Can Coconut Oil Make Your Teeth Whiter? - Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka

Can Coconut Oil Make Your Teeth Whiter?

A Lankan girl’s testimony.

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I love easy-peasy DIY beauty hacks and I scour the internet on a daily basis in search for alternative straight-from-your-kitchen ingredients. Oil pulling is one such practice I stumbled upon during my online explorations. Basically, oil pulling refers to swishing oil (usually coconut) in your mouth for 20 minutes on an empty stomach. This practice dates back to age-old ayurvedic practices and is supposedly a miracle worker at clearing out toxins and bettering overall oral health. Since it’s inexpensive AF, I decided to give it a try.

What you need:

1 Tbs. of high-quality coconut oil

A glass of hot water

What you should do:

Swish around a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, first thing in the morning for 20 minutes. Spit it out, rinse with hot water and follow up with your usual morning routine.

I did this (painstakingly!) for four weeks (give or take a few hungover mornings) to see whether this trick is worth the hype. Firstly, having to set aside a good 20 minutes every morning meant waking up early and that wasn’t fun at all. And really, getting up and putting a spoon of coconut oil takes a bit of getting used to (I gagged and spit it out the very first time!).

But, once you get past the taste and the weird consistency, swishing around oil is really NBD. When you begin, you’ll notice that the oil will get thicker and double in amount. This is due to the fact that the coconut oil absorbs all the bacteria and toxins. If it turns into a thick milky-hued texture when you spit it out, that means you’ve done it right!

After a few weeks, I began noticing that if I didn’t pull oil in the morning, and just brushed my teeth, my mouth felt less clean and rather icky. Although I didn’t see a drastic whitening effect on my teeth, my mouth did feel a lot cleaner.

Bottom Line: If you’re okay with not seeing results pronto, oil pulling is a great, inexpensive way to take better care of your oral health. Plus, I currently lead a #brokestudentlife and I love this trick! Since coconut oil can’t do any harm, this has become my regular morning must-do.

If you give this a go, drop us a line and tell us your experiences.

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