Is Oil Pulling the Secret to a Whiter Smile?
To pull or not to pull—that is the current question. We’re well aware of the benefits of using oil unclog pores, but what about your mouth? Talk of the trend has been making the rounds lately, with everyone from Shailene Woodley to Gwyneth Paltrow singing its praises. But is the key to a whiter smile and better breath as simple as swishing? We asked Manhattan dentist Dr. Marc Lowenberg for the lowdown.
The idea: First off, the best time to utilize this practice is “in the morning, before eating or drinking anything,” noted Lowenberg. Coconut, sesame, or olive are optimum choices, and “the concept is incredibly simple: A person swishes about 1 to 2 teaspoons of vegetable-based oil in the mouth for twenty minutes, spits it out, and rinses well with warm water,” he explained. “Don’t forget to brush well after rinsing.”
The bottom line: “Just as oil cleanses the skin, oil pulling improves oral health…it cuts through plaque and removes toxins without disturbing teeth or gums,” said Lowenberg. “It also has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally.” Even better, the side effects of topical whitening treatments (such as sensitivity to hot and cold) are a thing of the past with this age-old remedy.