A 23-year-old female asked:
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if you swish coconut oil in your mouth, spit it out, and brush your teeth will it whiten your teeth?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: Nope. Absolutely not.
Answered on May 21, 2014
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Dr. Don Millner
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Lime in dee coconut?: Anything we eat, drink, swish, swallow brush away will remove/dilute some amount of tooth surface stained plaque. However, i doubt anyone will see the difference swishing with coconut milk. But... If you "put dee lime in dee coconut and call your dentist in the morning " or just buy some white strips...I think you just might see some results.
Answered on Apr 6, 2014
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Dr. Don Millner
Dr. Don Millner commented
42 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
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I stand corrected: coconut oil not milk. Yes I have heard that "oil"swishing may reduce oral bacterial count I never heard it would whiten teeth. Honestly, people will do ANYTHING TO AVOID DAILY FLOSSING!!! Skipping a day of flossing is like not flossing at all. If you really want to lower your oral bacteria count floss!! if toothbrushing really worked there would be no decay or gum disease !
Mar 19, 2014
Dr. William Jakavick
36 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Oil Pulling: Ancient ayurvedic technique of swishing cold-pressed oil in your mouth every morning for 20 minutes. Much like a rinse. Passing it vigorously over the gums and between the teeth. It was the closest thing to a water pik. There are some antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefit to the action but it wont whiten your teeth. Can brighten and make shiny. Who has 20 minutes every morning however/.
Answered on May 23, 2014
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
42 years experience Dentistry
Can U swish 4 20 min: Recently this "fad" called oil pulling has been on the news and the internet. The process is credited with improving diet, one has more energy and even whitens teeth. The catch is you need to swish for 20 minutes...can you do that and wouldn't it be easier to see your dentist for scientifically researched methods that are safe and predictable? You can decide!
Answered on May 23, 2014
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