Benefits Of Cleaning Teeth With Coconut Oil

cleaning teeth with coconut oil

Oil pulling is a folk remedy from India that includes swishing oil in the mouth. It has become popular in other regions also.

Oil pulling with coconut oil is flexible to fit in your daily oral health routine. Coconut oil easily available in the market or online, and you do not need any other ingredient.

In this article, we will be discussing what oil pulling is, how to do oil pulling with coconut oil, and the possible benefits of it.

What Is Oil Pulling?

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Oil pulling is basically an oral health routine that involves swishing oil around in the mouth like a mouth wash, but for a longer period.

Coconut oil is highly absorbable and edible. It also has many health benefits, including fighting harmful bacterias and reducing inflammation.

A tablespoon full of oil must be swished for 15-20 minutes to prevent the growth of bacterias and teeth.


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Oil pulling with coconut oil has the following benefits:

Killing Harmful Bacteria In The Mouth

The mouth contains various bacterias, some of which are harmful and may lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Oil pulling can reduce the number of bacteria found in saliva and helps in supporting proper oral hygiene.

Reducing Bad Breath

Bad breath is mostly due to poor and bad oral hygiene, infection, or gum disease. A study says that oil pulling might be an effectual alternative for bad breath and may work as a treatment with chlorhexidine.

Preventing Cavities

Cavities are a result of bacteria build-up and poor oral hygiene. Oil pulling may help in decreasing the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth, curing cavities. Besides brushing and flossing this could be the other way to achieve optimal oral health.

Whitening Teeth

There is no scientific evidence to prove that oil pulling might whiten the teeth but the anecdotal evidence suggests that it may clear stains from the surface of the teeth.

How To Do An Oil Pull

To do oil pulling with coconut oil, place a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth. If you don’t like the taste of coconut oil then you can also use other oils like olive oil or sesame oil.

Sit and swish the coconut oil around for good 15-20 minutes. If you have difficulty putting coconut oil in your mouth for this long then you can also reduce it to 5- 10 minutes.

Once you are done, spit the oil in the garbage and not in the sink or toilet as it can lead to clogging, and do not swallow the oil. You can brush the teeth immediately after oil pulling or can wait for a while to allow the retention of good bacteria.

Final thoughts

Coconut oil attacks harmful bacterias in your mouth. It may reduce plague development and prevent toothdecay.

Oil pulling is a simple, affordable and safe technique to add in daily routine, however, there is no proven scientific studies to support effectiveness of oil pulling with coconut oil.

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