We’re a generally superficial society which is obsessed with our looks. Of course, there’s nothing wrong about it, which is why people are always trying to look their best from the clothes they wear to their hair and pearly white teeth.
Millions of people around the world are paying thousands of dollars to make their teeth whiter than ever, but some of these treatments do nothing more than harm the structure of the teeth, which can lead to new problems.
Bleaching and laser therapy are expensive and popular tooth-whitening procedures that are supposed to give you the Hollywood smile. However, they are not always effective, and they can be outright harmful for your teeth as well. Furthermore, one 2007 study showed that these treatments may make your teeth hypersensitive, which can make for a painful experience when eating something hot or cold. Besides the hypersensitivity, many of the patients involved in the study reported gum pain, enamel loss and even tooth fractures, which is concerning. Another study showed some people can’t even go through the whole process, quitting because of toothache.
All of this means that the price for whitening your teeth may be too high. However, you should know that there are a few natural methods which can whiten your teeth if used regularly without the adverse side-effects of the aforementioned treatment. The best news? They’re almost free.
Have you heard about oil pulling? It’s an ancient technique that has been used in Ayurveda medicine to destroy bacteria in the oral cavity and resolve numerous problems. Oil pulling can be used against bad breath, toothache, gum problems and to whiten the teeth as well. It involves the use of coconut oil – simple swish a bit of it in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spit it out and rinse with water. It’s a simple procedure which can be a bit challenging in the beginning, but you should get used to it in a short time.
Even science has confirmed that oil pulling is beneficial for our oral health. For example, studies have shown that the method can reduce the number of bacteria that form plaque on your teeth and eliminate bad breath as well. One study showed that the method is effective against halitosis as well and has the same effect as commercial mouthwash products, but without their side-effects. Finally, when performed regularly, oil pulling can certainly make your teeth whiter than ever before.
Although oil pulling is in itself a very effective method, you can make it even better by adding a pinch of turmeric. According to a 2013 study, turmeric and its active ingredient curcumin has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunostimulant and antimutagenic properties which can be of help for your health. Turmeric is even used in dentistry as a fissure and pit sealant and the treatment of various oral problems. Furthermore, turmeric is a powerful antibacterial agent, so why not add it to coconut oil and use the mixture to improve your oral health?
The mixture of coconut oil and turmeric brings the best of both worlds and is great for your health. Using it regularly will relieve numerous problems in your oral cavity and strengthen your teeth as well, which will result in better oral health. The mixture will also make your teeth whiter, so why not give it a try?
Here’s how to prepare it:
- ½ teaspoon turmeric (grated)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil (slightly warm)
- 10 drops peppermint (or other) essential oil
Melt the coconut oil for a bit first, but don’t let it get too hot. Now, pour it in a bowl and add the other ingredients, then mix well. If 10 drops of mint oil are too much for you, you can cut the amount in half. Now, while the mixture’s still runny, pour it in an ice tray and freeze it for 15-20 minutes – just enough so they solidify. Transfer them to a glass jar when you’re done
When you get up in the morning, take one of the cubes, put it in your mouth and swish it for 20 minutes. Spit out in the end and rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat the process every day for 2-3 weeks, and you should already notice the results – your teeth should be noticeable whiter and all the problems you’ve been suffering from should be gone as well.