glass soda
    water bottle with the mixture, added a lamb nipple, and headed to the barn. Sat
    all night with that wooly head in my lap, force-feeding her Black Magic. She
    managed to down the entire bottle, then settled into a sound sleep on my lap
    (she was a full grown animal and only her head fit on my lap), as I sat on the
    straw. Dawn approached, and she stirred awake, rose onto her feet and began
    bleating for her hay. A few weeks later, she shed all her wool, which happens
    when sheep get quite ill. She survived to a very nice old age.

    • I had a similar experience with some of my goats. We had cleared some new land for them, but there was obviously something there they shouldn’t have. Only my favorite goats got it though. Vomiting, diarrhea, pain, shaking, etc. I made a ginger tea, added AC and some oil(that was supposed to cut down on the foaming). Anyway, used a drench gun and gave them each a healthy dose. Within a half hour they were no longer in pain, and by morning they were all still alive – that was miraculous. Another drench was needed on my stubborn buck, but they all survived and were fine by the next evening. I’m positive I would have lost them without the AC.

    • Oh I love this post. Thank you.

      • Love the animals stories!

  51. Activated Charcoal is the best thing to use for a tooth ache. Rub the AC powder all around the gums of the tooth that is hurting.

  52. Just be careful of the hydrogen peroxide, swishing with it two often can cause a hairy stained tongue.
    RDH

  53. since it cleanses toxins from the body, would it be safe or effective to use before starting an all natural diet in order to get a jump start on cleansing?

  54. I’m going to try this because I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for 18 yrs (since my second child was born) and constant intestinal gas – just like Missy! But I’m wondering how much and how often I should use it for these purposes. Can anyone out there offer some advice? I’m 49 years old and weigh 115 lbs – if that matters. Thanks!

    • If I were you, I’d do a bunch of research on probiotics and also possible food allergies (like gluten). My grandma was diagnosed with IBS and probiotics greatly helped her. We also tried going gluten-free, and results were inconclusive, but many of the symptoms of IBS mirror gluten sensitivity. Gluten intolerance can produce any of hundreds of symptoms, or no symptoms at all (crazy!! and very under-diagnosed). Google is your friend here…start searching and reading! (Excuse me if you already know this…of course I can’t tell.)

    • I also have IBS, which is treated mostly with lifestyle changes. I was supposed to do the GAPS diet, which is ridiculous (mostly gluten free plus dairy free and you can only eat certain veggies). I have found, however, that dairy does seem to be related to bloating, and I’ve mostly given it up for the past seven years with great results. Exercise helps reduce symptoms of IBS. Probiotics also help. Sometimes I use bentonite clay internally. Maybe activated charcoal would help too, but I find the above approach is usually adequate.

  55. Great post. Pls answer me questions:
    How often I have to clean my teeth with charcoal – everytime, when I clean my teeth with toothpaste?
    Shall I clean with charcoal Before or After the classic teeth cleaning?

    • I do once to twice a week before regular brushing

      • could the toothpaste be used regularly for 2 straight weeks?

  56. Wow, this is very useful. I don’t like using regular toothpaste so I’ll give it a whirl. And Missy, thank you for the tip on the GAS problem, I’ll have ny boyfriend try some

  57. If you have porcelain veneers or caps on your teeth, would it stain them? This sounds amazing and your teeth look great!

    • No, it doesn’t stain veneers, and unlike the regular tooth whitening strips, it works on veneers and natural teeth. the tooth whitening strips don’t work on veneers. I drink tons of coffee, and the AC keeps both my veneers and natural teeth white.

      • That is AWESOME news. I got veneers 25 years ago and have lamented that my only option for improvement was …..new veneers. After I read this article, I immediately searched for “veneers” and found your post.

        I’m thrilled beyond belief. Thank you

        • Katie: So then I read the rest of the comments, and further down is one from a woman who said the AC actually appeared to have detrimental effects.

          I wonder if you might do a poll of your readers? Or if you have any other information beyond these few comments?

          Thanks

  58. Well whitening with the charcoal is the oldest method but still many people follow it because it provides great results.

  59. Tonight I brushed with AC for the first time I plan on taking pics along the way . Im a long time smoker ,tea and cola drinker and my teeth are a very yucky yellow . Its embarrassing I also have crooked buck teeth sigh I cant afford 300 to get the chemically whitened at the dentist or braces to straighten them for that matter . AC with its many uses will be a staple in my home from now on . So as for whitening and cleaning my teeth feel amazing ! I cant see a difference in color yet but its only day one!

    I brushed with one capsule of AC
    brushed with water
    flossed
    brushed with toothpaste
    rinsed with peroxide

    pics of before during and after

    • the after picture looks a bit whiter than the before picture – so I’d say it is working!

    • I have your same teeth! My husband says that if I got them fixed I wouldn’t be me! I say we smile big! Not everybody gets to have amazing teeth like us!

    • Thanks for posting with photos!

  60. Dear, you need to be VERY careful with that hydrogen peroxide. My MIL cares for a lady who after years of swishing with it and maintain good oral hygiene is experiencing her teeth rotting from the hydrogen peroxide. My MIL consulted with her dentist and I did the same as well and they both confirmed it that is contributes to it over time. I will never swish with it or take it orally. I urge you to plz reconsider using that so-called remember. Thank you for the informative article about the activated charcoal though. Will have to give it a try. Have a lovely evening, dear. xo

    • You are absolutely right! Peroxide weakens your tooth enamel by making it soft and thus bacteria gets in.

    • I was always told to dilute the peroxide in water, very low ratio to water. Like 1:4

  61. Heck ya I’m going to try this out for sure thanks for sharing

  62. Finally got my boyfriend to try this along with swishing with hydrogenperoxid! He was surprised it not only didn’t taste bad, but the back of the hydrogenperoxid bottle actually recommends using it to kill soars in the mouth! Lol, he’ll be brushing with me from now on 🙂

  63. You have to be very careful with this. Although charcoal is know to whiten teeth it is abrasive to the enamel. Frequent use wil destroy your teeth.

  64. I will definitely be trying this. My family has always used charcoal for various remedies (including spreading a paste of it onto my sister’s mysterious & very painful bite/sting– and her taking it internally– which made it disappear!) but never thought of using it for teeth! I have a big problem with yellow teeth so will try this ASAP.

  65. Someone may have already asked this – but do you know if the charcoal will stain fake teeth implants? The bottoms of my two front teeth are capped with artificial tooth reconstruction stuff because I broke them when I was a kid. Do you think it would stain this?

    • Yes many have already asked, just read the comments for your answer.

      • What about a front tooth that has had a root canal done on it, no cap. Will it stain or hurt this?

  66. I would like to try this. I was concerned, because I have veneers. But after seeing the others postings, I’d like to try it. I had my veneers put in in 1985 and they still look great but they have yellowed. All my teeth have, so they match the others. I believe that the natural tooth underneath has darkened because of being covered (much like acrylic nails do). I asked the dentist if there was any way of whitening them from the back, and he said no. So, I’d like to try this as a experiment.

    • Just curious, did you try it on your veneers, and were you happy with the result?

      I have veneers on the top front, plus I had a chip occur on one where I had to have a “mini” veneer bonded over top of the other one, I sure wouldn’t
      want any black lines showing up there !

  67. Its also true that natural teeth whiteners are more safer than the
    chemical products. Because chemical whiteners could also directly harms
    your teeth. So be careful..

  68. I am going to try it today because I cannot spreak in public and I have been looking for solution, my teeth is brown and I have bad breath, thank you very much for telling me this. God bless you real good

  69. Activated charcoal really does work wonders, my parents used to feed it to me all the time!

  70. What’s the difference between activated charcoal and charcoal from the fire or from burning wood, could I use that? I heard Queen Elizibeth I used charcoal for her teeth. Great article btw, I use Fuller’s Earth and coconut oil and baking mix for toothpaste atm, my teeth have never felt better!

    • Gertrude — what is baking mix? Are you referring to baking soda or baking powder?

  71. I think it needs to be mentioned that this should be used with caution especially if one takes medications, as the charcoal can interfere with/ remove the medication from one’s body…otherwise it is pretty safe to use…

    • I get painful serious bout of diverticulitis several times a year. I take the activated charcoal every 2 hours as recommended on my bottle. With food. It does take me about two days to recover. But when I don’t use the activated charcoal I end up going to the doctor and getting on antibiotics. The one thing about charcoal is that it removes good bacteria from your gut. So after using it you really should take probiotics or eat yogurt daily

  72. Is this at all normal that some of the charcoal got stuck under my gum line? I had to use a dental tool to scrape some of it away, it was kind of scary to see dark patches of charcoal under the gum line. Has this happened to anyone, and is this okay or safe, will the rest of it come out?

    • The rest will come out when you eat or drink…

  73. i use 6% hydrogen peroxide as a dental rise, daily… i swear it has helped whiten my teeth! may try this as well, tho!

  74. can I brush my teeth everyday with charcol?

  75. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!!

  76. Can you explain the AC and hydrogen peroxide a little more, I am very interested in that! Do you just buy hydrogen peroxide from local drug store and mix? Or how exactly does it work?

    Thanks!

    • I brush with the activated charcoal and swish/rinse with diluted hydrogen peroxide…

  77. I am leaning towards using the capsule form because it seems like it might (potentially) be a bit less messy…and also, its cheaper to start with as a trial to see if it works. Do you (or anyone) have tips on how to break open the capsules? Can you just bite a capsule open once its in your mouth?

    • @Megan. If you haven’t figured out how to open the capsules, here’s what I do.

      How to Open a Capsule

      Make sure your hands are dry, otherwise the moisture will start to melt/dissolve the capsule

      Hold the capsule straight up and down between both hands
      – I like to put the right fingers on the bottom. It forces me to be slow and gentle. Left handers may switch hand positions.

      Look at the capsule. Make sure the half that overlaps the other is on top – See image below

      Tap the capsule on something dry and flat (table, counter, etc.) to get all the powder to go to the bottom

      Gently twist the top half right and left.

      Once you feel it start moving, slowly start pulling up at the same time

      Be careful not to tilt your hands or pull too hard or you’ll spill. If nothing seems to be happening, make sure your fingers aren’t covering the part where the two capsule halves meet.

      Sometimes the cap easily pops apart and sometimes you have to work it.

      If you’re trying so hard that your hands are getting sweaty, you may need to break out the scissors to cut the tip off the top part. I’d do it over the sink because the pill contents may go flying.

      Good Luck

  78. Does anyone know if this stains composite fillings or the material used that holds in my permanent retainer?

    • I have never seen any evidence that it does and others have said it didn’t with fillings in their mouth…

  79. This is so very interesting to me and I’ve never heard of doing it. I am a big teeth whitening person, so a new and effective, and safe way is always intriguing to me. I just would like to know what the difference would be between using a capsule and using the other, granulated kind that you mentioned (you gave us a link for that one). If you recommend the capsule just as much, can you provide a link for a good brand for the capsule too. Thanks so much!

    • The powder is much cheaper… the capsules are just the powder inside a gelatin capsule…

  80. i was like ewww what the heck? When I saw this on facebook but, I am going to give it a try.

  81. Hi Katie,

    I am wondering how charcoal would work for someone like me. My teeth have decalcified from pregnancy and are so sensitive! I have loss alot of enamel and have dentin showing. Do you still think it is still advisable to use the charcoal for whitening? Will the charcoal help remineralise my teeth at all? I read your other post about ways to remineralise teeth. I am hoping to try that. Does hydrogen peroxide corrode the enamel?

    • I’d probably focus on the remineralizing for a few months before trying to whiten with anything, even hydrogen peroxide or charcoal. If pregnancy caused it, you probably need a lot of healthy fats and FCLO to help build it back up…

      • What is FLCO?
        Yes my teeth had loss of calcium and mineral during pregnancy and even more obvious after pregnancy. Do you believe that the babies can take calcium from your teeth? My dentist told me that is a myth but having gone through pregnancy and seeing how terrible my teeth are now, I am starting to wonder

  82. my mom learned me this when i was in somalia and it did really help me get my teeth shiny and bright. It’s good that other people know about it.

  83. hello!, I am a current dental hygiene student and I am interested in offering my future patinents a more holistic approach to oral health (this is how I found your page). With all the crazy allergies going around in our new generations, it is very important to have good natural products available. I do have to agree with maybe providing a fallow-up picture. I would like to know what are the effects of this product on inflammation. by the after picture your gums look a little puffy and inflamme and I’m wondering if that was caused by the charcoal. Thank you!

    • Brushing with AC knocks the inflammation out of my gums immediately.

  84. Hello my name is Najah, I have using the activated charcoal for about a month now and I love it!

  85. I just tried it for the first time and some specks of charcoal are randomly stuck in my gums around my mouth. It’s not enough to be noticeable, so would it be alright to leave it alone until it goes away on its own? I just don’t want to pick my gums until they bleed.

  86. Hi Katie!

    Is it okay to brush with the Activated Charcoal everyday? Where can I find the diluted 3% Hydrogen peroxide from; would they have it in Health food stores or would I have to order it online?

    After your done brushing with the activated charcoal, do you then brush your teeth with a Natural Toothpaste like Tom’s or Jason’s or do you only use the activated charcoal? If you also use toothpaste do you brush with the toothpaste before or after the activated charcoal?

    I apologize for all of the questions; I am really excited to try this, thank you for your post 🙂

    -Danielle

  87. Interesting and don’t disbelieve the benefits of charcoal but would have liked to seen your teeth pre charcoal.

  88. Can it be used if you have mercury fillings and a root canal? I’m waiting to get all of them removed so can it be used while I have them and then after when they have been removed?

    • My dentist said no.

  89. I have to say charcoal is not something I’d thought of before, but looking at the before and after pictures, they do look much whiter 🙂

  90. Hi Katie,

    Sorry if you’ve answered this somewhere already, but I’ve read most, perhaps all, of your dental posts and haven’t seen you address the following.

    In a couple of your schedules, it sounds like you sometimes brush with activated charcoal immediately after brushing with the mineralizing toothpaste. Am I understanding your schedule correctly? If so, it seems a bit odd to me: wouldn’t brushing with the charcoal strip your teeth of the minerals that you just provided? Wouldn’t it be better to brush with the charcoal and then with the mineralizing toothpaste?

    Thanks for the clarification!

    By the way, I should add: thanks for being such a great resource!

    Louis

  91. Hi WellnessMama. 🙂 I noticed your link for the recommended powdered form isn’t working, and I was wondering what brand you suggested? Thank you! 🙂

    • Hey on your page the links for the charcoal are not working is the one u use or will this work the prescribed for life Coal Conunt Ultra fine coconut shell characoal powder?

      Also I was wondering in response to Danielle’s comments all them were good, Im still wondering about the diluted 3% Hydrogen peroxide from?

  92. I have been rinsing with Hydrogen peroxide once a day and then once a week I brush with a baking soda paste. Someone told me that rinsing with hydrogen peroxide will rot my teeth from my gums and that it is extremely dangerous if pregnant or nursing. I researched online and found nothing of the sort about the tooth rotting.

  93. Activated Charcoal is only available over the counter at a pharmacy here in Canada, if anyone is looking for it. I also use it as a treatment for stomach bugs including diarrhea as others have mentioned in the comments. When I went to buy a new bottle from the health food store I discovered it wasn’t available anymore. The woman at the health food store actually yelled at me for being so reckless as to use it for illness. The same woman who’d happily carried it and sold it in her store just a few months previously.

  94. i eat charcoal when to drunk to drive then drive and text !

  95. Do you think there is to many other chemicals in Pepto Bismal to brush teeth with that? Isn’t there charcoal in Pepto too?

  96. I would def try it. Let’s face it for years we were duped into brushing and rinsing with fluoride, I have nothing to lose.

  97. I REMEMBER CLEANING MY TEETH WITH AC ABOUT 60 YEARS AGO,AND IT WORK VERY WELL, I STILL DO THIS OFTEN

  98. How much do you dilute the hydrogen peroxide when you swish with it? How often do you do this? Thanks!

  99. AC is also good to see how fast or slow your digestion is. Ttake 4 capsules and write down the date and time. When you pass a black or grey stool look at the date and time and how long since you took the capsules. The digestion should be 18-24 hours. If longer than that you need enzymes, probiotics and maybe some other herbs to push it along faster. If it is less than 18 hours your digestion is too fast and you may not be absorbing your nutrients.
    I’m going to try this AC in the mouth. So glad for the tip as braces have left a pocket in my gums and spraying mouth wash there is bothersome. Also hoping this will help receding gums!

  100. In Vietnam, during the war, people in the country side (farmers) often used charcoal to brush their teeth. So, this is not new to me!! 🙂 good to know that there are people who uses this technique now. Thanks for the article. I helps me to know where to get the activated charcoal.

  101. This post reminded me that when I was young and growing up in England we would take charcoal from the fireplace to brush our teeth! I have often wondered why we did that! I found this website this morning while looking for ways to help a toothache. I am amazed at the helpful information contained here. Thanks so much.

  102. Katie, can you talk more about the diluted hydrogen peroxide? Do you dilute that yourself or do you buy it like that? I have always understood that hydrogen peroxide kills cells of all kinds, it doesn’t seem like something I would want to put in my mouth? Thanks

  103. lol I love the before and after picture

  104. In many Asian countries people use it as tooth powder to clean their teeth.

  105. I been doing this from my Childhood as this is being practised in India from very long time.Especially in South India !

    • Can this remedy be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

      • Can it be used while breastfeeding??

  106. Is it okay to use crushed up medicinal charcoal tablets for the teeth whitening method? also the ones I have are from a vegetable source, is that okay? Thanks

  107. AC helped me get back to work after only one day with the flu. I can’t believe that it actually worked.

  108. How often do you use the charcoal? every day? or a few times a week? or month? let me know please!

  109. Hey wellness mama! I recently purchased the AC made from wood, will it still work as well as the one made from coconuts ?

  110. Would love to try this but do you know if it has an effect for someone who has a permanent retainer?

  111. I’m just wondering if this tastes as bad as it looks?
    Thanks!

  112. Will the AC stain my sink?

  113. I know this question will sound crazy, but I have a cat with gingivitis and I was wondering if this would be safe to give him to help extract some of the toxins?

  114. Can this remedie be used during pregnancy?

    • Oral health is really important while pregnant, and I’ve used this to keep my teeth healthy during a couple of pregnancies, but ask a doc if you aren’t sure…

  115. My 17 year old daughter got me to brush my teeth this way today. They look fabulous! It was fun.

  116. This really works. I saw this on Pinterest and for 5.00 could not pass it up. I bought Charco- caps, broke one open and brushed gently for 5 minutes. My teeth are gorgeous. I try everything after thorough research. I am not much of a skeptic. This tickled me and I have shared it with everyone who will listen. Activated charcoal is going to skyrocket in price ;>

  117. I read that if you use coconut oil in oil pulling for whitening teeth, it can actually loosen your crowns…does this happen with AC???

  118. Thank you for posting such a great article! I am going to give this a try! One question, though. My front tooth was badly chipped a few years ago. I had to have an emergency root canal and the bottom of the tooth was crowned. It was originally a good match, but now this tooth is two slightly different colors! I read some of your earlier responses, and I’m not really worried about darkening the color of the crown. But do you think it will whiten the “dead” tooth or does the tooth have irreversible decay from the interior? Look forward to hearing from you!

    • I haven’t personally had experience with that so I don’t know, but I would think it could pull toxins from that tooth too

  119. Do you think it is safe to use AC for teeth while pregnant? What about ingesting it for diahrrea?

  120. I actually used to do that back in the days when i lived in North Africa… along with baking Soda..

  121. Is this safe to do while nursing a 11 m old?

      • Thanks! This is amazing and worked so well the first time! My teeth are many shades whiter!! WOW! How often do you do this?

  122. Can you brush your teeth with activated charcoal everyday, or is this something you should only do a few times a week?

  123. Have you used the activated charcoal to whiten your teeth while pregnant? How about the baking soda and peroxide? Obviously, I will check with my OB, but curious what you’ve done.
    Thanks!

    • I’ve stuck mainly with the charcoal and homemade toothpaste while pregnant

      • Thank you for the reply!

  124. Love reading all your posts- Question, is it safe to use the activated charcoal while nursing? I thought you were not suppose to purge the body of toxins while pregnant or nursing because you first flood the body before your rid them? Am I remembering correctly? Thought you would be the one to ask since it seems you have been one or the other for quite a few years straight 🙂

    • My midwife said it was fine to use on the teeth and also ok if needed internally (just not regularly) since it is the same thing used to prevent poisoning in the ER.

  125. Would this take the place of regular toothpaste, or should I use it in addition to my toothpaste?

  126. This pst was well over two years ago. Please pst a picture of your teeth today.

  127. how do you clean your sink after you spit in it does it stain

  128. My sister told me abot the ac. recently. I have had a calcium deficiency when I was a child which caused my permanent teeth to have holes in them. So I have had my teeth bonded for over 30 years. Every dentist that I have went to gives me the same story of how bonding stains and cannot be whitened.I have only been using the ac a few days and there is noticeable difference. I love how clean my teeth feel as well.

  129. I was just curious what the difference was between coconut based AC and petroleum-based AC? And why should the coconut based AC be used to whiten teeth and not the petroleum-based AC?

  130. Have been thinking of getting my teeth whitened at the dentist but now will try this myself, will certainly let you know how it turns out. Thanks as always for yor really helpful advice

  131. Was very hopeful about this. I’ve been brushing with the activated charcoal for a month, and there is no visible difference in my teeth. I took before and after pics, making sure the lighting was the same. Many of the before / after pics online are obviously brightened and blued with editing, you can tell because the skin tones are also different. I was hoping it would work as I can’t afford the whitening at the dentist.

  132. The first time using AC I stained the grout on my countertop…that stuff does not come off easy so beware! After scrubbing for days I finally got the bright idea of mixing it into my toothpaste so at least every time I used it, black clouds wouldn’t puff everywhere. Eventually I just started brushing with it in the shower like twice a week so it would be easier to clean up. Success! I will be mixing up toothpaste batches OUTside from now on but this stuff really does improve your oral health not just by naturally whitening your chompers but truly cleaning your mouth. In my opinion there is no real difference using it straight out of the bag or mixing it with your own toothpaste…one is just a little more messy! Tried using teeth whitening strips before my wedding and they didn’t do jack and made my teeth hurt. AC was a fraction of the price and actually worked with no pain. Its worth a try!

  133. I just started using AC and my teeth feel and look good. I wanted to recommend it to my mother (69 yrs old) but she once told me her dentist told her her enamel was gone or minimized (I think due to eating too much citrus and orange juice).
    I would love to see if it’ll work. I guess if there’s not much or any enamel then she would be trying to whiten her dentin? Does anyone know if I should bother giving her some capsules?

  134. I don’t believe your son got bit by a brown recluse spider. I also don’t believe charcoal would work on a recluse bite as you said. It’s a very dangerous bite, and can take months of treatment to heal. It could even kill a child.

  135. Just wondering if anyone has any information about using AC on teeth that have had the enamel partially scratched due to having braces. (They scratched my front teeth when they were removing the glue.) It’s not down to the dentin I don’t think, but I have had brown stained patches appear in the areas that were scratched, so I’m wondering if the charcoal would act the same way or if it would come off. Thanks in advance!

  136. This is definitely an interesting read. It’s a bit odd but I will try it this weekend. It’s worth to try, I guess. Just a question, is it okay to use the activated carbon bought in pet shops or I should really buy the one in capsule form? Isn’t there any side effects on doing this on the long run? Thanks!

    • Capsule form is so much easier to work with!

  137. When using the AC for brushing the teeth to help whiten, is toothpaste used in conjunction with that at the same time?

  138. Great tip! But how can I tell the difference between the Active Charcoal made from wood or coconut or petrol based? Does it mention on the bottle? And is this available in pharmacies?

  139. I have used AC for over thirty years along with all my family and friends. Mainly for Indigestion and after eating bad food. It is not harmful. I normally take one to two capsules. I have not tried it for tooth whiting but I will try.
    Most Doctor and Dentist do not have any idea about the old tried and true home remedies, only what they have been trained on. Can’t make any money on those things. One can find AC in any Health Food Store.

  140. Just wondereing if anyone had ever tried blotting brushes? found them on here but wondereed if anyone else had used them first?

  141. Great post- I’m going to try brushing with AC. I do have one question about something you mentioned: using the AC and alternating with other stuff to help with the spider bite (brown recluse spider). Can you elaborate on that and specifically tell me how you made the stuff and how you went about alternating it? I would like to have something like this in our medicinal arsenal, since we just recently moved to the boonies 😉 Thanks!

    • I’m not a doc and this is definitely not medical advice in any way, but I made a paste of AC and water and put it on and covered with gauze and taped it. I left that on for a few hours, then removed, washed and did the same thing with baking soda and plantain in a paste. I alternated these two every couple hours until it was gone. In hindsight, I might have added bentonite clay to the baking soda paste too…

  142. Wellness Mama: I just happen to come across this article. I find it very unorthodox but interesting. I have become a little more teeth conscious because of the loss of a couple of back teeth and repairs that need to be done to two other back teeth and a front one. Should I use this activated charcoal before I use my toothpaste? How many times a week should I use this charcoal? Thank you!

  143. After reading the reviews about activated charcoal and how it whitens teeth, both me and my husband decided to try it. My teeth are stained from years of smoking and coffee, not significantly yellow. My husband’s doesn’t do either but, his isn’t naturally white. The first time we tried the activated charcoal, it appeared to have slightly improved the coloring of our teeth. Then, we continued to use it along with tooth paste for a few days. After, we didn’t notice a difference. I believe the charcoal has made my teeth a shade yellower than they were; my enamel looks a little thinner too. My husband’s tooth color is back the way they originally were. We stop using it after 5 days. My suggestion would be, get regular scheduled cleaning-dentist and use pronamel whitening toothpaste; lil expensive but worth it. If you have $, get cosmetic bonding-whitening, veneers or lumineers. I truly do not recommend using or continuous usage of this product.

    • Use only ONCE a week, not daily.

  144. I have family history of teeth rotting fast and due to that, no matter what I do, I get cavities… I have a bunch of fillings, it is ridiculous. Would it work on fillings also? Most teeth whiting doesn’t…

  145. Hi! Once your teeth get as white as you want them, is it safe to keep brushing with ac every few days? Or best to stop until you need to rewhiten?

  146. wow it is a great post.i really got new things that activate Charcoal make our teeth white.after reading this blog i found out many new things.this is very informative information to all us.thank you for sharing it with us.keep sharing.

  147. I’m a smoker. Will it get the tar off my teeth ?

  148. This would be much more helpful if you showed us a before photo of what your teeth looked like without the charcoal all over them. We have no clue as to whether they actually looked any different after by lookig at the two pictures you posted!

    My teeth are more glassy clear looking than white, they are strong but they do not look as healthy as someone with nice white teeth and I do not smoke. I would like to see someone with real before and after pictures so I can feel confident in the advice. Thanks

  149. I tried this for the first time tonight. I’m glad of the warnings because the black mouth would’ve freaked me out! It was very messy – charcoal on the sink, counter, me – but totally worth it. My teeth are noticeably whiter after just using once. I’m a believer!

  150. I used to use Imodium for diarrhea and the ensuing stomach cramps. It worked to get rid of it for a few days, then would return with a vengeance. Somewhere I read to use activated charcoal instead. I tried it (1 capsule, 260 mg., for moderate diarrhea OR 2 capsules for severe diarrhea) and I didn’t get the rebound diarrhea as with using Imodium. After telling my husband for years about how great AC was for diarrhea, he finally chose to ingest it for his constant bowel movements (before AC use, 6-8 bowel movements per day were normal for him). He had success, and it also solved the gas and cramp problems. I buy AC via Puritan’s Pride. They have a buy one get two free deal two or three times per year and buy one get one free several times a year. My last bottle of 100-260 mg. capsules of AC cost only $6.99. Walgreens, Swanson’s, and Vitacost have good prices too.

  151. I just tried this and it worked really well. I’d suggest setting a timer because you’ll wander to the mirror and look at your black teeth then think about Halloween costumes lol, but it worked very well the first time. I’m going to continue using it both to help prevent cavities and for the whitening!

  152. I just tried AC and they really didn’t look that much whiter. I think I had more luck with rubbing raw turmeric on my teeth. It sticks to my teeth so then I brush them for two minutes and it really gets it all over my teeth. They really whiten up doing this.

  153. What about using thus stuff on one false tooth? Will it stain it when I brush my teeth??

  154. AC is very scarce here in Nigeria. Is it advisable to burn a bunch of woods, grind the charcoal and use it 4 whitening d teeth? would it function exactly as AC? and moreover, hw is dis AC being made?

  155. Charcoal is effective in cleaning stainless materials. I am amazed to read that charcoal works on teeth also. But I always prefer to have my teeth whitening at cosmetic dental clinics.

  156. Not only charcoal, but in the short time they burn sea grasses and cleans teeth and the teeth were at that time very good

  157. I am getting some today and will try it out. Thanks Ed

  158. I add a couple of capsules to my homemade toothpaste, so I am whitening every time I brush. My teeth sparkle!!!

  159. Hi! Do you think this could help with the negative effects of lead exposure? I have been renovating my house and was chipping away paint the other day without a mask on. And I found out it was lead a little while later. I am trying to conceive and I don’t want that to affect a future pregnancy negatively, especially since I’ve had 2 miscarriages since July!

    • Some studies show that it can, but if you’ve had definite exposure I’d recommend finding a naturopathic doctor to work with.

  160. Activated charcoal should not be used if a corrosive substance has been ingested. Also, if you’ve swallowed poison and taken an antidote, do not use charcoal, as it will absorb the antidote first.

  161. How often do you brush with activated charcoal?

  162. Katie,

    You may have already answered this in the tons of comments on this post, but do you have a brand of activated charcoal powder that you trust? I have the capsules and while they are good for travel, I’d really like the powder for more regular use at home. 🙂 Thanks!

  163. Hi!

    Ive just tried this yesterday and it works great!! But I was wondering what is the use of the peroxyde, since its a chemical product? Isnt better to dilute it with water? Im pregnant and some people says that I sould not use it, but I did some research and found nothing saying that AC is harmfull in pregnancy.

    Thanks!

  164. Hi Katie,
    I’m wondering about the effects of putting a few capsules of activated charcoal into a batch of homemade toothpaste…do you have any thoughts on this??
    Also is the charcoal like a one off whitening and you use whenever you want to whiten a bit more, or is it something that should be used regularly?? 🙂

    Thanks 😉

    • Hi Katie, I have an additional question I’d like to add to Maddie’s question.

      I’m all for using AC for teeth whitening, my only concern is, will it draw out the mercury in amalgam fillings during the whitening process?

      Cheers Toni

      • I’ve never seen evidence that it will,but I’d ask a dentist to be sure if you’re concerned.

  165. Katie,
    I have had intrinsic discoloration since I got my first adult front tooth and my family was never able to afford veneers or anything. Anyway, I was wondering if the charcoal could help an internal stain. Thank you.

  166. Hi Katie, will Bamboo Charcoal Powder work as well?

  167. Hi Katie,

    I noticed in your video you are using a Bass toothbrush but not the Bass brushing technique. Any reason? Or is that just when you’re doing the charcoal?

    Thanks!

    • Just with the charcoal since I’m trying to clean my teeth and not gums with it…

  168. I don’t have lots of time to read through all the comments but I just made sure to clean the sink real well with a microfiber cloth before brushing and spitting so that the charcoal didn’t adhere to any soap scum on the sink. Clean up from the charcoal was just rinsing it away.

  169. Love your blog and use your tips daily….but I couldn’t help but notice you left the tap running while you rinse! Don’t forget to turn it off to save water! 🙂

    • Hi Laura, I have always been interested in water conservation as well. Something I found while researching was that “2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef”! I couldn’t believe this! So I have greatly reduced the amount of animal products I consume, as they are very detrimental to the well being of our environment. Thanks for reading 🙂

  170. I have heard about this and was a bit concerned since I have a porcelain crown on my front top tooth. I tested a small spot and it was fine so I braved it and went ahead. I am glad I did!!!! It worked better than the $75 whitening trays I got from the dentist in order to keep my natural teeth as white as the crown. And this is much more tolerable with surprising results!

  171. I am having trouble getting past the texture of the charcoal. Can I mix it with coconut oil to make it less dry?

  172. So I had heard about this before and I was a little scared to try it. After reading this article and watching the video I decided to try it. I’ve only done it once and I when I compared my before and after pictures I actually noticed some improvement. I’m definitely going to keep this up and see what my results are.

  173. I immediately ran out and bought capsules! Now my question is how many time per week or month did you do this? Also how did you dilute the hydrogen peroxide- what ratio of water to H.P. did you use? And perhaps a silly question- did you use seperate toothbrushs for daily brushing and charcoal brushing?

  174. I used this only twice and even after the first time there was a noticable difference. I had stains from coffee and years of smoking. Immediately after rinsing it out i could only say wow i couldnt believe it actually worked.

  175. I’m sorry if this was already addressed, but is this safe for kids? After we switched over to Earth Paste, all of our teeth have gotten yellow. Also, my kids have dental issues, and I’m wondering if this would also be helpful for that! We’ve done pretty muh everything else to help them (aside from chewing raw offal???? lol!) so I’m really hoping brushing with charcoal, maybe once a week, will help!

    • My kids do it. Just out of curiosity, does the toothpaste you are using contain glycerine?

      • No, it’s Earth Paste: purified water, food grade redmond clay, and essential oils.

  176. Thanks for this! You always amaze me with fun and new articles with different helpful ideas I can try. I have to admit, when I first found you I was a bit skeptical. But very quickly fell in love with you. I only wish I would have found you 7 years ago when I was pregnant! Seriously! It would have saved me literally had I known about the natural movement then I would have changed my diet and maybe I wouldnt be so sick right now

  177. Really interesting. My mum is Jamaican and when she was a child she used to use charcoal from their wood stove to clean her teeth. This was common practice over there at that time and she has lovely white teeth. I am slowly moving toward a more natural way of living and have some charcoal tablets. I’m going to give this a try for a week and will continue if my oral hygiene stays just as good as with standard toothpaste. Thanks!

  178. can my kids use this? my 8 and 12 yo are very conscious of their teeth and want to whiten them. my husband uses the crest chemical crap and wants to let them try it. i, of course, said no way and told them it would poison their little bodies. they are old enough to not swallow it although if you can take capsules, i don’t see how that would cause harm. i am going to look into this AC some more as my 8yo has stomach aches a lot. thanks!!!

  179. I have been using activated charcoal to brush my teeth for several months now. It’s wonderful, and makes my teeth so white. I’m glad to discover that somebody else does it too! Hope this post enlightens other people to the wonders of AC.

  180. Hi, My daughter and I are trying the charcoal but we wanted to know if we should use it every day and how many days? And also is 30 sec to 1 minute long enough each time. Thanks so much

  181. Hi, sorry if this has already been address, but have you replaced brushing your teeth with conventional toothpaste since using charcoal? Perhaps I’m misunderstanding its uses, but is charcoal is used after using toothpaste or is it used instead of toothpaste?

    Thank you for your wealth of knowledge.

  182. I love to try this but i’m so afraid that charcoal colour my teeth black, is that even possible 😀 i think my teeth colour very easily example blueberries and coffee beacause i had bulimia years ago and that effect also my teeht. Sorry my bad english, it’s not my mother language! I really love your blog and maybe I try even that charcoal! 🙂

    • I was concerned about it too, but it has not done anything other than make them really really white 🙂

  183. Hi Katie,
    Just wondering if AC would, over time, remove hyperplasia stains? I’ve had them since the age of about 9.
    Also, how do I keep the powder on my teeth so it can soak up toxins? It never sticks, but does it need to stick onto my teeth to work or is it ok to just be on there for a few seconds? Any suggestions?? 🙂

    Thanks so much,

    Maddie

  184. Katie I am grateful for all the wisdom you share. I’ve refused dentists’ and hygienists’ urgings to pay them for whitening due to a cap I got at age nine (I’m 53). I AM SO GLAD I TRIED THIS! No problems. Your instructions were clear. I got gorgeous bright white results. You give the best information and, again, I am truly grateful to have stumbled upon you. I learn something new every day or two. How’d you get to be so wise? Thank you!

  185. What if someone is on arvs
    Can they still use activated charcoal for teeth whitening

  186. I have 4 porcelain facing on my teeth. Would AC stain them?

  187. This is the first time I’ve looked this up. The reason being that I remember my Dad (left us in 2005 at the age of 96) said he used to clean his teeth with a burned match.

  188. After reading this about whitening teeth I went to the health food store and bought the capsules. I will admit I was really scared it would stain my teeth. In fact I started off with a dab on one tooth. Lol I rinsed and it didn’t stain so I went for it. I have to say seeing my mouth all black was hilarious but I’m a believer!!! After one try my teeth felt soooo clean, in fact my whole mouth felt clean. I will use this in a daily basis for sure. I’m 55 years old and my teeth are not as white and even after one use I swear they look brighter. I also read if you brush and leave on your tongue for a bit it will absorb bacteria. My tongue is not stained so everyone who is in doubt give this a try. I never write reviews or comments but this is so good I had to leave my input for all the folks who might be afraid to try this????

  189. Am so looking forward 2 using AC. I had read about it as a teeth cleanser in a novel out of India and decided 2 investigate..came upon your site..very informative..even as far as where 2 purchase, and other uses. Mahalo nui loa! Also..could it be used to thwart a urinary tract infection in a 10 yr. old child in lieu of antibiotics?

  190. Really cool idea. However, I wish you had posted a picture of your teeth before, and then after. The “before and after” picture is really a “during and after” type deal.

    Regardless, I’ll be trying this soon.

  191. My mother used to make pickles in Vietnam. she let them soak in water and threw in some blocks of black charcoal- the small cubes leftover from wood that use for fire and cooking.- for a few days. The water was clear and pickles were crunchy and delicious.

  192. How often do you brush with the charcoal?

  193. Is this healthy? Is it not okay to swallow it?

  194. Hi Wellness Mama! I’m only 14 but I tried this with some charcoal. It was a capsule one. My mom neglected me when I was younger an I had gingivitis in the end result. Now my teeth are really worn down and really yellow (I also drink lots of tea and coffee) but I was wondering how often to take it. I get made fun of quite a bit for my teeth and I really want them as white as possible as soon as possible. Also, can I use baking soda after? Would that make them whiter?

    • You can use AC as often as you wish (up to once a day). I do it a couple times a week. You can try brushing with baking soda although some people find that too abrasive. You may also want to look into oil pulling for both whitening and oral health in general!

  195. Aloha. So. I posted my interest in March and am now submitting my personal findings. First, Missy Wellness..MAHALO NUI LOA!! I purchased a good quantity of quality AC (loose fine grind CharCoal) online from Prescribed for Life for around $20 USD. My method is: whilst my morning shower, I swirl about a teaspoon of pure village made coconut oil (I bring quantities in from Bali yearly)..release from mouth (do NOT swallow, as you would be swallowing all the nasty bacteria pulled from within directly into your bloodstream via the digestive process)…brush w/ toothpaste (I use an Arm & hammer Spin Brush)..rinse..dip a soft damp separate toothbrush into the AC so it is about half ‘full’ and LIGHTLY brush every part of all teeth, gums, roof of mouth and tongue..(release from mouth/I rinse in my kitchen stainless steel sink..to avoid the staining of my bathroom sink) then return to bathroom and gently brush again with original SpinBrush. I oil pull on a daily basis, do the AC treatment maybe 2x a wk. I am very pleased with the results. I have explained this process and sent others to your site as many have remarked on the brilliance of my smile. seriously. I wish I had known about this in the past..but am making it part of my present and future. I plan to buy some gel caps in order to ingest some AC when I overindulge in my nightly imbibing of burgundy. A hui ho.

  196. Hi, this homemade tip seems great, but I have a doubt: I have very mild damage on the surface enamel in my front teeth (it means the shiny superficial layer has been damaged, and now its a bit rough and dull) wouldnt the charcoal hurt my enamel further? Or even stain it? Because damaged enamel stains way easier.

    Thanks in advance for any answer

  197. Thanks for this. Do this really works?

  198. Can i use this to remove stain from white fillings?i have one that turned yellow from indian food recently and using only toothpaste isn’t wotking 🙁

  199. must it be activated charcoal? what if I use a charcoal directly
    from fire wood will it not work??

    • Nope. Activated charcoal is different, and it will NOT be the same.

  200. As a kid I had quite a bad allergic reaction to Penicillin, the doctor put me on activated charcoal. It is brilliant!

  201. Is it safe to use charcoal for teeth whitening if you are breast feeding?

  202. Wow! I just recently started following your posts and I’m so glad to have read all the comments here. I have a dentist appointment in a few days for 6 ‘fillings’ and so wanted to try this beforehand because I don’t know what the ‘fillings’ are made of and I’m afraid the dentist will give me the ‘ol conventional “don’t do it” answers. I have some ‘white’ fillings as I’m trying to get rid of the old mercury ones, two porcelean crowns, one gold crown, but my top 5 front teeth (and on Mondy my 6 bottom front teeth) will have ‘fillings’ of IDK what. These aren’t really fillings but more like veneers because my teeth were so cracked and chipped and also very worn from grinding my teeth for 53 years. I do wear a bite-guard to help that though cannot use it when out in public. The tops of my bottom teeth are so worn that you can see the dentin inside and it is pretty yellow. The dentist will be ‘filling’ these areas and blending into the rest of the teeth.
    My concern is that I have now probably 3-4 different tooth materials in addition to the natural teeth (some of which are dying and greying) I’m worried that I’ll end up with a mouthful of different colored teeth!
    I’d love to get this locally but cannot find it. I’ve even called several independent and some compounding pharmacies but they don’t carry it. One told me they can’t even get syrup of ipecac any more.
    I went to the site online that you recommended, by Prescribed. I was saddened to see that I could buy an 8oz for $20 (.09/gram) but I wanted to have more than that on hand. Surprisingly (or perhaps not as I’ve noticed this tactic at other sites) the next largest container jumps to 2.5lbs for $60.
    I wish the sellers would realize that not everyone has $$ to buy in bulk. I just wanted a 1 lb bag which should be less expensive than two 1/2 lb bags.
    I’ve seen this sales tactic on other sites recently, particularly when trying to find a high-grade magnesium oil and magnesium flakes. They sold either 1/2 gallon or 5 gallon sizes only!
    In any event, I’m going to find the charcoal and give it a try, and I’ll take before and after pictures too.
    –I’ve read in some of the comments that people post a “thanks for the pictures.” Are they referring only to yours or have others posted b&a pictures. I don’t see any pictures with any of the comments nor anywhere to upload pictures.
    Thanks again for all of your very enlightening and useful information!

  203. Hi Katie – could the AC be combined with the coconut oil for oil pulling as an all-in-one teeth-whitening process? and have you found that using the AC replaces the need to brush baking soda? Love your blogs!

  204. I have a crown on a front tooth due to an accident-do you think it would be wise to do with a crown? I’m afraid it will not react as same as a normal tooth.

    • I was wondering the same thing… Is it safe to brush with charcoal on white crowns, and is it safe if the enamel on you teeth is not great? Hope to hear from the Wellness Mama or some others who have tried this soon! Thank you!

      • I was wondering the same, when I got braces removed, they polished my front teeth too much and now the enamel is not great, (Not so shinny) and I guess it stains easier, Im sure its more porous now. Is it still safe to use AC? Or will it hurt/ stain my teeth enamel?

  205. On a recent trip to Thailand we bought some lemon and salt toothpaste from a supermarket. I find the mint in normal toothpaste too overpowering. We bought about two dozen tubes, since I can’ tried it in Australia anywhere. And we also discovered charcoal toothpaste. We only bought a couple of tubes, but it is fantastic stuff. When we run out, I’ll be making my own and saving on the airfare. Yes, the toothpaste looks scary at first, but it cleans and whitens better than other types.

  206. Its off course the best remedy, used since 1000 years and is as effective as it was in the time known.

  207. Was wondering if this works for bad breath or if you know of anything known to work

  208. My teeth were always very white but are now stained due to a liquid iron supplement I had to take because I was low in iron. Will charcoal work for this since it’s an external stain? Thank you.

  209. can u leave it overnight on your teeth? my teeth are so butt-ugly, butter yellow and damaged…I need serious help…do u think its safe to do this?

    and also Katie thank u for all ur remineralization advice, my teeth have improved, but yes I still need lots of help!

    • I wouldn’t leave it on that long. You might swallow some, and activated charcoal taken internally needs LOTS of water or it will cause you some serious distress.

  210. Hi Wellness Mama!
    Just saw this post about AC…so interesting! I do have a question for you, and it’s probably silly, but- do you think the AC will have a negative reaction with my amalgam/silver fillings? I have started the research on getting my filings removed/replaced (I believe my body is having a negative reaction towards them) and I’m just wondering if it’s ok to use the AC before getting the sliver fillings out. Thanks! 🙂

    • Hi Stephanie,
      I am in the exact same situation. Did you find out anything about this? I will be replacing my amalgam fillings in the next few months but till then I am unsure if it’s safe to use AC or even oil pulling. Let me know please if you did find out anything. thank you!!

      • Hi there

        Anyone got an answer from a holistic dentist or any dentist regarding amalgams and activated charcoal? I have a few and they are old. I had suspected them to be the causes of my health issues (Autoimmune disorders) but they turned out not to be…So I have decided to keep them for now.

        I have done oil pulling on numerous occasions (coconut oil) and have not felt worse for it. In fact I did notice whiter teeth. I also changed my toothbrush and stop using sensodyne. I have now no blood coming out of my gums when i brush and no sensitivity to my teeth. Since having hypothyroidism, I have had numerous issues with my teeth including cavities so I would love to use AC but I don’t want to create more issues…

        Any personal advice, recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Any other anti-bacterial (natural) remedy that I could use safely?

  211. HI There!

    So excited to do this!

    How many days a week do you recommend to brush with the charcoal?

  212. Is it safe to brush with activated charcoal for a toddler who still swallows her toothpaste?

    • Why would you have a toddler brush her teeth with activated charcoal?

      • Two cavities already at 1.5 years old; wondering just how much of Katie’s Oral Health Routine to follow and if the activated charcoal is safe to use every other day…

  213. Is there any reason why you shouldn’t use charcoal powder for brushing if you have fillings? Just want to make sure before I try it.

  214. Hi Katie,

    Very interesting.. .And I’ve been doing a lot of research on this. M concern isn’t the A/C, but the peroxide. Read many mixed reviews on it, Some saying it can be damaging to the enamel and lining in your mouth. So, was just curious on your experience, and what you possibly do to the 3% peroxide, possibly adding anything? Thanks!

  215. Is this safe to use since I have about 5 fillings on my back teeth from when I was younger? Or do you recommend ONLY using on front teeth with no fillings?

  216. I am a retired Oral Hygienist. Rinsing with diluted hydrogen peroxide will NOT give you cavities!! Bacteria gives you cavities! It will NOT weaken your enamel! You are not going to use 30% undiluted, are you? I bought some activated charcoal and just brushed my teeth with it – you should see my sink! But next time I will be better at it. I love it and will use this regularly. I mixed it with coconut oil and left it on for 5 minutes, before rinsing (and brushing!) I swished around doing some oil pulling just for a treat. Thanks for the info. SO much better than using regular toothpaste.

  217. I wonder how this could work with veneers. I have three of them as I busted out my teeth falling on my face walking my dog a few years ago (graceful, I know). I just don’t want it to make those permanently black and I don’t know how it will react with them since they’re not teeth. Anyone know? I just want my other teeth whiter.

  218. Please do not try this method of whitening if you have veneers. This will stain the edges of your veneers and you will not be happy if they are discolored! I am a dental hygienist and can already see the results with that! I am not against this method of whitening with a natural tooth, but it is a different circumstance when veneers and other restorative material are involved.

    • Bethany, I have bonding on many teeth (over exposed gum recession sensitivity), would the charcoal stain the edges of that bonding?

  219. Hi Katie,

    Love your website. Would you know if Activated Charcoal will permanently stain dentin that is exposed?

  220. Katie, Would you not recommend adding the AC to one of your remineralizing toothpaste recipes for daily whitening instead of a separate regimen of brushing with just AC?

  221. excuse me i recently bought activated charcoal for my teeth
    i was a smoker for almost ten years, so there’s quite a bit of staining unfortunately,
    weirdly there are not any health stores in my town, or in a nearby city,
    so i was forced to buy online, the brand i got wasn’t capsules but tablets, it says they are fine to chew, so i was wondering if the will have the same effect?
    the ones i bought were Braggs medicinal charcoal tablets?
    usually i would just wing it, and hope for the best, but in this case one of the listed ingredients on the back was icing sugar…..so i’m a lil perplexed.

  222. How long does this take to work; does it take a while to start noticing results? How often should I brush with charcoal; once a day or more? Thanks.

  223. Hello. I bought the activated carcoal and would liketo have some advices to whiten teeth. First of all, is it danger for the mucous membranes of the mouth the contact with the coal powder ? .
    What happens if a part of the charcoal during the procedure is ingested? It ‘a technique abrasive technique? can you can use it you have dental fillings ?

    • Inhaling can cause a serious or fatal lung disease. Chacole is now taken off the shelves in canada by health canada for this reason. I will not use it.

  224. Ingesting charcoal often times has very litttle complications.
    charcoal is also gud for detoxyfication

    and it works wonders on allergies (trus me)

    it also is effective on cuts, sores etc
    it hastens the healing process

    very true

  225. Already working on buying the ingredients! Where do you buy your glass jars to store your toothpaste and charcoal in? They are so cute! I like the white lid and the one with the green/white plaid lid. Thanks!

  226. I have a mouth full of dental work. I was reluctant to try this because of all of my dental work, but I’m very pleasantly surprised. It worked great and did not stain my veneers, bonding or any of my crowns or fillings. My teeth feel very clean and look a bit whiter. I did do test spots as my veneers and bonding are on my front teeth, they were fine

  227. I’m no health professional but my dad who was a health inspector and cheese maker use to say to us that hydrogen peroxide shouldn’t go in your mouth cause is a small amount gets into the stomach it will react with the stomach acids and kill the micro flora.
    I’ve always followed this but I have no idea if it really is as he said.
    He use to say the same for rinsing the soap of dishes too.

  228. My concern is regarding actually brushing with Activated Charcoal. With how abrasive it is, wouldn’t brushing with it permanently damage enamel? I find that oil pulling, while makes my mouth feel extremely clean, has almost no whitening effect, and I’ve been oil pulling everyday for 6+ months.

    I also tried mixing the Activated Charcoal with the Coconut Oil, but 95% of the charcoal ends up at the back of my mouth and almost none in the teeth area (which is where it should be).

    I’m a bit hesitant in brushing with the charcoal in that it could damage enamel.

  229. How much do you dilute your hydrogen peroxide by?

  230. As a smoker and coffee addict with a hugely sensitive gag reflex, I’m so glad I found your remineralizing tooth powder and now this info on AC.
    I’ve been using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for well over 20 years and it, when I can stand it, works well. It stops tooth pain and thanks to weak teeth and way too much “expert” dentistry, without it I would probably have dentures by now.
    BUT, my gag reflex can stop me from using it for weeks at a time. Every time I go back to over the counter toothpaste, I end up with more stains, pain and ever yellowing teeth.
    I’m now in my late 40s and thanks to a long depression, my teeth had become grossly stained and not even my trusty baking soda and HP could overcome.
    Your remineralizing powder is working miracles AND doesn’t set off my gagging like baking soda, yeah! Now I’m trying to remove five years of coffee, tar and nicotine from the back of my bottom front teeth and am using activated charcoal too.
    Warning though, I tried putting charcoal in the remineralizing powder and found it actually started to darken my teeth! Oops!
    Back to using them separately (different times of day) and my teeth are becoming whiter by the day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Ps, drugstore.peroxide is generally 3%, 20 plus years wetting my brush, swishing with it have not weakened my teeth or caused sensitivity. But I love the remineralizing tooth powder more!

  231. Does anybody know the effect this has on veneers? I really want to try it but am afraid since its a different material it will stain since its seems to stain everything else?

  232. Will the activated charcoal help to loosen any plaque on the teeth?

  233. You look cute while you’re brushing your teeth (the cute expression on your face).

    I’ve been doing oil-pulling with coconut oil. It works well but you have to do it for 20 minutes.

    This seems to do the same but quicker.

    🙂

  234. Hi wellness mama! I am excited to try this. I opened up my new activated charcoal from the health food store to find that it was white. Couldn’t find anything online about the difference. I don’t mind skipping the mess 🙂 but will it work the same way?
    Thanks! I love your stuff and refer to your site often. Peace & blessings.

    • I’ve never heard of white activated charcoal. Are you sure you weren’t given the wrong product?

  235. First of all, thank you for the thorough details! I have been very interested in trying this method of teeth whitening, but I was just curious if you had any sensitivity in your teeth before trying the activated charcoal? I used to use Crest strips and they did some major damage. I have since combatted the sensitivity with prescription-strength toothpaste but I’m terrified of doing more damage. This seemed like a good alternative, provided that it didn’t change your teeth in any way other than removing stains.

    I realize this is an old post, but I would greatly appreciate any and all advice.

    OH! And I almost forgot to ask, how often do you brush with the activated charcoal?

    Thank you! Great blog, by the way!

    • I do it about once a week and it has actually decreased my sensitivity. You could also just mix some charcoal in water and swish as an even more gentle option.

  236. Can I mix the activated charcoal with coconut oil for oil pulling? Double duty. (Sorry if this is a repeat question. Too many comments to read.

    • I haven’t tried but I don’t see why you couldn’t.

  237. Wellness mama@ I an Indian , what you told here is 100% true. From the childhood we are using charcoal it’s working fine. especially in India the old generation suggests to take charcoal for tooth whitening. And there is one more way we used to adopt. Which is using mango leaves and salt . Try that also take one or two mango leaves and put little salt and scrub it to your teeth. Which will also remove the yellow color.

  238. Has anyone tried the Organika brand?

  239. I just tried this for the first time. I noticed a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. I also, have several crowns and noticed the charcoal didn’t affect the color (I wasn’t expecting it to) but it got trapped around the edge of the crown and gave it a dark halo at the gum line. I tried using my water pick and it helped a little, but it is still apparent. I also tired brushing with my oiled baking soda paste and it didn’t help to remove that. I’m not sure what I will do next. I’ll let you know if I find out how to prevent or correct his.

  240. Maybe coconut oil?