Coconut oil seems to be the miracle oil for a plethora of bodily woes. Along with its moisturizing and cleansing factor is its oral health factor. Yes, coconut oil can benefit your teeth. It’s true! If you’re a fan of coconut oil for cooking, for moisturizing, and for cleansing your skin, then you’re going to want to keep reading this blog to learn how this magical oil can help your teeth and your overall oral health. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Gentle Care Dentists.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil is rich in saturated fats. Extracted from coconut meat, this is an edible oil that has many health benefits. What sets coconut oil apart from other oils is how it’s made — with medium-chain triglycerides, like lauric acid, rather than long-chain fatty acids. What does this mean? It means that coconut oil can be easily broken down by the human body into what is called monolaurin. Both monolaurin and lauric acid aid the body by killing off bacteria and viruses.  

So how does this relate to your teeth?

Well, the lauric acid that is found in coconut oil can kill bacteria that’s found in the mouth. If you struggle with tooth decay, gum disease, or even just bad breath, coconut oil can help out by getting rid of nasty bacteria and viruses that starts to grow in a method call coconut oil pulling, which has been used for thousands of years. In fact, oil pulling originates from India.

So how does it work? It’s pretty simple.

Oil Pulling Instructions:

  • Measure out a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • Put the coconut oil in your mouth and start to swish it around.
  • Continue swishing the oil around for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to push it all around and between your teeth to get hard-to-reach crevices.
  • After you’ve been swishing for 15 to 20 minutes, spit the coconut oil out. If you want to avoid a clogged pipe in your bathroom sink, it’s best to rid of it in a trashcan or the toilet.
  • Finish the process up by brushing your teeth.

As you can see, oil pulling is easy and highly effective. It’s best to do this when you wake up in the morning before you’ve eaten breakfast or drink anything.

Schedule A Dentist Appointment At Gentle Care

While coconut oil pulling does an excellent job of killing harmful bacteria and fighting off germs and viruses, there’s no oral hygiene tip better than seeing a dentist. While the dentist may be the last place you want to go to, we cannot stress the importance of routine dental care enough. Having your teeth, gums, and mouth tissues examined by a dentist bi-yearly could prevent any mouth disease from spreading. From gum disease and periodontal disease, your teeth, mouth, and overall oral health could be at risk if you aren’t proactive about your dental hygiene.

If you live in the Arlington area and are looking for a dentist to visit, contact Gentle Care Dentists today to make an appointment.