Improve Your Oral Hygiene With Coconut Oil

What if we told you that you can improve your oral health using just one natural ingredient? Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda to clean and whiten teeth, reduce halitosis (bad breath), and improve gum health.

There is an Indian technique that consists of using vegetable oils to deeply clean the mouth and body — oil pulling . This process involves swishing your mouth with coconut oil (or any other vegetable oil) for 15 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out, as if it were an oral rinse. The goal is to help improve the health of the entire oral cavity and reduce the adhesion of bacteria to the teeth.

In addition to being a valuable help to eliminate bad breath, oil pulling strengthens the immune, digestive and circulatory systems, helping to dispel toxins accumulated throughout the day.

Eliminating bad breath

According to Healthline , coconut oil contains antimicrobial properties that can rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria and can also help reduce the buildup of food debris on your teeth, inner cheeks, and tongue. Using it through oil pulling can be a very useful hygiene complement, but not a replacement for conventional tooth brushing and flossing.

While mouthwash tends to kill all bacteria in the mouth (good and bad), coconut oil removes the bad bacteria and maintains the good bacteria, leaving the mouth cleaner, fresher and protected.

Gingivitis prevention

Coconut oil acts as an anti-inflammatory, removing some of the main bacteria that cause gingivitis. Visit your dentist regularly for a full oral cleaning. Gingivitis is the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Pay attention to the signs and be evaluated by a professional if you have any symptoms.

A safe addition to your oral hygiene routine

Oil pulling with coconut oil has unique benefits that can help you achieve optimal oral health in conjunction with flossing, brushing, and regular professional cleanings and checkups with your dentist.

How to make:

  • Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth;
  • Swish your mouth for 15-20 minutes;
  • Spit out the oil (in the trash, as it can clog the sink pipes);
  • Brush your teeth normally.

The ideal is to use this technique in the morning, before eating or drinking anything.

Keep your mouth healthy

The best way to maintain a healthy mouth is to brush and floss your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Don't forget to scrape or brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks with your toothbrush or a gentle tongue scraper.

Drinking water throughout the day, avoiding sugary drinks and foods, following a nutritious diet and visiting the dentist regularly are effective strategies for a healthier, happier mouth.

Sources: University Avenue Dental and Healthline

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