Oil Pulling for Teeth Whitening & Oral Health?
Ancient remedy returns
Unrefined coconut oil. It’s good for a lot of things, but I confess I was surprised to read about oil pulling to clean teeth and mouth.
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You place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish with it for up to 20 minutes. When finished, spit the oil into a container and not the sink — because it can clog the pipes. The benefits: the oil is said t0 improve blood flow to the gums, coat teeth and tubules (to naturally desensitize).
Claims have been made that it can whiten teeth, freshen breath and absorb harmful bacteria. Some users have even said that it lessens tooth pain.
Does it really work? I don’t know yet. So far, have done it once and found it to be pleasant enough — though I don’t have the patience to swish for an extended length of time.
So – to be continued. Meanwhile, there certainly doesn’t seem to be any downside to rinsing and swishing with something natural rather than something manufactured.