Oral health is incredibly important... but it's often overlooked. Next thing you know, you're sitting in the dentist's chair spending all the money you don't have on a dental cleaning.

Let's avoid having to make that dreaded dentist appointment and get on with the activated charcoal trend that can get you whiter teeth without spending heaps of cash.

Activated charcoal has been proven to trap toxins and chemicals, and remove them from the body by sucking them into its millions of tiny little pores. It whitens teeth by adsorbing plaque and other microscopic particles that may stain your teeth. But not only does it help whitening teeth, it also restores the pH balance in your mouth, helps prevent bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

The best part about activated charcoal is that it is totally natural, safe to use, and can be incredibly cost-effective. While everyone's oral health is different and everyone's teeth have different needs, if you haven't given activated charcoal a chance yet, what's the harm in trying? Especially when it's super cheap.

You never know, you might just find your newest teeth whitening obsession.

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Aim Naturals Charcoal Powder

Amazon, $19.99

Aim Natural's organic Charcoal Powder helps lift stains from your teeth without the use of any harsh chemicals that might damage the enamel. While whitening strips and UV light can be effective for some, it can be very harmful to your health. This activated charcoal powder is one of Amazon's top-rated and most natural.

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Nature's Way Activated Charcoal Capsules

Amazon, $14.94

If you're looking for an even more affordable option, you can get your hands on Nature's Way Activated Charcoal capsules. Much like the Aim Natural's Charcoal Powder, it acts the same way to lift stains from your teeth. The thing is, it's a little more DIY. You'll have to disassemble the charcoal capsules yourself and mix in with a bit of water to create a charcoal toothpaste.

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Colgate Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrush

Amazon, $5.16

If you want to get pearly white teeth without all the charcoaly mess, try using Colgate's Slim Soft Charcoal Toothbrushes. The bristles are charcoal infused and the tip is shaped thin and slim to reach deep between your teeth and along the gum line to remove stains.

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SKYgeneric Bamboo Charcoal Infused Electric Toothbrush Heads

Amazon, $24.99 (20 piece set)

If you prefer to use an electric toothbrush over a manual one, then you'll love these SKYgeneric replaceable toothbrush heads. The nylon bristles are infused with bamboo charcoal that absorbs toxins and stains from your teeth for a whiter smile. One order also comes with 20 replaceable heads that are compatible with any Oral B electric toothbrush.

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Lucky Teeth Xtra Whitening Toothpaste

Amazon, $17

Lucky Teeth's Xtra Whitening Toothpaste is an all-natural, organic product that uses activated charcoal that removes stains from teeth, cleans the surface of your teeth from tartar and prevents plaque build up. It also contains oregano oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon oil, and clove oil which all have health benefits that are good for your oral health.