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Teeth Whitening: What is Oil Pulling and Does it Work?
Oil pulling for teeth whitening? It could be a term that you have heard before, or maybe you are still wondering what it is. Today, we are going to cover what oil pulling is and if it works for helping to whiten your teeth.
What is oil pulling?
Although oil-pulling may sound like a difficult, time-consuming ordeal, it is actually straightforward. It has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy for different oral health issues.
The practice of oil pulling involves swishing oil, typically coconut oil, in a person’s mouth for between 15 and 20 minutes. Think about how you would usually use mouthwash, except for a longer period and using oil instead.
Typically, people use around a tablespoon of oil to complete the oil pulling.
What is the purpose of oil pulling?
Oil pulling is used as a way to help reduce the number of bacteria that a person has in their mouth. Since bacteria build-up leads to the growth of plaque and eventually cavities, it is said to be a way to help avoid cavities and improve the overall health of a person’s mouth.
So, why swish oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes? Here is how it works.
While swishing the oil around, it sticks to the mouth's natural oil that is in the cell membranes, which can also hold bacteria and other things you do not want in your mouth. When you spit out the oil after swishing, the bacteria goes along with it, leaving your mouth clean and free of bad bacteria.
Does oil pulling work?
First, we cannot stress enough that having a good daily oral hygiene regimen is imperative to keeping good oral health. That includes:
Brushing your teeth two times per day is vital for your oral health. There is nothing that can replace this practice.
Flossing is just as important as brushing twice per day. Although many people skip this step, the difference it makes in keeping good oral health and avoiding cavities is unprecedented. Never skip flossing!
However, oil pulling is not something to avoid and could be a great addition to your oral health routine. Studies have found that there is a reduction in bacteria and no harm done to the teeth or gums.
Does it help with teeth whitening? Although there is nothing like getting a professional teeth whitening treatment, there could be slightly noticeable changes in the whiteness of a person's teeth if they do oil pulling more than once. However, doing it one time is not going to give you a bright white smile that is eight shades lighter than before.
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