Brushing w/ Activated Charcoal + 5 Things To Do This Weekend
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Nobody wants to have yellow teeth. Sometimes you don’t even realize your sparkling white smile has taken a downward turn until you wear that new shade if red lipstick and *gasp* see the difference in your smile. Embarrassing, right? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all had moments of ‘less than stellar white’ smiles. That coffee-a-day (or 2 – guilty as charged) doesn’t exactly help your cause. Now before you lose your mind thinking I’m going to suggest quitting your much required daily cup of sanity, I’ve got a solution for you – Charcoal.
No, No. Not the kind you’ll be using this weekend to fire up the grill. Activated charcoal which is totally safe (& good for you!) to consume. Before you write me off as crazy, activated charcoal has been used for many health benefits you may not even be aware of.
Activated charcoal is popular for its safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It is also used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.
When using activated charcoal for brushing your teeth, it helps to whiten your teeth while promoting good oral health by changing the pH balance in the mouth AND helping to prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease. It whitens teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic bits that stain your teeth. BONUS! It’s a cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
How to Brush Your Teeth with Activated Charcoal
1. To use, just wet your toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal (I purchased my capsules at a natural health & food store but you can buy some here)
2. Brush teeth as you normally would then take a sip of water, swish thoroughly and spit (I would recommend trying to spit as much of the contents directly into the drain as possible to avoid staining your nice, white sink)
3. Continuing rinsing until spit is clear
4. Most will tell you that’s all you need to do but I find it leaves you with a less than desirable taste in your mouth (and it doesn’t make me feel like my teeth are all that clean) so I tend to brush my teeth with toothpaste afterwards (this will not cause the effects of the charcoal to diminish).
For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two-three times per week. I do it twice a week – Wednesdays & Sundays – which are also the days I do facial masks & deep hair conditioning treatments. Having a day (or two) where I do the majority of my pampering helps to keep me on track.
Lifestyle Queen Bee Notes & Warnings
- BE CAREFUL!! Activated charcoal can (and will) stain grout and fabrics. Be extra careful when using & make sure to protect counters, floors and clothing before using
- Because of it’s staining power, I would recommend not using your electric toothbrush. I use an electric toothbrush daily (which has prevented cavities since using!) but when I brush with activated charcoal, I have a regular joe disposable brush on standby
- If you have special (& expensive!) dental work such as crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, there’s a possibilty that activated charcoal will stain them so proceed with caution
- There is a possibility that your teeth can become sensitive using activated charcoal, so if you find the early stages of sensitivity, quit using it
- DO NOT BE ALARMED! Your teeth & mouth will be black. Like eating souls black. But don’t freak out – this is natural and it will not stain your teeth or mouth. Just don’t let you significant other catch you off guard to avoid a heart attack on their part 🙂
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
- Try brushing your teeth with Activated Charcoal 🙂
4. Pick up a great read from one of my 5 Great Books To Read This Summer
5. Grab a friend & get some sweet treats at one of the 10 Dessert Places To Try in Toronto This Summer
Let me know if you attempt charcoal brushing & how it works for you! If you’d like to feature a link in our Friday series ‘5 Things To Do This Weekend’, let me know! I’m always happy to share your great ideas with others!