by Dr. Pooneh Ramezani, DDS
Coconut oil is growing in popularity as one of the natural teeth whitening methods used to brighten stained or discolored teeth. You’re probably already familiar with oil pulling – a technique that requires swishing around a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes everyday. The practice of oil pulling, however, should not replace traditional at home oral care.
Coconut oil has many dental health benefits and can certainly whiten your smile, which is why we recommend using an organic toothpaste with coconut oil as one of the main ingredients. The Dr. Brite fluoride-free toothpaste formula is made with the highest-quality ingredients to enhance your oral health.
Oral Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
- Prevents cavities
- Improves gum health
- Freshens breath
- Relieves dry mouth
- Reduces inflammation
- Whitens teeth
Coconut Oil for Teeth Whitening
Organic coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that help get rid of plaque and bacteria, both major contributors to yellow teeth. Unlike other commercial products or home remedies, an all-natural coconut oil toothpaste without baking soda for teeth whitening can be used by those with sensitive teeth.
Oral Hygiene Routine
Oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice nor as a replacement for standard oral care. A proper oral health routine consists of twice-daily tooth brushing, flossing and rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash. Visiting a dentist regularly (every six months) is also suggested to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other oral problems.
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