Coconut oil in oral care

Coconut oil has become a popular ingredient in the oral care industry, but when you read that it whitens teeth, you want to shout, “False!” Coconut oil without any abrasive elements (such as baking soda) will not whiten your teeth even with long-term use. However, it can make them temporarily brighter if a radiant smile is urgently needed. However, there is evidence that adding coconut oil to skin care oral cavity can have other benefits that are not related to teeth whitening.Now we are talking about so-called “oil extraction”.

This healing technique has long been used by Ayurvedic practitioners, and later we will talk about it in more detail. The main idea is that under time oil pulling about a tablespoon of coconut oil in the morning on an empty stomach pulled/pushed between the teeth. That is, you simply rinse your mouth with oil like any other another liquid agent for the care of teeth and gums. At the end of this action, if the procedure is performed correctly, the oil will become milky-white and liquid, and it is needed spit out, because during the cleaning process it absorbed not only the remains of food, but also worked as an antioxidant and antibiotic. After that, you can rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth with toothpaste as usual.

Oil pulling is recommended to be done two or three times a day, ideally for a few minutes 20 each, but if you can stand it for a few minutes at first, it will already be there victory. You have to get used to everything, and the procedure is worth it, because when used in this way, coconut oil really reduces the formation of dental plaque and treats gingivitis and periodontitis. Lauric acid in coconut is also effective against mouth ulcers. Instead coconut oil, you can use other organic oils, such as olive, sunflower and sesame, especially if they are cold pressed.

Improvement of the condition of the oral cavity is observed within two weeks after oil pulling practice. However, it should be remembered that oil pulling is not removes existing dental caries and, therefore, regular visits are still necessary to dentists.

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