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Coconut Oil Has Teeth Whitening Properties, Dental Expert Says

A dental expert claims that coconut oil has whitening properties and decreases tooth sensitivity. She also noted that it may even prevent the worsening of cavities but more research is needed to back up the claims.

Holistic dentist and assistant clinical professor of Columbia University College of Dental medicine Ester Rubin told Mind Body Green that coconut oil provides health benefits for the teeth. She claimed that the plant extract does not remove extrinsic stains on enamel which normally detaches from the teeth while brushing. She said that it strengthens the dentin which is a layer under the enamel which is more challenging for dentists to treat. Thus, it has whitening properties, alleviates tooth sensitivity and prevents cavities.

Oil pulling, an ancient ayurvedic tradition, removes impurities in the mouth by spreading oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. According to a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, the antibacterial properties of coconut oil possibly brighten teeth due to the removal of impurities which is the primary cause of darker tines. Afterward, gargling warm salt water then rids of the residue leaving your mouth clean and free of yellow-teeth-causing bacteria.

Rubin also suggested that those who are not comfortable with oil pulling may dip their toothbrush with coconut oil and brush for two minutes. Afterward, rinse the brush and clean the teeth as normal. These methods were said to whiten teeth.

In a 2009 study published in the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, it was found that people who practiced oil pulling within ten days had reduced plaque compared to those who only used chlorhexidine mouthwash. As per Medical News Today, when saliva mixes with bacteria from food particles that remain in the mouth, it would form a translucent film called plaque which makes up tartar. The latter is what causes the teeth to darken. Thus, removing bacteria from mouth promotes whiter teeth since it prevents plaque buildup.

Using Hello Fluoride-Free Antiplaque Whitening Toothpaste also affords teeth whitening benefits. It is a bleaching toothpaste made from coconut oil, peppermint and tea tree oil. Another option is using and Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Oil Whitening Pen. It is also made with coconut oil and is considered as a natural alternative to whitening strips and gels.

Coconut Coconut fruit with extracted coconut oil. moho01/Pixabay