It seems that whitening your teeth with charcoal is the new big thang. And, I'll be honest, I'm pretty into it!
Charcoal? Teeth? Huh? Bare with me, babe. We're not talking about putting any old charcoal in that mouth of yours.
Activated charcoal is highly absorbent, and works to remove any toxins it might come into contact with. It's been used for centuries to bind to, and remove, unwanted chemicals from the body - most popularly, when someone ingests poison. You might even have a water filter that harnesses the ability of activated charcoal to remove baddies.
So, why put it in your mouth and spread it all over your teeth? Yep, you guessed it - activated charcoal can help to pull toxins from the mouth and whiten those pearlies. Au revoir, bacteria. Ciao, stains. Fair warning: your mouth will look terrifyingly black until you rinse. But, aside from binding to the tannins found in stain-causing coffee, tea and wine, activated charcoal can help to improve mouth health, maintain a balanced oral pH level, and eliminate nasty bacteria responsible for decay and gingivitis.
How can you use it? Simply dab your damp toothbrush or finger into the powdered charcoal, and gently rub it into your teeth in small circles for a couple of minutes before rinsing well. You can also add a little powder to your coconut oil when you oil pull.
Buuuut, if the black mouth look just don't appeal, don't stress. You can find activated charcoal in natural toothpaste too. My favourite is this one by Dr Brite, which contains white activated charcoal (called Binchotan - totally eradicating black mouth) but also Vitamin C and other goodies.
Oh, and don't forget: it's important not to replace your brushing, flossing and dental check-ups with charcoal (or oil pulling, or anything else). Better to have all bases covered, right? Right.
References: Mamamia, Nourished Life.