One of the trending topics recently in regard to coconut oil is using its purest form for oral health. Oil pulling can help with tartar build-up, breath odor, and yellowing or stained teeth. Here are some things to know about coconut oil pulling
The Potential Risks
Before going into the benefits and instructions on how to do oil pulling, you should first be aware of the potential risks and side effects. There are not a lot of risks involved, as you are using a completely natural oil for oil pulling that isn’t going to harm you in any way. However, the main risk involved with this practice is when people assume all of their dental issues will be remedied with oil pulling. While it definitely has a lot of benefits, it is not going to be a miracle cure that keeps you from going to the dentist. You still need to brush and floss your teeth daily, watch your diet, and visit your dentist. If you don’t, your side effects are going to be a lot worse.
When you are thinking about whether or not oil pulling is right for you, you may be curious about exactly how it can help you. While the lasting benefits will be determined by your own dental health and how often you do it, the following gives a summary of some common benefits you can see with coconut oil pulling:
- Whiter teeth
- Fresher breath
- Better dental appointments
- Less plaque and tartar build-up
- Clean feeling mouth
- Less bleeding or swollen gums
- Reduced inflammation
Tips For Oil Pulling
Now let’s talk about how you actually do oil pulling. This practice is essential when you put pure oil in your mouth and swish with it, really working hard to push and pull between your teeth. You should use coconut oil instead of other types of oil as it helps to fight bacteria and is better for you in general. Use raw, organic, natural coconut oil, not the cooking oil you find in the supermarket. Try to use it a few times a week at least. The main recommendation is to do oil pulling for 20 minutes a few days a week, but this might not be possible for you. It is okay to start slow at around 5-10 minutes then gradually work your way up.