Is it possible that Coconut Oil can be used to get Whiter Teeth Naturally?
Coconut oil is making a miraculous comeback after generations of being treated as a “bad oil”. Today there is no limit to the amount of health benefits that it is touted to support.
It can be used as a hair conditioner, skin lotion, sun block, sun tan enhancer, healthier oil for cooking, enhance weight loss, heal infections. It is reported to help with diabetes by controlling blood sugar. It is being studied as a benefit to Alzheimer patients.
It is good for the liver, the kidney, the heart, the pancreas and bones!
It is very affordable, only around $15 a jar and can be found in places like GNC, Amazon or most local health food stores.
Science already has proven that coconut oil helps the body absorb calcium. This 2007 NIH study found that coconut oil will enhance oral calcification. It falls short of claiming it will whiten teeth, but let’s try and connect the dots.
Coconut oil has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The anti-bacterial nature supports claims that it can help Whiten Teeth. By adding the oil to your daily morning routine the less bacteria in your mouth results in less plaque build up. Less plaque build up could mean whiter teeth naturally.
There are two common methods to using Coconut Oil for your teeth. Oil pulling, or adding it to home made tooth paste.
Oil Pulling is an Ayurveda process, which dates back an estimated 5,000-10,000 years and is widely considered one of the oldest methods in the world for treating illnesses.
The basic steps for oil pulling is simple. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around. Then spit it out.
It is best done in the morning before you eat or drink anything. The oil needs to be swished around in your mouth for 20 minutes. This is important. Less than that and it might not work.
The swishing part has a technique to it. You want to make sure to aggressively swish back and forth, side to side to ensure every bit of your mouth is covered. Once done swishing, spit the oil out into the toilet, not your sink! Coconut Oil becomes a solid at temperatures below 76 degrees so keep it out of your sink drain. Lastly, brush your teeth as you normally would
It is important to remember not to swallow the oil! After 20 minutes the oils may have bonded to toxins in your mouth and you do not want to swallow them.
The benefits of pulling is supported by scientific studies that conclude “Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health”.
If oil pulling does not appeal to you then don’t fret. You can still test the method by simply using it on your tooth brush.
A common recipe might include two tbsp of Coconut Oil with 3 tbps of baking soda. Make a paste out of this combination and then apply it to your tooth brush. Set your egg timer, and rinse when finished. (See our Tips page)
No matter which method you choose to try, there is growing evidence that you can use coconut oil to get Whiter Teeth Naturally.