Charcoal has been putting the beauty industry in a spin over the last couple of years, with charcoal toothpaste, facial scrubs, cleansers and facial masks all growing in popularity. It’s hard to believe, but thanks to charcoal toothpaste, turning your teeth black can actually make them whiter.
Find out why you should ditch your normal toothpaste and give the black stuff a try…
The benefits of charcoal toothpaste
Most people would admit that their teeth aren’t brilliant-white, with 7 out of 10 people in a 2013 survey saying they wanted whiter teeth. Reasons for a brighter smile included wanting to look younger and boosting self-esteem.
With no added chemicals, charcoal toothpaste is a natural teeth whitener with antibacterial properties. It can help to brighten teeth by removing plaque and the stains caused by smoking and drinking tea, coffee and red wine. It can also give you a fresher feeling by removing the bacteria that causes bad breath.
How does charcoal whiten teeth?
The charcoal found in charcoal toothpaste, beauty products and supplements isn’t the same charcoal you’d use to fuel your BBQ. The charcoal in toothpaste is ‘activated charcoal’ which is made when charcoal is heated with a gas which causes it to expand and pores to be created. These pores absorb toxins and other substances, such as tartar, with the result being whiter teeth.
Safety note: you must only use activated charcoal as a beauty product; non-activated charcoal could cause you harm (so no chewing on a BBQ briquette to clean your teeth).
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Ecodenta Extra Black Whitening Toothpaste
Ecodenta is a fluoride-free, charcoal toothpaste. It contains Teavigo™, a natural green tea extract, which helps to protect against tartar and provides antibacterial benefits. Your teeth should feel fresher and cleaner from the very first time you use it.