Everywhere you look, you can't help but see activated charcoal articles or posts. On your news feed, social media, blogs and just about everywhere else online, there it is! But the million dollar questions is, DOES IT WORK?
So first of all what is activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is simply charcoal used for medicinal use derived from organic products such as coconut shells. It's much less porous than regular wood charcoal and treated to make sanitary for consumption. Charcoal has been used in civilization for thousands of years. Much more recently, during World War I, charcoal was used to create chemical masks to detoxify air for soldiers who were exposed to chemical gases. It was then discovered that this detoxifying substance effectively worked to purify water for soldiers out in the fields limited to drinking water from swamps and rivers.
Since then, doctors have found plenty of use for charcoal in emergency rooms to treat patients who have overdosed on prescription drugs or have been exposed to poisonous chemicals. Til this day doctors are still using activated charcoal to treat poisoned patients.
The chemical compound of activated charcoal is what makes it the amazing substance it is. Charcoal is comprised of the atom we know as Carbon. The Carbon atom binds to every other atom and can absorb 1000 times its own weight making it the most absorbing substance on earth.
SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?!
When you just so happen to slap this activated black stuff on a toothbrush and brush your teeth with it, you will be ridding your mouth of bacteria, plaque, tarter and other nasty things causing bad breath and gum disease. The activated charcoal goes hard to work attaching itself to microscopic bacteria in your mouth. When you spit it out (yuck) all the junk in your mouth goes along with it, leaving your mouth cleaner than it's been in a long time. Toothpastes alone will not get rid of most bacteria so the combination of activated charcoal and toothpaste gives your mouth the fighting chance it needs.
Abrasiveness concerns? Activated charcoal is NOT wood charcoal! There is a difference! Critics saying that charcoal is too abrasive for teeth, are usually talking about wood charcoal. Or they are a dentist that would hate for his clients to have to visit less often because of charcoal working wonders in their mouths. Out of thousands of tests and research, there has not been a single test published showing any damage to enamel brushing with activated charcoal.
So go ahead! Give that charcoal scrub a try and see the wonders for yourself!
Charcoal Teeth Scrub Benefits include:
- Removes red wine, tea and coffee stains
- Kills bacteria
- Removes tarter and plaque
- Reduces gingivitis flare ups
- Freshens breath (Thank God!)
- Fights gum disease
- Dramatically slows cavity growth
- Lowers PH levels in mouth