By Beckman Dentistry
November 21, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  
You’ve heard all the home remedies for teeth whitening, but does oil pulling really work?

Everyone is looking to get whiter teeth, and it seems that a lot of people will try just about anything. From old wives tales to home remedies, people are weeding out the successes from the unsuccessful whitening treatments to find the Holy Grail of teeth whitening. The newest trend in at-home teeth whitening can actually be found in your very own pantry. It’s coconut oil, and people have been using it for centuries to revive dull smiles.

This home teeth-whitening remedy of using coconut oil to whiten teeth goes back over 2,500 years ago to an ancient practice known as oil pulling, or even oil swishing. At that time, people said that oil pulling sweetened breath, treated gum disease, prevented decay and even reduced arthritis symptoms. Oil pulling is apart of Indian traditional medicine known as Ayurveda, which believes in oiling all parts of the body to produce an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial response.

Do some people believe that their teeth where whitened just from swishing coconut oil everyday? Yes! However, there is no research to prove that in fact coconut oil will get your pearly whites even whiter. Right now the American Dental Association says that more studies will need to be conducted on the benefits of coconut oil on whitening teeth before they can conclude that it works.

Besides not having results to back these claims, oil pulling can also make some people nauseous. While cutting back on how long you swish might help tame the nausea, some people may still find this home remedy less than appealing. Sure, it’s great that people are taking such a great interest in keeping their mouths clean and trying to get teeth whiter; however, there is a better way to brighten your smile without all the hassle. If you want to get a whiter smile, the most effective way is through professional teeth whitening. Our whitening system can make teeth up to eight shades brighter in only an hour.

First we apply a special whitening gel to your teeth and then shine a laser beam on it to activate the gel. Once fifteen minutes has past, we will remove and reapply the gel and then use the laser again to reactivate. There are usually three 15-minute whitening sessions to get the desired results. However, you can walk out of our office with a significantly brighter smile in under an hour. This option is great for those looking to get whiter teeth before holiday parties, family photos, and weddings. The process and results are fasts.

If you’re interested in getting teeth whitening in Prairie Village, give us a call so we can set you up with an appointment. Get your radiant smile back with our teeth whitening system.