Various toothpaste brands have long enticed customers with the elusive promise of how to get a sparkling white smile. As toothpastes failed miserably, people restored to different cosmetic dentistry treatments including veneers, laminates, bleaching, or finally, the capping option. Taking to treatments mentioned here, of course, depends on your budget and how you accept the “no pain, no gain” type medication. Not to mention the side-effects of such dental procedures including damage to the nerves, root or tissues of tooth– both exorbitant and frightening, to say the least.
Home remedies, over the years, religiously stuck to as whitening methods: brushing with sea salt, charcoal, bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and neem twig, either separately or combined, have shown mixed results, either on a temporary or long-time basis. Yet they fall short of one main factor: the power of the pull.
Coconut oil has been in use for some time in the Western world, but never went out of daily use in the Asian countries, including India, from where it all started. It gained popularity in this regard not because of its ‘magical’ goodies, but how it was used to whiten the teeth, viz: Oil Pulling.
The mainstream media had no qualms conveniently writing off ‘Oil Pulling’ as a folk remedy and took delight in not considering it as a natural alternative for tooth whitening or possessing any dental benefits. This is bit derogatory, given the fact that the process is based on the timeless ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, one of the world’s ancient holistic (“whole-body”) healing methods in India and many Asian countries.
What is Oil pulling?
The name ‘Oil Pulling ‘is due to the ‘pulling’ or cleansing effects of the oil that it possesses when applied on the skin. Coconut oil, in fact, is lipophilic, which means it attracts oils and many other fat soluble toxins, ‘extracting’ or ‘pulling’ them out from any surface that comes into contact with it. This beneficial property to pull or chelate toxins out of the body has been in effect for several centuries during traditional Ayurvedic detox therapies.
The forthcoming blog will focus on the ‘Pulling ‘abilities of the coconut oil, and how you can use it to whiten your teeth and restore sparkle over use.