Did You Know that Coconut Oil is Good for Your Teeth?

In recent years, coconut oil (extracted from coconut meat) has become a household item because it has been linked to numerous health benefits. Did you also know that it is also good for your teeth?

Coconut oil is a unique fat because it is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is metabolized differently than the long-chain fatty acids present in other foods.

50% of coconut oil is made of lauric acid, which makes it the richest source of lauric acid. Your body breaks down lauric acid into monolaurin. Both of these kill harmful viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can cause bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

So how do you use it to aid in the health of your mouth?

Through oil-pulling. coconut oil for oil pulling

What is oil-pulling you ask…?

Oil pulling is a practice that started in India thousands of years ago that involves swishing oil in your mouth. It “pulls” the bacteria from your mouth.

The fatty acids in the oil attract and trap bacteria, which means that each time you oil pull, you are removing harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

How do you oil-pull?

  • Put approx. one tbsp in your mouth
  • Swish it around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, ensuring that you push and pull it between your teeth
  • Spit the oil in the trash when you are done (avoid spitting it in the sink because it can clog pipes)
  • Brush and floss your teeth

Benefits of oil-pulling:

  • Reduces plaque
  • Fights gum disease (gum inflammation)
  • Helps prevent tooth decay (coconut oil attacks two types of bacteria that are mainly responsible for tooth decay – Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus)
  • Helps prevent tooth loss
  • Can help whiten teeth
  • Makes your mouth feel fresher throughout the day

When is the ideal time of day to oil-pull? morning oil pulling

The best time of day to oil-pull is right when you wake up, before you eat breakfast or drink anything. If you do it the same time every day, it can then easily become a habit in short order.

It’s pretty amazing how something so simple can positively affect your health. Give it a try!

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