Start surfing the web for alternative medicines and you are going to find supposed cures for almost any ailment. Some people might actually dismiss any and all alternative treatments out of hand specifically because they are not being prescribed by a doctor. The fact of the matter is there are some things that have been shown to work that some people would never expect. The key to doing this kind of research is you need to try and separate the wheat from the chaff. One particular ingredient that has a number of supposed health benefits is coconut oil. There are websites that absolutely swear by the potential health effects of using this oil in a variety of different ways and in a variety of different potencies. One of the most talked-about uses for oil is as a way to whiten a user’s teeth. But does coconut oil whiten teeth? The answer to the question seems to be, there are at least some benefits when it comes to using coconut oil for white teeth.
A Peek at “History of Teeth Whitening”
Talking about coconut oil and teeth whitening goes back quite a way in Western and Eastern cultures. There are quite a few people who swear by what is called pulling using the oil as the base. Pulling is basically swishing the oil in your mouth for a certain period (usually 15-20 minutes every day). The effects of doing this are said to be numerous and all stem from the oil actually pulling bacteria and other harmful products out of your mouth and teeth and gums. Using coconut oil to whiten teeth has become so popular in some circles that Hollywood starlets such as Gwyneth Paltrow have been known to swear by the process. The issue at hand is that there aren’t any kind of scientific studies that are going to tell you that using coconut oil for whiten teeth is 100 % effective.
Like most home remedies, there are going to be some people who tried the same thing they read on the Internet, and it had no effect. Other people are going to claim the process they thought they were doing actually backfired or made them feel worse instead of making them feel better. Part of the reason behind this phenomenon is that something like coconut oil is all-natural and hasn’t been harvested and tested and changed at its base level and marketed with a bunch of different chemicals that change its composition or water it down. It hasn’t been mass-marketed, and that means there is more room for different people to have different reactions based on their body chemistry.
Modern Day Facts about Teeth Whitening with Coconut Oil
What we do know about using coconut oil as a kind of early morning ritual alongside tooth brushing, is there are some people who say they did the swishing and saw noticeable results right away. People have said they felt as though their mouths were cleaner after having swished the coconut oil for the recommended 15-20 minutes than when they use mouthwash. The key, for those who swear by the process, is to continue swishing the material around in their mouths, much like would with Scope or Listerine. The difference is the length of time this is supposed to be done. If you’ve ever tried to swish mouthwash for more than a minute or two, you’ve probably felt a pretty decent level of discomfort. The chemicals in this material are almost crying out for you to spit them out, rather than keep them contained inside your body.
While you are not supposed to swallow the oil either, the process is not nearly as unpleasant as mouthwash can be, especially for as long as you’re supposed to be using it. There have been reports that people have had an unpleasant reaction to this process and experts in this field have said the easiest way to avoid this if you’re still wanting to do the swishing is to change up how you do it. If you are feeling a bit of discomfort, or even a sour stomach there are a couple of things you can try before giving up completely. You can always try a smaller amount of the oil to start off with and see how you like it and whether you think it’s having any effect.
There is also always the option of wishing for a smaller amount of time if you think that is the main problem. You can start off doing just five minutes, see if it’s having the desired effect and then gradually increase the time. You can also leave the time as is if you are getting enough of a result for your liking. The basic answer to the question that applies to all medicine. There are going to be some who claim it works every time and some who claim it’s not working right for them. The bottom line appears to be that more often than not, this approach does indeed whiten teeth. they are not being prescribed by a doctor.