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Does coconut oil whiten teeth?

Consumers are increasingly becoming more concerned with nutrition, organic products and the environment. If you lead a wellness-oriented lifestyle, you may have already come across the practice of oil pulling as a natural oral hygiene hack. Oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil in your mouth for about 10-30 mins, spitting it out once you’re done. The idea is that the oil pulls out bacteria that leads to plaque and gingivitis. Some claim, if incorporated into your daily routine, you will see benefits like healthier gums, plaque removal, whiter teeth and decreased sensitivity.

If you’re here then you may have been wondering, “Does coconut oil whiten teeth?”. Oil pulling might not offer significant whitening results or oral health benefits. In rise of this trend, the scientific community responded by carrying out some research comparing oil rinses (safflower, linseed and olive oil) with commercially-found mouth rinses (chlorohexidine, fluoride rinses). Overall, clinical trials on oil agents did not consistently reduce bacteria on enamel surfaces and so, they are not recommended by dental regulatory bodies. At best, oil pulling may leave a shine on your teeth, making it appear brighter temporarily.

At the same time, to each their own. If you prefer to practice naturopathic remedies to remove loose debris or plaque, oil pulling is not harmful. However, if you’re looking for instant teeth whitening solutions, Mint Smilebar’s Power Whitening Kit is enamel safe and easy to use. This kit whitens your teeth fast, up to 6 shades lighter within one hour. Most importantly, our whitening gel is FDA/Health Canada registered and made in North America with clean ingredients.


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