I don’t know if you’ve heard of this thing called “oil pulling” or not, but I thought it was pretty weird when I first heard about it. And you all know what that means: if it’s weird, I’ll give it a try. Oil pulling with coconut oil to reduce plaque, gingivitis, bad breathe, cavities, and even to whiten teeth naturally has apparently been used for thousands of years as an old folk remedy.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is kind of an odd phrase. It basically just means that you’re swishing oil around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes. You know…kinda like a mouthwash. Who the heck decided to make us all confused by calling it “oil pulling”?
Anyway… The idea is that it pulls germs and toxins from your mouth into the oil, and then you spit it all out when you’re done.
How does oil pulling with coconut oil whiten teeth naturally?
It has something to do with how it removes the bacteria and biofilm that is left on the teeth by germs. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial and actually kills bacteria in the process. That’s pretty cool. Coconut oil is pretty much my favorite of all the oils because it is so versatile in its uses. And for it to be antimicrobial to boot, that just means it’s always at the top of my shopping list.
How to whiten teeth naturally with coconut oil:
- Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth.
- Swish it around for 15-20 minutes.
- Do your best to push and pull the oil through your teeth.
- Spit it out and then brush your teeth like you normally do.
Doing this consistently has definitely given me results. My teeth are smoother and shinier. Plus the coconut oil is pretty cool at eliminating bacteria from the mouth = no more bad breath. SWEET!
Benefits of using coconut oil:
- Reduces plaque and biofilm
- Eliminates bad breathe
- Kills harmful bacteria
- Reduces gingivitis
- Smoother, shinier teeth
Best deals on coconut oil:
I buy my coconut oil from either Amazon, Costco, or Trader Joe’s. They all seem to have the best deals on organic coconut oil.
So what do you think? Do you use coconut oil and do “oil pulling,” aka using it as a mouthwash (for all us normal people that like easy words)?