The popularity of coconut oil has soared due to the purported health benefits. Fuelling the coconut oil trend has been leading celebrity endorsements which have claimed coconut oil to be the new miracle ingredient! Gwyneth Paltrow is among those who love this natural beauty trend. White Glo Business Development Manager, Jordan Kirk shares why you should be be jumping on this new trend.

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Not only delicious, coconut oil is one of those foods that seems to have endless uses. However, one of the most popular benefits in recent times is oil pulling. This practice is now becoming a daily oral care routine for many consumers worldwide.

Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic practice which started thousands of years ago. This procedure involves swishing oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out. By doing this the belief is one can draw out harmful toxins, bacteria and plaque from your mouth and body. An additional oral care benefit is that it helps the removal of stains and discolouration built up on teeth leaving them whiter and shinier.

The reason for choosing coconut oil is that it has been known for its ability to kill harmful bacteria. Lauric acid in coconut oil kills harmful bacteria in the mouth that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Studies conducted at the College of Dental Sciences suggest that coconut oil is particularly effective at killing oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutants, which is a leading cause of tooth decay.

Some other known benefits to using coconut oil in your oral care routine/toothpaste are:

– Kills bad breath
– Prevents cavities
– Whitens teeth
– Antibacterial properties
– Reduces inflammation and gum disease
– Helps prevent bleeding gums

Developing good oral health habits are so important and it’s never too late to start! Most oral health conditions are preventable and this means brushing your teeth twice a day, remembering to floss, eating a diet low in sugar and visiting the dentist for check-ups. Trust us, it’s worthwhile in the long run to avoid painful and costly mouth problems.