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Can Coconut Oil Really Help Whiten Your Teeth?

Coconut oil for teeth whitening has become increasingly popular as one of the natural methods for whitening yellow teeth. An ancient method used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, it’s an outstanding oral detoxification technique that may sound strange, but all it involves is swishing around a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth like a mouthwash.

Oil pulling works by detoxifying and cleansing the oral cavity, similar to the way soap gets your dirty dishes clean. It literally sucks the bacteria and toxins out of your mouth to create a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.

Coconut oil doesn’t whiten teeth by bleaching but rather with lauric acid. This medium chain fatty acid helps get rid of that bacteria and plaque, major contributors to yellow teeth and has proven to provide both anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

While there haven’t been a ton of studies just yet, as science seems to have just recently begun to take this ancient art more seriously, research is continuing to grow. Another study was highlighted in The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, for example. The researchers reviewed holistic approaches to oral health and found that oil pulling was one of the most effective natural solutions for preventing tooth decay and loss.

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