Coconut Oil Teeth Whitening


Does Coconut Oil Whiten Teeth?

We all want a beautiful smile with shiny white teeth, but because we’re exposed to materials that cause intrinsic or extrinsic stains – our beautiful smile starts to fade somewhat. Instrinsic stains occur inside our teeth and extrinsic stains happen on the surface of our teeth.  But most of us don’t really care about all that – we just want nice gleaming phosphorescent, shine-in-the-dark teeth!

So what can we do?  Issue forth the coconut oil!!

Coconut oil doesn’t whiten our teeth through bleaching.  It contains a substance called lauric acid, which seems to do the work.  Lauric acid helps to get rid of plaque and bacteria – which are major culprits in making our teeth yellow.  Lauric acid has proven anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which help remove these villains from our teeth and gums.  

There are literally thousands of bacteria in our mouths.  Some of them are friendly and some are not so friendly. The bacteria cause a thin film to stick to our teeth – and that’s plaque. While some plaque is normal, too much plaque can cause an array of problems, like bad breath, bleeding gums, cavities and yellow teeth.

Commercial teeth whitening products are not without their risks.  Studies have shown that there can be problems with sensitivity after bleaching. Many of the products used for bleaching contain 35% hydrogen peroxide. According to naturallivingideas.com, a 2012 study showed that this concentration of peroxide led to changes in the tooth enamel, making it rough, resulting in weaker teeth and reduced phosphate levels in the teeth’s deeper layers.  In addition to this, hydrogen peroxide, even at diluted concentrations, may release mercury from silver fillings, causing them to deteriorate. This may lead to poisonous chemicals being released into your bloodstream.

According to healthyandnaturalworld.com, researches from Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) tested coconut oil against Streptococcus bacteria, which is often found in the mouth. ‘It showed that after the oil had been treated with enzymes, similar to that of digestion, it inhibited the growth of the bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is often responsible for producing acids that make our teeth rot. The study showed that keeping coconut oil in your mouth allows it to interact with your saliva, which is full of digestive enzymes. This in turn is effective against bacteria.’


Benefits of using Coconut Oil as your Teeth Whitener:

  • It’s totally natural!  It doesn’t contain any harsh or unpronounceable chemicals.
  • It doesn’t contain harmful foaming agents or surfactants.  (Some surfactants like sodium lauryl sulphate have been linked to causing mouth ulcers and canker sores)
  • It has a rather pleasant taste.
  • It is cheap and easily available. 
  • Only a small amount of the oil is needed, so a tub of coconut oil will last you a very long time.
  • It’s effective against harmful bacteria in your mouth, which reduces your chances of tooth decay.
  • It can help reduce inflammation and bleeding gums.


How to Whiten Teeth with Coconut Oil

The best Coconut oil teeth whitening recipes:

Brushing teeth with coconut oil and baking soda:

You can just use coconut oil on your tooth brush as you would with conventional toothpaste, making sure you keep it in your mouth for a few minutes. This helps it to mix with your saliva and get those enzymes going!

You could also try a coconut oil and baking soda combo. You might think that baking soda would be too harsh on your teeth, but it is actually far less abrasive than the chemicals found in toothpastes and bleachers. Baking soda is a great alkalizer and it neutralizes acids in our mouth.

Recipe:

Just add equal amounts of coconut oil and baking soda (for example, use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of baking soda) to a bowl or container and mix it to form a paste.  You could even use this instead of toothpaste, or you could use it in addition to your toothpaste, as a whitener.

Coconut oil, baking soda and turmeric:

It sounds rather strange that turmeric might help in the whitening of our teeth!  If you’ve ever messed some of it on your clothing, you’ll know what I mean!  But by combining it with coconut oil and baking soda, this trio will help whiten your teeth in a totally natural and harmless way. You could even use it to relieve a toothache caused by sensitivity and tender gums!

Recipe:

  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric (powder)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

Combine these 3 ingredients together until they form a paste.  Use this paste on your toothbrush as you would do with your normal brushing routine. You can keep your paste in an airtight glass container for a few days.


Give these recipes a try and see how they work for you!  Not only will your teeth begin to look whiter, but your mouth will also be a lot healthier!  As with most things natural – there is no quick fix.  If you’re getting married tomorrow and wanted a sparkling alabaster smile – this will probably not get you there.  But by adding this into your daily dental routine – over time – you are sure to get the results!


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References and Resources

1. Alternative Healing. [Online] http://alternativa-za-vas.com/en/index.php/clanak/article/natural-teeth-whitening.

2. Hills, Jenny. Healthy and Natural World. [Online] http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/why-you-should-start-using-coconut-oil-as-toothpaste/.

3. Bright, Sierra. Natural Living Ideas. [Online] 2017 . http://www.naturallivingideas.com/whiten-teeth-with-coconut-oil/.

4. Skincare Org. [Online] http://www.skincareorg.com/teeth-whitening/coconut-oil-teeth-whitening-how-to-whiten-teeth-with-coconut-oil/.



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