Advances in technology has greatly improved a variety of dental procedures, including teeth whitening. Another way technology has immensely benefited the dental industry is because nowadays people have the ability to hop online and research some of the best whitening methods available. Let’s take a look at the history of oil pulling as well as how to whiten teeth with coconut oil.


Based on Indian traditional medicine, oil pulling goes as far back as 2,500 years. Based on the core concept of Ayurveda, which is a process that uses the oil to oil all the tissues in the body. Every day the oil is used to oil tissues from head to toe. And while hard evidence pointing toward the benefits of this practice is hard to come by, some studies have concluded there are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory advantages. Some people who perform oil pulling on their teeth — which involves swishing the oil in the mouth — choose to do so for as long as 20 minutes. And while there is no harm in doing so, some of these people report that it results in them feeling nauseous. If you experience nausea when oil pulling, consider doing it for only five minutes instead of the normally-recommended 20. And if need be, you can even use less oil than the recommended amount, which tends to be between a teaspoon and a tablespoon.


Ayurveda has been known to provide multiple benefits, including being a cure-all for various health conditions, including headaches, acne, and even hormone imbalances. It should be noted that Ayurvedic practices don’t always include the swishing around of coconut oil in your mouth. Some people opt for sesame or olive oil. Nonetheless, though, coconut oil has been raved for its teeth whitening capabilities. Pratima Raichur, an Ayurvedic practitioner in New York City with offices in SoHo, says that coconut oil does indeed help reduce plaque, prevent gingivitis, and can even help regulate bad breath. The oil pulling has proponents that are made of colonized bacteria, and because the bacteria is surrounded by fatty membranes, they are attracted to plaque, thus causing the plaque to become loosened; this not only leads to reduced plaque but whiter teeth, as well. Since there is little evidence to prove whether or not coconut oil can actually lead to whiter teeth, there is no evidence concluding that it leads to negative outcomes; this makes it all the more enticing to give it a try for yourself. Of course there are a variety of factors that can influence how effective coconut oil is in being able to make your teeth appear whiter, including the amount of coffee you drink as well as whether or not you drink wine (which is well-known for staining teeth). Here is a brief overview of using coconut oil to whiten your teeth:

It is very inexpensive, especially when compared to other whitening remedies

It soothes a dry throat

Helps to heal cracked and dry lips

Helps eliminate bad breath

It doesn’t foam in your mouth

Does not contain any harmful chemicals

Easy to use

Reduces inflammation in the mouth

Helps to heal bleeding gums


To whiten your teeth with coconut oil, you will need a teaspoon of the oil. Place the oil in your mouth and allow it to sit on your tongue until it liquefies. Now, start swishing it in your mouth for anywhere from five to 20 minutes. You will want to swish it around good, ensuring it touches all areas of your mouth, including your gums and teeth. Do not gargle the oil! When spitting out the oil, you can do so either in the trash or in your sink, but remember it does have the potential to clog sinks, so spitting it out in the trash is the best choice to make. You will probably want to rinse your mouth with warm water to get the taste of oil out. You can whiten your teeth with coconut oil every day if you want, but most people choose to do it only a few times a week. If you don’t want to swish the oil around in your mouth, you can always apply the oil to your toothbrush and simply brush your teeth.

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