For those looking to improve their oral health and achieve a brighter smile, coconut oil pulling is increasing touted as an all-in-one solution. It’s said to have the ability to protect against cavities, clean the mouth of bacteria and even whiten the teeth. However, there’s not much evidence for these claims and there’s zero scientific evidence to support the belief that coconut oil pulling does anything to whiten teeth. Take a look at how coconut oil pulling compares to teeth whitening and other common dental procedures.
Even with professional teeth whitening, it may take several weeks and several applications before you finally start to get the results you want. However, there is only anecdotal evidence to go on in assess the efficacy of coconut oil pulling in whitening teeth.
Going the route of coconut oil pulling, you’ll need to swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes daily. It may be weeks before you get any results, months maybe, or even never. Going the professional routes, you may see results as soon as your first appointment ends – depending on the condition of your teeth.
If you want to ensure your teeth are whitened, go see a dentist. Otherwise, you could burn months or weeks with oil pulling before finally realizing you should have just gone to the dentist’s office.
Preventive Dental Care
For preventive care, coconut oil pulling has much more evidence to support it than it does when compared to teeth whitening treatment. Coconut oil has been proven effective in absorbing bacteria and helping clean a person’s mouth. While effective, coconut oil pulling shouldn’t be see as a complement to brushing and flossing rather than a replacement for them. And while coconut oil pulling can help fight plaque, there’s not beating a standard dental cleaning when it comes to removing hardened plaque, tartar, from the surfaces of teeth.
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