Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening – Coconut Oil Pulling
If the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is the gateway to your emotions. A smile conveys joy; a frown, sadness or a pout to show you’re wounded. Because of this, we have long been focused on getting our smiles as white as possible. Through dental veneers and harsh bleaches to natural remedies, there are many ways to achieve whiter teeth. One of the most non-invasive, natural, and gentle ways to get your teeth a few shades lighter and remove some staining that occurs over time is using coconut oil!
Coconut Oil Pulling is a 3,000-year-old Indian Ayurvedic tradition used to clean your teeth and gums of bacteria which can cause discoloration and staining; it also helps prevent cavities and bad breath! The lauric acid found in the oil helps remove plaque, acts as an anti-inflammatory and has antimicrobial properties which all aid in oral health. There are no harsh chemicals, its tastes delicious, it helps heal inflammation and sore/bleeding gums, soothes a dry throat and cracked/dry lips, and it gives your skin and hair a healthier glow when used regularly.
To practice coconut oil pulling, start each morning off with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Let it melt in your mouth then swish the liquid around continuously for 20 minutes, covering all areas of your mouth, teeth, and gums. Spit the oil into the trash (avoid the drain, it will cause clogs when it collects and hardens), rinse your mouth with warm water, and brush as you normally would. You can also mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda together to form a paste and use this as your daily toothpaste after your swishing – you may want to add some natural peppermint or spearmint extract to freshen the taste.
Depending on how dark your teeth are to start, it may take a while to see visual changes, but keep at it. It will happen – stay diligent and patient.