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How To Whiten Your Teeth With Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is ridiculously popular right now. It is being used in face washes, scrubs, masks, toothpaste, and even shampoo! I started using activated charcoal before it became trendy. I used it for upset stomachs. Somewhere along the line, several years ago I read on a blog that activated charcoal also worked incredibly well to whiten teeth.

This is what activated charcoal looks like.

Now, I have used numerous teeth whiteners in the past. Everything from Crest White Strips to Go Smile and whitening toothpastes in between. I will admit though, nothing has whitened my teeth as well as activated charcoal. The best part though, is that there is no sensitivity afterwards.

Activated charcoal doesn't bleach the stains on your teeth. Instead it works by gently drawing the stains off of your teeth.

So, let's get started!

Please be advised that I am not a dental professional, if you follow my tutorial, you do so at your own risk. Please consult a dentist before commencing with this or any other type of at-home teeth-whitening regimen to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you.


- Activated Charcoal Tablets. I found them at my local health food store. If you can't find them locally, you can purchase them on Amazon, HERE. (Affiliate Link)
- Water
- A mouth guard. You can find these at most drug stores. If you can't find them locally, you can buy one on Amazon HERE (Affiliate Link). I just used an old grind guard that I have had for ages.
- A bowl and spoon


I have seen numerous videos of people emptying out a charcoal capsule onto their toothbrush and vigorously brushing their teeth for 1-3 minutes. That is NOT what we are going to be doing as we don't know the hardness of charcoal powder and whether or not it could damage tooth enamel. We are going to be making a paste instead. 

Please be careful, because activated charcoal may stain clothing, counters, etcetera.

In a small bowl, break open 2 charcoal capsules and pour them into a bowl. Add a few drops of water and then mix the substance together into a paste.

Pour or spoon the paste into your mouth guards and then place the mouth guards on your teeth. 

Leave it on for 15-30 minutes.

Once the time is up, remove the mouth guards and wash them out. Rinse your mouth vigorously with plenty of fresh clean water.


Now check out your pearly whites!

I personally use this method once every 6 months or so to keep my teeth sparkling clean! I would not suggest doing it more often than that.

Let me know how this method worked for you in the comments section below. i would love to hear from you.

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