We Tried It: 8 Ways to Use Coconut Oil
Everyone's talking about it, but we wanted to know: Is coconut oil a multipurpose miracle or marketing hype?
"I was hesitant put oil all over my teeth, but this actually worked surprisingly well! I mixed in a bit of baking soda to build up the texture and began to brush. The coconut oil really polished the surface of my teeth, leaving them pearly, super white (even after a morning of coffee and a night of red wine), and with that smooth, post-dentist feeling you can't help but rub your tongue over. My teeth have also been a bit sensitive lately, but when brushing with coconut oil, I didn't feel any of the usual pain that the harsh chemicals in my regular toothpaste make worse. The only problem was the lack of minty freshness. I still felt like I needed to re-brush with my normal foamy toothpaste or rinse with a minty mouthwash for my mouth to feel completely fresh. So, I'm not quite ready to give up my regular toothpaste, but I'll definitely put in polishing sessions with coconut oil if I can remember to pick up peppermint oil to mix into the paste."
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