You’ve probably heard by now that coconut oil has many skin care benefits.
You can use it to moisturize your skin, make your hair silky and shiny, and it’s edible! That brings us to what today’s post is going to be all about.
Did you know you can use coconut oil to whiten teeth?
White Teeth Are Part Of a Healthy Smile
A healthy smile is a major factor in a person’s beauty. Clean white teeth and healthy gums show that a person cares about their appearance and has good oral hygiene, making them more attractive.
Our teeth are yellowed by plaque, many of the things we eat and drink (such as coffee and wine), and other bad habits like smoking.
We all want to reverse the damage by removing plaque and stains. However, many of the at home teeth whitening techniques and products on the market contain harmful chemicals that can damage our enamel and seep into our bloodstream, affecting our health. Plus these treatments can be costly, uncomfortable, and gross!
Thankfully, you can use coconut oil to whiten teeth! This all natural alternative really works, is inexpensive, and is easy to use.
How To Use Coconut Oil to Whiten Teeth
Coconut oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins from the mouth, teeth, and gums. The removal of these impurities not only improves your oral health, it whitens your teeth!
This is accomplished by swishing the coconut oil in your mouth, much like mouthwash. The toxins and plaque that are lifted from the teeth and stick to the oil and are removed from your body when you spit the oil out.
This technique is called oil pulling.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling has been around for 3,000 years! It is the practice of swishing oil (usually coconut or sunflower oil) around the mouth for health benefits. This practice is rooted in Ayurvedic medicine.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a long-chain fatty acid which has antimicrobial benefits. This bacteria fighter is attributed with most of the benefits of oil pulling.
How To: Oil Pulling
Traditionalists say that you should practice oil pulling with 1 tablespoon of oil for 20 minutes each morning to see the maximum effects.
If 20 minutes of swishing every day sounds like a lot, you’re not alone.
Try starting off with 5 minutes or so a few days a week and work your way up.
Swish gently, you’re not trying to work your jaw muscles with this exercise, you’re just trying to pass the oil around all the crevices of your teeth.
Once you’ve hit your time limit, spit the oil (and all the toxins and plaque it gathered!) into the trash or toilet. Avoid the sink so that you don’t clog your drain!
Have you had success with oil pulling? Share your story, tips, and tricks in the comments below! Learn more teeth whitening tips here!
Of course, oil pulling does not replace an oral hygiene regimen! If you are in Gilroy, CA be sure to contact us at Gary Nishimura, D.D.S. & Associates for all your dental needs!