Do you wish your teeth were whiter, but don’t want to spend the money or expose yourself to the chemicals in tooth whitening procedures?
Me, too! That’s why I’m glad I found oil pulling. Today I’m going to tell you how to strengthen and
whiten your teeth naturally–with coconut oil!
When I first tried oil pulling, I admit it wasn’t for cosmetic reasons. I had the beginning of two cavities in my lower molars, and had heard that swishing with coconut oil could help strengthen my teeth.
A month later, not only had the pain in my teeth disappeared, but my teeth felt cleaner, too!
I was delighted to find such a low-key, low-cost treatment for my teeth. Next, my husband tried it and in two months oil pulling had healed a nasty cavity in his wisdom tooth (I tell the whole amazing story here!). Not only that, but the discoloration and stains he’d had on his teeth from years of coffee drinking had disappeared and his teeth were the whitest they’d ever been! That’s when we both became sold out on oil pulling for tooth health AND great smiles.
How you do it
- scoop about 2 tsp. of coconut oil out of your jar and pop it in your mouth.
- chew or hold the oil in your mouth till it melts and becomes liquid
- start swishing, pulling the oil back and forth and sideways through all your teeth
- swish for 20 min., spitting the oil out (into the trash) when you’re finished
Why it works:
Oil itself has the ability to cut right through plaque to the tooth surface, and coconut oil in particular has rich, anti-bacterial properties. The oil draws toxins and bacteria out of the teeth, and becomes a vehicle to dispose of toxins. Also, we’ve found the swishing action can be as effective as flossing, without any damage to gums (yes–I’ve gotten popcorn kernels out with oil pulling!)
Where to get good coconut oil:
Any organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil will work for this. If it smells like coconut, that’s a sign that it hasn’t been over-processed and still has all the wonderful things God put in the coconut to begin with! I recommend Tropical Traditions or Green Pastures.
A few more suggestions:
Some people have trouble with the taste or feel of the oil, or with their mouth just getting tired of swishing. Try working your way up in increments to the 20 min. goal. A friend of mine started out only able to do 5 min. at a time, but is now up to 15. She says watching a movie while swishing helps.
It’s recommended that you swish first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. You could keep a jar of oil on your night stand or in the bathroom. My husband swishes while putting his contacts in and going through his morning routine. I swish while I make breakfast or exercising.
Oil Pulling for Oral Health on Wellness Mamma
Oil Pulling: History, Techniques and Success Stories on Kitchen Stewardship
Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife
Healing Cavities (A True “We’ve Done It!” Story) on Trinaholden.com
Have you ever tried oil pulling or other natural tooth care?
Share with us your experiences in the comments!