Activated charcoal seems to be in everything these days -- face masks, juices, toothpaste, and now… toothbrushes?
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “charcoal” is a summer barbeque, don’t panic. There’s a big difference between the charcoal used for your outdoor grill and the activated charcoal that’s being used in dental care.
Charcoal briquettes are compressed carbon. Through the process of making them, the charcoal’s absorptive properties are lost. Instead, it’s able to burn for long times to effectively grill burgers.
On the other hand, charcoal becomes “activated” when oxygen is introduced. Activated charcoal holds millions of microscopic pockets that can absorb acids and bacteria.
This can take your oral health to a new level. So I have 5 advantages of using a charcoal toothbrush over the normal, everyday toothbrush.
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Your teeth become stained when you eat acidic foods. Drinks such as coffee, tea and soft drinks contain acids that stick to your teeth and start to discolor your enamel. The more of these foods and drinks you consume, the more yellow and stained your teeth will become.
When you brush with charcoal, its absorptive properties will pull the acids away from your teeth. In turn, your smile will look brighter and healthier.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste can be quite effective at stripping your teeth of cavity-causing plaque -- and sometimes your protective enamel.
Getting rid of harmful plaque is ideal, but when the enamel is damaged, that can create some serious problems. It will be easier to get cavities and any sensitivity you have will increase.
A charcoal toothbrush is gentle while being effective at removing plaque. The activated charcoal naturally pulls plaque away from your teeth while leaving the enamel in place.
Activated charcoal doesn’t stop at plaque removal. It can also freshen your breath.
Chemicals in our food can fill our mouths with gross odors. Your breath gets worse and worse the longer the chemicals stay in your mouth.
Charcoal toothbrushes pull the chemicals away from your teeth, gums and tongue. Then they can fester elsewhere, while you enjoy fresh breath.
Your mouth is full of hard-to-clean crevices that germs can hide in. So it’s no secret that your mouth is a breeding ground for germs and dangerous bacteria.
Since you can’t easily clean spots behind your molars and wisdom teeth, they cultivate germs that can lead to possible oral health issues and a host of diseases.
Charcoal toothbrushes work like a magnet to pull the germs out of your mouth so you can spit them into the sink. Switching to a charcoal-infused brush may help you decrease your risk of cavities and infections.
Finally, switching to a charcoal toothbrush helps our planet!
Those who make charcoal toothbrushes are focused on the health benefits of not just you and their customers but also Mother Earth.
These eco-friendly toothbrushes are made from sustainable bamboo and can be recycled when you’re done using them.
By ditching the plastics found in regular toothbrushes, you’re helping to lower your usage of nonrenewable resources and decreasing your negative environmental impact.
At first it might seem strange to think about brushing with charcoal. However, it can be incredibly beneficial.
If a brighter smile, fresher breath, and a more environmentally conscious approach are appealing, then start brushing with a charcoal toothbrush!
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Manual toothbrushes have been overshadowed by battery-powered and professional-grade toothbrushes for a while. However, an activated charcoal toothbrush is the latest trend in at-home dental care. And I think this trend is here to stay. Here’s what you should know for the next time you come across this all-natural product.