Just like our skin, I believe our teeth are an indication of personal health and hygiene.
To me, a bright pearly white smile is super important. The whiter the better.
We all love a beautiful smile and it’s the first thing people will see, if you are smiling of course! Being an avid coffee drinker (and red wine too, let’s be honest) I have to constantly work on my white teeth game, but it’s something I take pride in and my ways of keeping a vibrant smile have changed over the past couple years.
I used to take the chemical route.
It was AWFUL and literally HURT my teeth. I’m talking about those expensive Crest Whitestrips. Ever tried eating ice cream or drinking cold water after using white strips?! OWWWW. Then of course there’s the conventional whitening toothpaste AND whitening mouthwash that I used on a daily basis (read more here on why you should ditch your mouthwash ASAP).
If you enjoy your mouth burning, your gums melting away and sensitive-to-everything teeth, then go for the chemical route but I’m telling you, there’s a better, much healthier way… and it doesn’t involve chemicals or strips of any kind.
It involves one thing and you’ve definitely heard of it before because the internet has gone bananas over it.
OIL PULLING WITH COCONUT OIL.
It’s the best thing ever. Total game-changer.
I always figured oil pulling was for oral health in general, not for whitening purposes, but I was wrong! Ever since my post on natural oral care products, I’ve been oil pulling with CocoRinse (and with good old raw organic coconut oil) and have noticed some major whitening magic. Now I’m addicted and can’t go a day without doing it, even if it’s only for 10 minutes (I’m doing it right now because I’m a weirdo).
I enjoy the CocoRinse product because it ups my oil pulling game with minty freshness (from spearmint & peppermint essential oil) is great for travel and on-the-go, has super cute perfectly-portioned recyclable packaging and is affordable. I’ll also switch it up with this organic coconut oil too.
What is oil pulling?
The concept of oil pulling is an ayurvedic tradition used for thousands of years to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums. It’s the act of swishing around oil in the mouth for 20 minutes to improve gum health, with the added effect of whitening. Since oil is “sticky”, it navigates around your mouth, up into pockets and tiny areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Think of it as a natural antimicrobial mouthwash, where it dissolves bacteria and pulls out toxins, food remnants and nastiness.
Coconut oil is my go-to oil for this, but any vegetable-based oil will work (sesame, sunflower or olive oil) just make sure they are raw, organic and unrefined. Coconut oil never ceases to amaze me… anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory – plus I love the taste! (I’ve been using it on my dog bite battle wounds too)
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
Since the coconut oil cuts through plaque, removes toxins and kills bacteria without disturbing our teeth or gums, it’s a friendly and inexpensive way to care for those pearly whites. Oil pulling is much less abrasive, doesn’t burn, doesn’t strip away precious enamel, doesn’t hurt your teeth or make them sensitive and is ALL-NATURAL, which you know I’m all about.
Not only does it clean and whiten your teeth, it eliminates bad breath by killing off bacteria, prevents cavities and gingivitis and + has been known to ease symptoms of acne/eczema/psoriasis/ & other skin issues.
How to Oil Pull
Before brushing your teeth and eating/drinking anything in the morning, do this:
- Scoop out one tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Let it melt in your mouth, then swoosh, swoosh for 20 minutes – I know it sounds like an eternity but there’s plenty of things you could get done during this time! I like to make coffee, blend up a green smoothie, snuggle with Taz and start checking emails. It just becomes apart of your routine, like working out.
- DO NOT swallow any of it! There’s bacteria and nastiness floating around. SPIT IT OUT IN THE TRASH, not in the sink as it will solidify and cause havoc on your pipes.
- Rinse mouth with warm water.
- Now floss, brush and go about your day with extra clean sparkling teeth!
[GIVEAWAY CLOSED] Okay, now onto the super special giveaway and the 14-day Oil-Pulling Challenge!
I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at BOKA to give away FIVE TWO-WEEK TRIALS OF COCORINSE!
Yep! Five lucky winners will be able to try CocoRinse with me for 14 days.
All you have to do is:
Leave a comment below and share your favorite beauty-related use for coconut oil. If you don’t have any, just share why you want to win! I’ll be choosing a winner on Tuesday, May 10th. Good luck!
Also, anyone can participate in the 14-Day Oil-Pulling Challenge, starting whenever you want! It’s about trying something new, even if it seems weird and sticking to it for 14 days. Hopefully by then it will start to feel like a habit and you will enjoy it as you’ll start to notice improvements. Use the hashtag #theglowingfridge to share your experience on social media with me, I want to hear all about it 🙂