Now before we jump directly into the results, it’s important to understand what this stuff is all about to not only quell a few fears, but to properly educate you on this relatively new grooming product.
Sure, we may have evaluated bad breath toothpastes in the past, but we wanted to do this one justice and give you a fully informed write up on what you should expect when this product shows up at your doorstep.
What Is Activated Charcoal and Why Is It Making It’s Way Into So Many Products?
A quick search online and you will begin to see more and more products using activated charcoal as the leading active ingredient. Found in sponges, exfoliators, and more, this incredibly versatile ingredient is key to both skin and oral health.
While it goes outside the scope of this post, activated charcoal has many antioxidant properties. When found in skin care products, this will help to not only block free radicals but can also reduce pore size, which will ultimately give your skin a much healthier glow and an even-toned complexion.
Therefore, if you are like many men who are ahead of the grooming curb, then these products may definitely be worth checking out.
But the real reason why you are here, has to do with your mouth.
Unlike so many other products and ingredients that just concentrate on one very small facet of a healthy smile, activated charcoal works your mouth on many different levels.
First and foremost, activated charcoal will help to level out the pH balance within your mouth.
Why’s this important?
At the end of the day, an overly acidic or basic pH balance may lead to an environment where bacteria can thrive.
An overload of bacteria in your mouth can lead to many differing symptoms. First and foremost, the creation of plaque from the decaying food can be incredibly bad for many reasons.
First, plaque will coat the surface of both your teeth and gums, which will ultimately lead to halitosis (i.e. bad breath). Secondly, plaque, if left alone for too long, will begin to harden and develop into tartar.
Tartar if you aren’t already aware, is extremely hard to clean off your teeth at home. Therefore, your dentist will do the heavy lifting during your yearly dental cleanings with his or her specialized tools.
But plaque on the other hand, is just a slimy film that can easily be removed via your toothbrush.
The key here with activated charcoal and how it plays such a pivotal role in oral health is that it naturally absorbs plaque – giving your pearly whites a huge boost in cleanliness!
Secondly, activated charcoal, given its natural consistency will do an incredibly good job at brightening your smile.
While not nearly as effective as a standard white strip, activated charcoal will get you a few shades lighter in only a fraction of the time (i.e. 2 to 3 brushes).
So, with all these benefits, surly you can pitch your existing toothpaste and go for this stuff now right?!
Well, not exactly…
Does A Charcoal Toothpaste Replace Your Existing Toothpaste?
You see, as good as activated charcoal is at removing plaque, preventing cavities, and brightening your smile, it just simply isn’t a daily toothpaste.
Some men have claimed that when trying to use an activated toothpaste on a daily basis (at least twice a day), their gums started to feel a bit raw.
This irritation is a sign that your body just simply can’t tolerate it any more.
Most manufacturers of these brand new activated charcoal toothpaste recommend that you don’t brush more than two or three times a week.
Between using an activated charcoal toothpaste, you will simply want to use your existing toothpaste for a gentler cleansing.
How To Use Activated Charcoal Properly
When it comes to using activated charcoal, you may have noticed in the summary table above and the detailed reviews below that it comes in two primary forms:
- Tube (paste)
- Tub (powder)
The tube version is akin to a standard toothpaste. Put about an almond sized amount on the end of your toothbrush and scrub for the time prescribed on the side of the tube – nothing new here.
But the tub version may throw a few men off.
Don’t worry – it’s not going to be that complicated of a process.
To use the powered form of activated charcoal – follow these simple steps:
- Run your toothbrush under the water for several seconds to get the bristles both clean and fully wet.
- Tap out the excess water in the bristles. The goal here is to just make sure that the bristles are damp so the charcoal will latch on to the wet bristles.
- Simply dip the first ¼ or so of the head into the charcoal powder. Trust me when I say this guys – a little bit will go a very long way.
- Begin brushing as normal for the time recommended on the side of the container (usually a couple of minutes).
Now there is one catch when it comes to charcoal toothpastes and that has to do with staining.
But not the kind you would initially think.
You see, when you put this stuff in your mouth it won’t necessarily stain your teeth, gums, or surrounding skin on your face.
Although your entire mouth will become black.
Note: If you have dental work such as veneers, crowns, etc. be sure to consult with your family dentist. We didn’t have dental work on our teeth to test this against and don’t want to cause any issues for our readers. Some activated charcoal powders and pastes do say they work on crowns.
But there have been some reports from users that this stuff may cause staining of grout, porcelain, or other fixtures that are normally found in the bathroom (personally we didn’t experience this issue).
Therefore, for some men who like to be extremely cautious, we would recommend that you put down some paper towels into your sink or be sure that you spit into a glass cup once you are done brushing.
This will allow you to safely dispose the product directly down the drain with little chance of incidental staining.
Worried About Ingesting Charcoal? Don’t Worry So Were We
Fortunately, there have been some research done on this so we didn’t feel like guinea pigs when testing even the best charcoal toothpastes out there.
Activated charcoal is naturally found as being a primary filtering material for water filters.
Therefore, this stuff shouldn’t do any harm when accidentally ingested into your body (now I am sure if you swallow a gallon of this stuff it might not be good for you).
Being that charcoal is an natural antioxidant, its often mentioned on several wellness sites that it can be used as a home remedy, when in a pinch, should there be an accidental ingestion of poison or other toxic material per WebMD.
Charcoal when ingested, doesn’t get absorbed into the body, instead it goes along the GI tract and picks up the nasty toxins along the way.
To further validate its safety, activated charcoal is available in capsule form for those out there that are looking to ease their digestion and ultimately bind up the gunk along the intestines when making its way through your system.
In addition, some nutritionists will add a few scoops into a glass of water as part of a detox regimen.
If there is any side effect of ingesting charcoal is that your stools may become black.