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Oil Pulling & Teeth Whitening: Does It Work?

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A wellness trend known as oil pulling is taking the internet by storm. The process involves swishing around a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and through your teeth, to strain harmful bacteria that cause discoloration and decay.

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Many who try this holistic practice are doing so in an attempt to whiten their teeth, but does it work?

According to the American Dental Association, there is not enough evidence to scientifically prove that oil pulling is beneficial for your oral health or could lead to whitened teeth.

If you’re truly looking to whiten your teeth at home, then it’s better to try hydrogen peroxide-based toothpaste first. If you want to see results in as little as a few weeks, then it’s important to be diligent about your brushing and flossing routine. Make sure you’re correctly brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle, with a small dollop of this toothpaste, and for two minutes at a time.

If this method doesn’t work or works too slowly to achieve the results you desire, then it might be time to schedule professional teeth whitening with your dentist. Doing this not only ensures you get the even results you desire but it is also done in addition to considering all of your oral health needs and goals as well.

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2023 is the perfect year to let your smile shine. Get whiter teeth and improve your smile through the professional cosmetic services at Chicago Beautiful Smiles. To schedule your teeth whitening or cosmetic dental care consultation, please call our office now.

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