If you’re looking for brighter, whiter teeth, you might be considering oil pulling. But before you begin swishing, The Doctors examine the celebrity-celebrated oral health product.
Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Ashley Benson have reportedly said on social media they use oil pulling for a brighter smile, but what is the real deal on swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes a day? Proponents of the practice claim it can improve oral health, whiten your teeth, detoxify the body and improve complexion.
“Research [on this] is very limited,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork warns.
Some claim the oils can help to break down plaque on your teeth, but again, conclusive proof that oil pulling works has yet to be determined.
OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton asked her best friend, who also happens to be her dentist, about the product and she said, “I don’t think it’s going to hurt, but I’m not for it.”
In addition to oil pulling’s uncertain benefits; The Doctors question the product’s $40 dollar price tag. If you’re considering using oil pulling for dental health, check with your dentist first.