As a little girl I was a bit of a sickly child with my tonsils and adenoids giving me grief, plus having to have grommets in an attempt to fix my dodgy hearing (which didn’t work, I’m deaf in one ear).
As a result of the sniffly little thing I was, I had a fair amount of medicine (shout out to the banana flavoured Amoxycilin – gutted they don’t let us adults have that) and as a result of those meds, I now have discoloured teeth.
I’m not talking Stig Of The Dump horrendousness but they’re definitely not white either.
I’ve always been a little self-conscious of my teeth and after having braces a few years back I asked my Orthodontist if he thought whitening would help. Unfortunately he said as my teeth were discoloured through intake of medicine, it was a different sort of staining (from the inside out, rather than being caused by external factors like smoking or coffee) and therefore he didn’t think it was even worth trying.
Years passed and I noticed the trend of ‘oil pulling’ picking up momentum and it really intrigued me, leaving me wondering if perhaps this could be the answer to my prayers. So, Minty Coco hooked me up with a 14-day supply of their coconut oil pulling teeth whitening formula and I set off on my way.
For those of you that don’t know what oil pulling is, basically, you take a dose of coconut oil (Minty Coco supply it in sachets, but I imagine it’s about a tablespoon sized amount) and you swish it around your mouth for 5-15 minutes. (I did it while I was doing my make-up in the morning, or cleaning the bathroom). Once you’ve swooshed your mouth good and proper, you spit the oil out into the bin (don’t use the sink or toilet because the oil will solidify and block them), brush your teeth and that’s it; simple as that!
As I said, I had the 14-day course and whilst I don’t feel it made any difference to the colour of my teeth, I definitely don’t think that can be judged too harshly as the doctor did say the discolouration of my teeth is deep rooted. What I will say though is that after oil pulling, my mouth felt fresh and clean and my teeth were a lot more shiny.
I’ve read a few things online which say that oil pulling is actually really good for your body as a whole too, as the coconut oil will soak through your mouth into your skin and I definitely saw a difference in how my face and lips looked so I can 100% believe this.
Coconut oil really does have so many beneficial factors and can be used for such a huge range of things, and Minty Coco definitely proves it good for keeping your mouth and gums healthy too.
Coconut oil pulling really might be the future of dental hygiene; I’m definitely a fan!
Have you tried oil pulling? What do you think – do you believe the hype?
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