Is Coconut Oil Good for Teeth?

Coconut Oil

Recently coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention in the health world, but is it good for our teeth? And what is oil pulling?

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil Pulling has been around for hundreds of years and many cultures consider it healthy for body tissues. Around a teaspoon or so of coconut oil is swished and pulled through your mouth, this in return, is thought to remove bacteria that can cause plaque and gingivitis. With people searching for natural alternatives, oil pulling has become increasingly popular.


The touted benefits of coconut oil pulling include healthier gums, plaque removal, and whiter teeth. Other benefits such as the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease have been reported as well. However, none of these benefits have been scientifically tested and proven.


Not much research or scientific evidence has been conducted on oil pulling with coconut oil. The fact of the matter is that this method does not compare to other methods with ingredients that have been properly tested. The ADA cannot back claims that coconut oil and oil pulling is good for oral health. Overall, if you want results, whitening toothpaste infused with hydrogen peroxide or professional whitening treatments are better options to pursue.

Dr. Michael Koumas is a dentist in Newburgh, NY who has been listed as one of Hudson Valley Magazine’s Top Dentists for the past decade, as well as Hudson Valley Magazine Top Doctors. Dr. Koumas is a graduate of the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery.

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