I’ve been quite lucky in that my teeth have always been reasonably white, however, as I get older I’ve noticed years of smoking, caffeine etc. have started to take their toll. They’re not looking as gleaming as they possibly could; shall I say!
I’d always wanted to have my teeth whitened but had heard stories of how much it can hurt, only being able to eat white foods for a period of time after the procedure and let’s be honest, it really is quite expensive.
I’d heard all about oil pulling from the various ‘celebrities’ who get paid to tweet about teeth whitening products they’re using, (usually accompanied by that twatty hashtag #spon) so thought I might give it a whirl.
The procedure I was most keen to try was the relatively new craze “Oil Pulling”. I had no idea what it entailed so set about doing some research and read a review by someone for Cosmopolitan magazine. The review was pretty good, the reviewer admitted it’s not the most pleasant of experiences and quite strange to get used to but that she had indeed noticed a change in her teeth for the better.
I instructed my best friend to kindly procure me some Coconut Oil from Morrisons supermarket and decided to take the plunge and get swilling that oil.
There are a few companies who actually sell oil for you to use ,purely for teeth whitening but they are oh so expensive.
The first time I tried it (2 weeks today), I literally thought I was going to be sick, the taste was SO strange and the feeling of this lump of coconut oil in my mouth was making me gag, I was desperately willing it to start dissolving.
I was determined to persevere – no pain, no gain and all that. I began to swill, I literally had no idea how I would manage to keep this going for the recommended 15-20 minutes, time seemed to go so slowly. I
was worried that I might swallow some accidently and be sick or end up putting on weight (the calorie content on the tub literally shocked me to my inner core, however I soon realised I’d only be using a tiny amount). The minutes passed, my mum staring at me in utter bemusement (whilst probably enjoying the peace and quiet, it’s a rarity for me to be quiet for longer than 2 minutes let alone 20).
Time was up, I was ready to spit (so ladylike eh?). I have to admit, that once I’d spat the contents of my gob into the sink, my mouth instantly felt fresher and cleaner. I was pretty impressed, although I was already beginning to dread having to do it the following day.
The following day came, and I reminded myself of my “No pain, no gain” mantra “beauty is torture” and all that jazz. So, got on with the job in hand and started swilling my coconut oil once again and I continued to do so every day for a fortnight.
Fast forward 2 weeks and I’m pleased to say, my teeth are noticeably whiter – I wouldn’t say they’re bright white a-la Ross from Friends, or any of the TOWIE lot with their false gnashers. However, my teeth definitely look cleaner and my mouth feels a lot nicer too.
I have to admit, it’s not the chore it was a week or 2 ago. I actually look forward to swilling the oil, I love how refreshed my mouth feels after I’ve done it.
Sadly, I totally forgot to take a picture of my teeth prior to starting this little experiment (helpful eh?) but here’s a picture of my teeth today. Two weeks after starting it. Even my mum has noticed an improvement in my teeth.
I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cheap way of whitening their teeth, I’m going to continue my oil pulling and make it part of my beauty routine. I’ll post a picture in a month or so to update you all on the results then.
Let me know if you’ve tried oil pulling and what you thought of it. I’d love to hear your experiences.