Does Charcoal Toothpaste Powder Really Whiten Teeth?
Charcoal is not used just in our cooking grills anymore folks. Charcoal is utilized everywhere and has found a way into our beauty routine. From charcoal beauty masks, cleansers, deodorants, to even charcoal infused sponges. The black carbon residue seems to be nothing short of a miracle.
Lately Charcoal ToothPaste and powders started gracing the shelves of the cosmetics stores. Needles to say the mysterious black powder piqued this beauty obsessed momma’s interest. Possibly even raising an eyebrow – if I could 😉
The Science Behind Charcoal
Charcoal works in a suction or binding action. When charcoal is activated toxins and other substances can be drawn out and bound to it. Hence the reason it is now being used in beauty and wellness products. Bamboo Charcoal is the most common form of charcoal used in beauty products because of it’s highly absorbing abilities.
Charcoal is used in the medical field as well. Medical charcoal is utilized in hospitals in liquid form to treat patients suffering from intestinal issues to overdoses. The activated charcoal is highly effective in its absorption of toxins and poisons.
The Very Unscientific Review
Before I started this review I just finished having my teeth cleaned and bleached at the dentist. Yes I’m weird like that, I like a white grill-hence this review. So in order to get good results knowing that mine were already pretty white I inlisted (bribed) my teen daughter to be my model (guinea pig.)
When deciding to review Charcoal Tooth Whitener I had two choices- Paste or Powder?…What a conundrum! Logic told me that the abrasive qualities of the powder would probably work better. Yet the paste would most definitely taste better. What to do, what to do?….The teen is doing it so let’s go with the powder ( she’s been extra “teen’ish” lately) 😉
The directions say to dip brush in powder and brush as you regularly do (Not sure they meant complaining while brushing the entire time but close enough) I tried the “Brusha, Brusha, Brusha” song – the song I used to sing when the kids when they were little. Not as effective as it used to be. The brushing lasted about two minutes.
The “subject” indicated there was a mild spearmint taste. I did also try myself and agree it is very subtle. It was the texture that was off putting to her at first. Texture doesn’t bother me at all being used to torturing my teeth with baking soda and all sorts of concoctions. Even going thru a “Oil Pulling” stage once.
I will however warn you about the dirty sink souvenir. The black charcoal doesn’t disappear like traditional paste does. And we all know how good kids are at cleaning out the bowl after brushing. So, if this doesn’t bother you go for it! I just thought you would appreciate the parent to parent warning.
The Honest Results
The Charcoal WORKS! Here is the pic of my daughter after one really good brushing. There is an obvious difference in shade. I’m not a dentist so I can’t tell you exactly how many shades but it definitely is noticeable. I have also started using it now, and I like the abrasiveness and the way it instantly takes the “fuzz” off my teeth in the morning. If you would like to purchase you can do so HERE..
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