Does coconut oil help to whiten teeth?


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Coconut oil is a natural product that can help whiten a person's teeth. The lauric acid in coconut oil reduces the bacteria in plaque that causes the yellow appearance of teeth.

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While coconut oil does not produce an instant bleaching effect, such as some OTC teeth whitening products, the whitening effects of coconut oil often appear after extended use. A technique called "oil pulling" is considered successful in whitening teeth. Before an individual brushes his teeth in the morning, he can place a tablespoon of coconut oil in his mouth and swish it around for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

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