You may have recently seen popular YouTubers and DIY “health experts” demonstrating the amazing tooth whitening power of activated charcoal. The instructions are simple: place activated charcoal on a toothbrush and brush in small circles before rinsing. It works, too. In some instances, teeth can become visibly whiter after just one treatment.
Here’s the rub: activated charcoal is not actually safe for your teeth. In fact, it’s downright unsafe.
What’s Wrong with Activated Charcoal?