Can Coconut Oil Really Whiten Teeth?
According to Eric Zielinski D.C., author of the book “The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way“, ‘oil pulling’ has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for 3,000 years and some health enthusiasts – amongst them said to be celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow – are now including this ancient Indian and South Asian practice as part of their regular dental hygiene to help whiten their teeth.
The authors of a study on oil pulling using coconut oil published in the Nigerian Journal of Medicine in March/April 2015 could not find any previous studies on the subject. In their limited study based on 60 participants in the 16 to 18-year-old age group, they found that levels of plaque in the mouth were reduced after just 7 days of oil pulling using coconut oil and the levels continued to drop throughout the 30-day trial. They concluded that oil pulling using coconut oil could help reduce plaque and plaque-induced gingivitis. However, none of these studies looked at other claims made about oil pulling, including that it can whiten teeth.
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