Today is Dentist’s Day! Now, how many people actually enjoy going to the dentist? I know that I personally don’t and Kayla had a dentist’s appointment yesterday that she was dreading! What makes us dread the dentist so much? Is it that they try to talk to you when they are cleaning your teeth, use very sharp instruments, or do we just not care for our teeth as well as we should? It could be a combination of all of these reasons and maybe even more! My dentist says that I should floss, brush, and mouthwash twice a day and everyday but I know that sometimes I forget to floss…oops!
So how can we improve our liking of the dentist? Well if you don’t enjoy the dentist because your teeth hurt when they are cleaning them, then I have a solution for you! Coconut Oil! Yes, the oil that you use in cooking, baking, on your skin, and in your hair can also be used on your pearly whites! You could try oil pulling which Dr. Mercola highly recommends doing at least once a day. “The second technique I’ve been using for the past year is called “oil pulling” with coconut oil, which has reduced my plaque by another 50 percent, allowing me to go longer between visits to the hygienist. Oil pulling is a practice dating back thousands of years, having originated with Ayurvedic medicine. When oil pulling is combined with the antimicrobial power of coconut oil, you have one very powerful health tool.” says Dr. Mercola.
- Place a tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth and allow it to melt into a liquid form.
- Gently swish the oil back and forth for about 15 to 20 mins, be sure to not swish very fast as it may make your jaw sore.
- Spit the oil out when finished, make sure no oil gets ingested.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
The best time of day to do this is in the morning before you brush your teeth or eat anything. This method will leave your teeth feeling fresh and clean. “Coconut oil, a natural antibiotic when digested, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay, researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland, reported at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn conference at the University of Warwick, England, today. They added that the antibiotic component in digested coconut oil could be added to dental care products.” – Medical News Today. If you don’t like the idea of oil pulling, try making my Coconut Oil Toothpaste, which works great!
Have you ever tried using coconut oil on your teeth? Did you see results for a brighter, whiter smile?