Yes, this works! I have tried it and my teeth are even whiter and brighter than when I was using harsh whitening chemicals!So after all, there is hope for your poor stained teeth and the best news is that it is safe and effective. I will tell you everything you need to know to get beautiful white teeth using coconut oil with the oil pulling method without any side effects!
Why I Started Using Coconut Oil For My Teeth
I have been drinking tea most of my life so it’s always been a struggle to keep my teeth white. After my dentist appointment, my teeth will be beautiful for a month or so before the old stains start creeping back on.
Although I have never had my teeth professionally whitened and never used a whitening kit, I have been using harsh whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes which have created many problems for me and weakened my teeth.
But everything changed for me when I was introduced to oil pulling. Of course I was a bit skeptical, but there was nothing to lose. So I grabbed my jar of coconut oil and gave it a try and now my teeth are happy. The best part is that I am getting compliments on my teeth lately so I must be doing something right.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an age old Ayurveda practice that has gained modern popularity in promoting oral and systemic health (1). It involves swishing an oil in your mouth in order to improve oral and dental health. It is believed that the oil creates a layer that prevents plaque or bacteria adhering to teeth, it is also able to cut through plaque, bacteria, and toxins “pulling” it off the teeth.
The most commonly used oils are coconut, sesame, and sunflower, but there are other combinations that can be made.
Why Use Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is unique because it contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids of which 45-50 percent is lauric acid. Lauric acid has proven anti inflammatory and antimicrobial effects (2).
One study has shown statistically significant reduction in Streptococcus mutans in participants who were oil pulling using coconut oil, which can be a safe and effective alternative to Chlorhexidine mouth wash.
Oil pulling using coconut oil can also be an effective adjuvant method in decreasing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. A recent study found coconut oil to help decrease plaque and gingivitis just after 7 days of use. What’s amazing is that both continued to decrease during the period of study.
Benefits Of Using Coconut Oil
Helps prevent tooth sensitivity
Prevents and treats gingivitis
Kills bad breath
Heals dry mouth
Heals cracked lips
How To: Oil Pulling Using Coconut Oil
There are various ways of oil pulling, you can try different methods and see what work best for you. I have had amazing results with it the method listed below.
1. Brush your teeth using a natural toothpaste.
2. Place 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth.
3. Swish around for 10-20 minutes.
4. Spit into garbage (coconut oil can be bad for plumbing).
5. Brush your teeth (optional).
* I actually don’t brush my teeth after oil pulling as I find it helps me with tooth sensitivity and creates a oil barrier on my teeth which prevents staining when I drink my tea in the morning. But many experts will tell you to brush your teeth after, so do what feels right for you.
More Tips On Oil Pulling
— Do this everyday if you can but 3-4 times a week is still very effective.
— Morning is a good time to do it as creates to barrier to prevent staining when you drink your coffee or tea.
— You don’t have to waste time on oil pulling –it’s a long time to wait so check your emails, read an article, and the time will fly!
— If you can’t do 10-15 minutes, 5 minutes is also beneficial.
When Will I See Results From Oil Pulling
I started to see a difference after 2 weeks, my teeth were brighter, whiter, and less sensitive. A month of oil pulling and my teeth were whiter than when I would use whitening toothpastes. So give it some time!
Refined Vs Virgin Coconut Oil
There are two main types of coconut oils out there, refined and virgin. Although it’s pricier, I prefer to buy the virgin version as it has less processing and it may retain more of it’s natural properties and nutrients. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Fayne Frey, founder of FryFace.com, even suggested that virgin could potentially be better than refined as a moisturizer . (3)
I’ve Been Using Oil Pulling and I’m Not Getting Any Results
Here’s the thing, we are all different and will have some variation in the ph of our mouth such as saliva, enzymes, and bacteria. Some people’s mouths can be more acidic than others, and we have distinct diets which can contribute to varied results. What works for one person may not work so well for another.
If you are not getting the results you hoped for, try another oil. But don’t give up to easily, I have had great success with oil pulling and there is a good chance you may too. Also keep in mind, we are not bleaching our teeth with coconut oil so the teeth will have more of a natural luster to them rather than a bleached out white.
Problems With Using Chemical Whiteners
Although I loved the immediate results I was getting using harsh toothpastes to whiten my teeth, I noticed that my teeth would also get stained just as easily as they would lighten up. I realized that over time my teeth became more porous and sensitive, so they were more likely to absorb the stains.
Dangers of Using Harsh Chemical Whitening Products
1. Tooth sensitivity
2. Damage to tooth enamel
3. Teeth can become porous
4. Teeth more easily stain in the future
6. Dry Mouth
Please see your dentist if you have problems with your teeth as it can be a serious problem. Oil pulling should not replace proper dental care or treatment by your dentist. Some people may be allergic to coconut, stop using immediately if you develop pain, burning, itching, redness, swelling, or any other symptoms.
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