Oil pulling is a method of swishing oil around in your mouth in order to detoxify your body. Among the many purported beneficial things oil pulling does for the body is making your teeth whiter and stronger. I can say from personal experience that oil pulling really is an effective way to naturally whiten your teeth, strengthen your gums, and improve your overall oral hygiene.
Your teeth won't look significantly whiter immediately. It will take patience and oil pulling at least once a day for several days before you see results. If you're a heavy coffee or tea drinker, or smoker (which is ironic, if you're interested in salubrious living), it will take even longer. However, it is a far superior and healthier method of whitening your teeth than going to the dentist. Not to mention, cheaper.
From my personal experience, after oil pulling for a week, my teeth became noticeably whiter and brighter. Being an avid coffee-drinker myself, I noticed some stubborn minor stains around the edges of my teeth also disappeared over time. My gums also felt a lot healthier, and I could definitely feel how much more firmly rooted my teeth were in my bite. I've read that oil pulling even helps promote the re-mineralization of tooth enamel, which would also contribute to stronger and white teeth. I don't know if this has been the case for me, but I have definitely felt the tiny spaces between some teeth become tighter after I began oil pulling. This may have been a result of either the re-mineralization or stronger gums, or both. Oil pulling is also a great way of flushing out stubborn plaque or debris that floss isn't always able to get to.
I currently oil pull for about 20 minutes once every 1-2 days, which isn't very often, compared to others. I've read that some people are able to oil pull for an hour at a time, two or three times a day! But don't worry, you don't need to make that big a commitment in order to obtain whiter teeth the natural way. Try doing this just once a day, and you'll find you will eventually have whiter teeth. You'll also have stronger, healthier gums, something that no dentist can do for you.
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