How To Whiten Your Teeth At Home Using Activated Charcoal And Hydrogen Peroxide
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure for persons of all ages, and many dentists provide teeth whitening services for their patients. However, people can augment professional whitening by using a couple of safe and useful substances: activated charcoal and hydrogen peroxide. Below is more information on how you can use these "wonder drugs" to easily and inexpensively treat your own teeth in order remove some of the stains:
Materials you will need
- Activated charcoal capsules - This dietary supplement is marketed as a natural treatment for digestive upset and excess gas, so check your local pharmacy or health food store to locate it. Be sure the product you purchase contains only 100% pure activated charcoal.
- Hydrogen peroxide - Purchase a three-percent solution of hydrogen peroxide suitable for antiseptic use. Use a new bottle, as hydrogen peroxide loses its potency soon after the container is opened.
- Small paper cups
- New soft-bristle toothbrush
What you need to do
1. Brush and floss your teeth - Before applying the charcoal treatment to your teeth, start by brushing and flossing your teeth as you normally would do. This will remove particles of food, plaque and other matter that might reduce the effectiveness of the charcoal. The flossing will clear the crevices between your teeth and permit the charcoal to penetrate deeper into the nooks and crannies.
2. Prepare the charcoal paste - Take a small paper cup and cut away the top so that only about 1-inch remains from the bottom to the edge of the cup. Next, carefully cut open or pull apart two activated charcoal capsules and pour the contents inside the modified cup. Add a teaspoon of hot tap water to the cup and mix the charcoal and water with the non-brush end of your toothbrush. Lightly "grind" the charcoal as you stir to help break up any larger particles, and keep stirring until you have created a smooth paste.
3. Brush your teeth with the charcoal paste - After you have made the charcoal paste, dip the brush end of your toothbrush into the mixture and thoroughly soak the bristles. Next, stand in front of a mirror and begin brushing your teeth with the paste. Don't worry about the taste, as activated charcoal is completely tasteless and odorless.
Focus moving the brush in a circular motion on the front of your teeth; do not waste time brushing your back teeth or behind your teeth since any whitening will not be visible. After brushing for about a minute, spit and rinse your toothbrush, then dab more paste on your brush and continue for another minute longer. Be sure not to brush longer than about 3 minutes to avoid the possibility of scraping away enamel.
4. Clean your mouth after brushing - Once you are finished with the second round of brushing, spit out all the paste residue and rinse your mouth with cool tap water. Next, brush your teeth again using your regular toothbrush and toothpaste, and follow-up by flossing to remove any tiny particles of charcoal that might be trapped between your teeth.
5. Rinse with hydrogen peroxide - The last step in your teeth whitening regimen is to rinse with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide contains oxygen molecules that will bind with stain-causing substances and help remove them from your teeth.
Pour about 3 ounces of hydrogen peroxide in a paper cup and swirl it around in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out the contents of the cup. Seal the hydrogen peroxide bottle and keep it stored in your refrigerator to extend the lifespan of the contents.