A popular item that has been making the health and beauty scene as of late is coconut oil. It is said to not only offer unique beauty benefits, but since it is fit for human consumption, you can also reap a multitude of health benefits from it such as weight loss. Though coconut oil is not recommended in high quantities due to the level of saturated fat it has, in moderation you can be successful adding it to your beauty routine.
You can puchase coconut oil as a thick buttery textured substance or in a liquid form. This makes it very versatile. One such use for coconut oil that has become popular is for coconut oil teeth whitening. This article will give you an overview of the benefits of using it for coconut oil teeth whitening and other benefits you may find.
Top 4 Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening Benefits and Uses
1. Coconut Oil as a Rinse
Sometimes called oil pulling, you may hear of people using this technique for coconut oil teeth whitening. It is an old remedy that many people swear by. Many enjoy the flavor and because coconut oil contains lauric acid, you can actually see a difference in color.
How to apply:
- Before you brush your teeth when you wake up, place about a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil (the buttery kind) into your mouth.
- It may be difficult at first but the heat of your mouth will soften the oil making it liquidy as it warms.
- Push and swish the oil around coating all of your teeth for about 15 minutes.
- Spit out the oil into the trash bin to avoid build-up in your drain, and rinse with water before getting into your daily brushing routine
Why it works:
Although you won’t see as big of a difference with coconut oil teeth whitening as you will with conventional bleaching, the lauric acid helps you get rid of the bacteria that cause the yellowing of teeth and it is natural not harsh like bleaching with chemicals.
Many say it also leaves their breath sweet smelling and fresh. It is also supposed to help support healthy gums. Coconut oil teeth whitening is a great natural option to bleaches.
2. Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening and Tooth Decay
Your mouth is full of bacteria; there is just no way around it. Some are beneficial to your oral health while others cause plaque buildup on your teeth and in turn, decay. Plaque causes your enamel to soften allowing bacteria to take advantage of this vulnerability.
Though brushing and flossing help keep plaque away, using coconut oil orally can further help by keeping those pesky bacteria at bay.
How to apply:
- Use 3 parts coconut oil (melted or liquid) and add it to 2 parts baking soda to create a paste.
- Warm your brush with hot water and then scoop up some of the paste.
- Use a circular motion to coat teeth and gums.
- Spit into the waste bin and rinse with water before beginning your regular brushing routine.
- Add this to your dental regimen two or three times a week.
Why it works:
The fatty content in coconut oil breaks down to an acid which is full of enzymes that combat viruses, toxins, and bacteria. This includes those that cause tooth decay and tooth yellowing. It can also help prevent infection by minimizing bacterial growth.
Plus, the oil is very easy on your digestive system making it safe even for those watching their insulin levels.
3. Gingivitis Prevention
Another plus to coconut oil is gingivitis prevention. Gingivitis is a gum disease caused by plaque getting built up in tooth gaps and spaces over time. It can cause bleeding, bone loss, and periodontitis. Usually a strong mouthwash is suggested as treatment.
However, studies have shown that coconut oil pulling is as strong and effective as prescription mouthwash by reducing gingivitis up to 60 percent. Compared to the 13 percent prevention through brushing and flossing alone, and you can see the measurable benefit of adding coconut oil.
How to apply:
- After brushing and flossing. Drink a glass of water to promote saliva flow.
- Heap a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and swish it around.
- Go about preparing for your day and after 15 minutes spit the oil out into the trash bin.
- Use a warm water rinse to get rid of any bacteria trapped in the coconut oil film left behind.
- Enjoy the clean feeling and sweet breath left behind.
4. Sweet, Fresh Breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is embarrassing. Using gum and mints only masks the issue and doesn’t last long. Plus many contain sugar which further negatively affects the problem.
With coconut oil, you can enjoy minimized bad breath causing bacteria and decay. It is as effective as prescription mouthwash and leaves a pleasant sweet smelling freshness behind.
You may at some point hear the term oil pulling. It is an old method to keeping your overall oral health strong and mouth clean. Many oils can be used but coconut oil provides the best overall benefit when compared to the others. Coconut oil is a beneficial alternative to conventional bleaching and chemical based mouthwashes. It can keep bacteria at bay. Also, when added to your regular routine, you can help keep decay, bad breath, and gingivitis from taking over. Though not as immediate and eye-popping white as bleaching systems, coconut oil will give you whiter teeth by controlling those teeth yellowing bacteria as well. As a much more natural and less harsh way to keep your oral health strong and teeth glistening, it is worth a try.
Have you ever tried oil pulling for your teeth? What are your feelings as to its effectiveness? Did the taste or texture pose a problem for you? How long was it before you saw a noticeable difference in the whiteness of your teeth and felt a difference in the cleanliness and health of your mouth? Please leave any helpful comments for others considering oil pulling with coconut oil in the comment section below.
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