How to Whiten Teeth & Purify Your Mouth

Heidi Zappone

Posted on January 06 2018

After the holidays is great time to give your mouth and teeth a little pick-me-up. Sugar, coffee, tea and red wine alone, abundant during the holiday can stain teeth quickly  -  and encourage the overgrowth of bacterial and yeast in the mouth.

Here’s a simple way to re-charge your mouth and whiten your teeth quickly, naturally and healthfully:

First, let me say that I am a huge fan of activated charcoal. It has many applications from skin to digestive wellness as well as purification. But we’ll start by discussing how to utilize charcoal to help purify and cleanse the teeth and mouth.


  1. Purchase Activated Food Grade Charcoal Powder—preferably vegan—made from Coconut. Charcoal can be made from many things including wood, coal, petroleum products and animal bones, yes animal bones!
    Capsules are okay too, but opening the capsules can be tricky at times and if the charcoal spills, it will likely stain whatever it touches. The powder is easier to work with for this application.
  2. Put a teaspoon of the powder in a small bowl or small glass.
  3. Wet your toothbrush and dip it in the charcoal.
  4. Thoroughly brush teeth for 2-4 minutes. (This will feel like a long time, but be patient, it'll be worth it.) Your mouth and saliva will look BLACK from the charcoal. It looks weird, but doesn't taste like anything at all.
  5. Rinse mouth thoroughly. Floss and brush teeth one more time with a natural toothpaste. 

**Be careful not to spray on clothes or surrounding area. Charcoal will stain clothes and countertops/tile. I usually wear an old shirt just in case. Thoroughly brush teeth for 2-4 minutes. (This will feel like a long time, but be patient, it'll be worth it.)

This can be done as many times as you like. I generally recommend brushing with Charcoal once—twice per week.

Voila! Whiter teeth and a healthier mouth.

One final note: If it is food grade and from coconut, charcoal is healthy, highly adsorbent and non-toxic. Adsorbent (not absorbent) means it effectively binds to plaque and toxins via it’s negative charge and large porous surface area. It is safe to swallow, but I would recommend spitting it out if you are brushing and cleansing with it since you’ll be pulling toxins and bacterial from your mouth.

** Food grade activated charcoal is not the same as charcoal that goes in your BBQ! Do not use anything other than food grade. Make sure to purchase at a reputable health food store.


With love,

Dr. Heidi Zappone