While you should keep brushing your teeth and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups, it is also good to look for natural remedies to help with oral health. Your oral health is very important and should not be overlooked. Here are some different ways to use coconut oil for oral health.
Use it For Oil Pulling
This is probably one of the more common reasons people use coconut oil for oral health. With oral pulling, the coconut oil is supposed to help cleanse your entire mouth. While the results vary based on the person using it, it is said to help with tooth decay, reduce the risk of infection, get rid of germs and bacteria in the mouth, and remove small food particles between the teeth. Some people also note that their breath is improved after using it and that their teeth start to get whiter. For oil pulling, you want to use a spoon to get a small amount of the oil and put it directly into your mouth. Let your mouth melt it a little on your tongue, then start ‘pulling’ it through your teeth, back and forth. Try to do it for 10-15 minutes if you can.
It Helps to Whiten Teeth
Coconut oil happens to be wonderful for whitening your teeth. This can either be done by creating a natural toothpaste with coconut oil, or simply by using it for oil pulling. Coconut oil is perfect when you are trying to make your natural toothpaste because it tastes great, is easy to use, and is completely safe for you if you accidentally ingest some of it. This should not replace your regular toothpaste, but it can help to add to your oral health routine and create a whitening toothpaste. All you need to do is combine baking soda with some coconut oil, brush it on your teeth, then rinse it.
You Can Freshen Your Breath
Coconut oil also happens to be good for oral health when it comes to your breath. Perhaps you aren’t able to brush your teeth but have a small container or packet of coconut oil in your purse. Find a bathroom and do a quick coconut oil rinse. It doesn’t necessarily have to be full oil pulling, but just swish it around your mouth, letting the oil melt right in your mouth, then spit it out. This should help freshen your breath for quite a while.