Activated Charcoal To Whiten Teeth – Does It Work?

Activated Charcoal To Whiten Teeth – Does It Work?

I purchased some Activated Charcoal Capsules a few months ago to try out the latest trend of activated charcoal face masks, and I shared my experience here.

To say it was painful was an understatement! Needless to say, I only ever tried the activated charcoal and PVA glue face mask once. That left me with a bottle of activated charcoal capsules, which I could have used for digestion purposes but forget that they exist whenever I have digestion/bloating.

Another popular use for activated charcoal is teeth whitening. I thought I would test it out, sure that it couldn’t be worse than the face mask, and optimistic that it would work.

Apparently, the activated charcoal powder pulls any surface dirt/stains from teeth, whitening them. Therefore, if your stains are deeper (not surface stains), activated charcoal will not remove them and a more intense method of teeth whitening is required.

To whiten your teeth using activated charcoal you will need:

  • Activated Charcoal (I purchased my capsules from Holland and Barrett – £5.59 for 100 capsules).
  • A wet toothbrush
  • A small bowl

How to whiten your teeth with activated charcoal:

  • Add the powder from 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal to the small bowl
  • Dab the wet toothbrush in activated charcoal powder, and dab onto your teeth. Do not brush your teeth with the activated charcoal powder, as it may damage your tooth enamel.
  • Leave the activated charcoal powder on teeth for 3 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with water (I also brushed my teeth with my regular toothpaste).

My results:

Looking at my before and after photos, I think the activated charcoal did remove some stains from my teeth.



There are clearly some deeper stains that need removing by a different method of teeth whitening.

I am impressed with the results. It took all of 5 minutes and was completely painless. Yes I did look like I had extremely poor dental hygiene while I tried out activated charcoal teeth whitening, but it was worth it.

Definitely do have a go, and don’t forget to share your results on this post 🙂

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