The effectiveness of activated charcoal dates from a long time ago. Egyptian doctors would recommend it for medicinal purposes, while North American Indians used it for skin infections.
Charcoal is powerful for a lot of reason, and one of them is because of its ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there. It can adsorb thousands of times its own weight.
To transform charcoal into activated charcoal, it is grounded then placed in a steam chamber. This opens up the charcoal and exposes its surface a lot more, so it can adsorb much more.
Did you know: If we could unfold one gram of activated charcoal it would equal anywhere from 500 to 1500m2. One teaspoon of activated charcoal powder (about 3.3gms) has about the same surface area as a football field.
Activated charcoal is harmless and there are no ill effects in contact with the skin. It is rated "Safe and Effective" by the FDA.
Why does it whiten our teeth?
Activated charcoal pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. Remember when we explained how charcoal adsorb 10 times its own weight? It can also be pretty helpful for changing the pH of the mouth, by killing the bacterias present in tooth decay.
While charcoal is hard by nature, it will not scratch your teeth. This makes the use of activated charcoal one of the most effective, safe, and natural way to whiten your teeth.
Here at Charbon Noir, we only use food grade charcoal made from coconut shell, which is the highest quality available on the market.