The Evolution of Charcoal

THE EVOLUTION OF CHARCOAL

Charcoal, otherwise known as ‘black magic’, has been used for centuries for its healing and adsorption properties. See some of its uses throughout history, and why it remains a vital substance to human life to this day.

8000BC
 
Native Americans combined charcoal powder with water to treat stomach ailments.
3750BC
 
Bronze was made by the Ancient Egyptians using charcoal to smelt ores.
1500BC
 
Egyptians used charcoal’s adsorption properties to mask festering wound odours.
400BC
 
Channelling its antiseptic powers, the Ancient Hindus and Phoenicians began using charcoal to purify drinking water.
27BC
 
Romans made toothpaste by combining charcoal powder with crushed bones, oyster shells and bark. I came, I saw, I brushed!
50AD
 
Hippocrates, the Greek physician considered the father of natural medicine, treated many patients’ ailments with activated carbon including epilepsy, chlorosis and vertigo.
1794
 
Carbon was revealed to be a successful decolouring agent, and particularly helped to produce white sugar. Yes, black can sometimes turn into white, it seems.
1820
 
Used to treat poultices, slough ulcers and treat gangrenous sores, charcoal was recorded in medical journals as an antidote for poison, and a treatment for intestinal disorders.
1915
 
Activated carbon was placed in gas masks by American soldiers in WW1, as a protective measure against poison gas.
1979
 
By 1979 activated charcoal was widely employed for industrial use, to purify drinking water and industrial waste, and to offset toxic gases. It was also used to clean bottles and winery tanks.

Deep Clean with Charcoal from 2015

The purification properties of charcoal have been eagerly adopted by the health and beauty industry. Pharmaceutical charcoal is used in soaps, face cleansers and deodorant to adsorb grease and dirt in pores. Bamboo charcoal has emerged as a popular additive to food. The black magic trend now includes charcoal peanuts, doughnuts and even hamburgers.

Colgate launches Total Charcoal Deep Clean- a toothpaste with micro-charcoal particles that acts on the teeth, tongue, cheek and gums to protect 100% of the mouth and give superior deep clean. Cheers to charcoal!

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Tips to Prevent Tooth Discoloration After TEETH WHITENING

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  • Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages – coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, hard candy, berries and tomato sauce are all foods that can cause tooth discoloration.
  • Use a straw – when drinking beverages, use a straw to keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth.
  • Quit smoking – smoking tobacco can cause teeth to become discolored. Eliminating tobacco can help keep your teeth bright.

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