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Dental Trends: Can Swishing Coconut Oil whiten your Teeth?

Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers remain the most effective, longest-lasting way to erase stains and discoloration from your teeth.

Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities have brought the practice of “oil pulling” into the mainstream. Paltrow recently told E! News she had started using the practice of oil pulling for teeth whitening and improved oral health.Followers of the practice claim it whitens your teeth and even removes bacteria that can infect the enamel and your gums. They say they swish a small amount of oil, typically coconut oil, in their mouths for about 20 minutes every day. It’s a technique that has been traced back to the ancient history of India and the practice of medicine known as Ayurveda.

So does oil pulling really work? The fact is, there really isn’t much research at all. Most of the information is anecdotal, coming from people who use the practice and believe it works. There isn’t any scientific evidence to support the claims related to oil pulling and teeth whitening. The argument is that the bacteria in your mouth are “fat soluble,” so they join with the oil, which you then spit out, removing some of the bacteria in your mouth. But the effect of this technique on the color of your teeth is probably nonexistent to minimal.

If you really want whiter, brighter teeth, a teeth whitening treatment or veneers are the way to go. These treatments are safe, effective and last many years without the need for daily swishing. And with our financing options, you have more ways to access the gorgeous smile you have always wanted.

To learn more about our experienced greater Austin dentist and teeth whitening treatments to bring out your most beautiful smile, please contact Cedar Park Premier Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dale Williams, DDS.