You’ve probably heard that activated charcoal whitens teeth — or maybe this is the first time it’s been brought to your attention. Maybe you’re as curious about this claim as I am, and you’d like to know whether it works before you go out and buy a tube of charcoal toothpaste and give it a shot. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’m gonna test it out and share the results right here.
Now, I’m kind of oldish, and a few months ago, I ditched a 30-odd year smoking habit. I also drink a bottomless cup of black coffee from morning until mid-afternoon, when I switch to iced or hot green tea, depending on the season. So my teeth aren’t the whitest, and I’m interested to see if brushing with charcoal toothpaste makes them whiter — or at least a little less dingy, which is all I can ask for, given my rampant abuse of my choppers.