How activated charcoal works

Activated charcoal has many health benefits, but how exactly does it work to whiten teeth and improve dental health?  

There are a few functions which make this substance a dental miracle. 

Alkalinity

Activated charcoal is extremely alkaline. The modern diet, which is generally rich in carbs and sugars, creates an acidic environment in the mouth, which is fertile ground for a number of bacteria. These bacteria colonize the mouth, and excrete acids which erode teeth.

Absorption

The charcoal's porous texture has a negative electrical charge, which causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases. Because of this, it binds to toxins, bacteria and plaque, safely removing them from the mouth upon rinsing. 

RDA

Imagine a scotch pad you use to do dishes. It has the perfect coarse texture to remove unwanted scraps and stains from the plate, without leaving any scratches or damaging the place. Activated charcoal has a lower abrasion rating than most teeth whitening compounds on the market, but coupled with its capacity to bind to plaque and toxins, this is the perfect amount to remove stains and bacteria from the teeth without damaging them. 

 

In short, activated charcoal is nothing short of a miracle in the modern world, and on top of that, its made from some of the most renewable resources we have!