Can ‘Coconut Oil Pulling’ Whiten Your Tooth Naturally?

Yellowing tooth are a pure consequence of getting old, consuming, and consuming.

Are you able to lighten the yellow discoloration of your tooth naturally?

The reply is sure!

I’m going to provide you ‘the excellent news’ and a bit of lesson in tooth yellowing from the non-dentist perspective of a dermatologist.

Why is a dermatologist speaking about yellow tooth? As a result of I’m getting previous. I drink espresso, tea, and purple wine. I additionally eat a lot of fruits and veggies that stain tooth. I don’t need yellow tooth, so I’ve completed what I can through the years to battle the method.

  1. I’m going to my dentist each 6 months – often.
  2. I exploit a Sonicare tooth brush and whitening toothpastes.
  3. I’ve tried my dentist’s dental whitening system.

The peroxide-based mostly bleach from this technique made my tooth delicate, however helped just a little. All of it works, however my tooth are extra yellow than I would like – I’m fussy and I would like them white.

This month, I’ve been on a writing sabbatical in Australia. My pal Lorraine who lives right here informed me that she was informed at “a well being farm” (love the Aussie lingo, the interpretation is “a spa”) that coconut oil pulling would whiten tooth. The individual she discovered this from had “the whitest tooth you could have ever seen.” I needed to discover this concept.

It seems the naturally anti-microbial lauric acid in coconut could possibly whiten tooth. I gave it a attempt to oh sure, this technique works! After swishing coconut oil in my mouth for two days, my pearly whites have been certainly pearly white. I need to share what I discovered with my readers.

The Widespread Causes Your Tooth is Yellow:

The outer colour of your tooth is because of a skinny layer of white enamel over a yellow thicker layer of dentin.

Everybody’s tooth begins out with slight shade variations of their enamel. Then, the enamel thins and modifications with age. Dentin will get yellower with age and exhibits via the enamel extra. You’ll be able to’t do a lot about that. That is referred to as intrinsic discoloration.

The excellent news is that there’s additionally extrinsic discoloration that performs into the yellowing of your tooth. Coconut oil appears to assist that!

Extrinsic yellowing happens based mostly on what you set in your mouth. Widespread causes of extrinsic tooth yellowing, in line with Professor Wikipedia, embrace:

  1. Poor dental hygiene with plaque, calculus, and micro organism.
  2. Tar from smoking.
  3. Meals wealthy in carotenoids or xanthanoids (these are good for you!) like carrots and so on.
  4. Drinks like espresso, tea, purple wine, cola and sports activities drinks.

Based mostly on Lorraine’s ‘well being farm’ expertise, I gave oil pulling a attempt. It undoubtedly freshens the mouth and whitens tooth based mostly on my experiment. There are additionally claims that oil pulling cures different maladies like coronary heart illness, irritation, pimples and so forth. I can’t touch upon that, however it does whiten tooth and freshen the mouth properly. Eager to know extra about coconut oil pulling, I requested Professor Google and was led down a captivating ‘rabbit gap’ of data on oil pulling.

Details about Oral Oil Pulling

Dental analysis from India exhibits that ‘oil pulling’ reduces

  1. dangerous breath.
  2. mouth micro organism related to tooth decay and gingivitis.

Under are fascinating quotes from the primary reference describing oil pulling.

The idea of oil pulling shouldn’t be new. It has been mentioned within the Ayurvedic textual content Charak…It was Dr. Karach who popularized the idea of oil pulling within the Nineteen Nineties in Russia. Oil pulling remedy might be completed utilizing edible oils like sunflower or sesame oil.  For oil pulling remedy, a tablespoon (teaspoon for younger youngsters) of sesame (or any edible oil – I like to recommend coconut oil) oil is taken within the mouth and sipped, sucked, and pulled between the tooth for 10-15 min.

The viscous oil turns skinny and milky white. It’s claimed that the swishing prompts enzymes. The oil shouldn’t be swallowed because it incorporates micro organism and toxins.

Oil pulling has been used extensively as a standard Indian people treatment to stop tooth decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, and cracked lips, and for strengthening the tooth, gums, and jaws.

Additionally fascinating is that a lot of the microbes within the mouth are coated with a fatty membrane. In accordance with Chicago beauty dentist, Dr. Jessica T. Emery (founder and proprietor of Sugar Repair Dental Loft), these microbes adhere to the oil you’re swishing in your mouth. It’s one other huge cause NOT to swallow the oil!

I can inform you as a western educated allopathic doctor, oil pulling is a pleasant follow so as to add to the litany of different self-care duties on our to-do record. Fascinating!

Oil Pulling for Higher Oral Hygiene and Whiter Tooth

  1. Brush your tooth
  2. Swish 1 TBS of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. I swished it round my tooth and tongue and gargled with it (that was more durable).
  3. Spit out the oil if you end up achieved – don’t spit it into your plumbing although!!! Coconut oil will flip strong and you’ll ultimately get to ask the plumber over. Spit the now milky and microbe-wealthy oil right into a plastic bag and chuck it within the trash.
  4. Rinse your mouth with heat water earlier than you drink something.
  5. Repeat three to four occasions every week.

Some sources say to brush your tooth after pulling, however I don’t. I do it within the morning or earlier than mattress. I don’t know if that issues, however my pearly whites are whiter than they ever have been with a dental bleaching system. I even have geographic tongue (thanks dad for the genes for that one) and it’s higher and extra snug too. Based mostly on my little experiment with coconut oil pulling, I’m a fan! Should you attempt it, inform me the way it goes for you.


  1. Asokan S, Rathan J, Muthu MS, Rathna PV, Emmadi P; Raghuraman; Chamundeswari. Impact of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans rely in plaque and saliva utilizing Dentocult SM Strip mutans check: a randomized, managed, triple-blind research. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2008 Mar;26(1):12-7.
  2. Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Impact of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, managed, triple-blind research. Indian J Dent Res. 2009 Jan-Mar;20(1):forty seven-fifty one.
  3. Asokan S1, Kumar RS, Emmadi P, Raghuraman R, Sivakumar N. Impact of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms inflicting halitosis: a randomized managed pilot trial. J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2011 Apr-Jun;29(2):ninety-four. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.84678.
  4. How dental professionals can reply to ‘oil pulling’ sufferers, DentistryIQ, March 21, 2014



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