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How To Whiten Your Teeth Using Activated Charcoal

October 10, 2015

We all want whiter teeth (even if we don’t want to admit it), right?
Between my morning coffee & my love for red wine . . . My pearly whites could use all the help they can get!
But I lead an organic (atleast 90%) lifestyle & am scared of using harsh chemicals on my teeth all of the time! So, what did I find? . . .

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Wait, what? You whiten your teeth with this messy, black powder?
My thoughts exactly & the answer is – yes! 

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We switched out our commercial toothpaste for a much better alternative months ago & haven’t looked back. . . But, I still want to be able to whiten my teeth! Thank goodness for Be Naturally Prepared.

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I stumbled across activated charcoal when browsing their amazing site! Heather, the owner, shared the story of how she discovered this whitening gem–

“When building her family’s first aid kit, she learned about activated charcoal – it’s used for emergency treatment of poisoning and effectiveness at removing toxins from our bodies makes it one of the most useful items in our health care cabinet and a product that should be in all homes at all times.
What I didn’t know about, until researching nature’s warrior, is that activated charcoal’s use dates all the way back to 1550 BC. I also read an amazing story that in 1831, a French Professor drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell about it. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal and through a process called adsorption, the activated charcoal bound to the poison and detoxed it from his body leaving him to live to tell about it.”
-Heather of Be Naturally Prepared
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Activated charcoal is a odorless, non-toxic, tasteless, fine black powder. It is most commonly made from bamboo or coconut shells and works by binding to chemicals and toxins within our bodies and removing them.

Once Heather began researching its use, she came across several blog posts sharing that activated charcoal whitened their teeth. She was blown away and over the moon excited to try. When she tried it & achieved fantastic results, she knew she had to carry in on her site.

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So, now that I’ve tried it, I’m sharing how to use it & how it worked for me:
Add some toothpaste to your Radius toothbrush
Sprinkle on or dip your brush in a tiny bit of the activated charcoal
Brush, brush, brush like normal
Rinse really well
Do this about 2-3 times per week!
Over the course of a week, doing this 2-3 times, my teeth looked whiter + brighter and my gums felt healthier. The charcoal is completely tasteless and besides making a bit of a mess in the sink (it washed out with soapy water), I’m a believer!

Of course, I had to mention my love for radius toothbrushes because I’m obsessed! I have always had problems with my gums bleeding. . . I have healthy checkups at the dentist, use the softest bristles + don’t brush hard but I’ve always been sensitive about it. One day I decided to try this different brand (fancy toothbrushes in my mind) & BOOM! No bleeding. So soft. My teeth feel amazing! I’ve been a convert ever since. Just thought I would share that.

Also, I was an easy convert because their brand provides products that are as safe and toxin-free as possible, using materials that don’t include any BPA, suspect or harmful chemicals or unnecessary additives. Radius products are also free from latex, phthalate, glutens, and non-FDA-approved colors and dyes. (I care about companies that care about my health!)

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If you are looking for a simple way to whiten and brighten your teeth or searching for the most important item to add to your health care kit, Activated Charcoal is it!

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Thanks for reading! I'm a photographer, writer & environmental advocate excited to be sharing regenerative solutions, ideas & concepts for our lives & businesses with you. 


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