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Easy Step for Healthy Living Number 4


Daily Treat for Your Teeth


In my previous article ”Why Is It Important to Clean Your Teeth?” you learned about the crucial factors of keeping your teeth clean.

In this post, I want to tell you about two additional tips on how to keep your teeth clean and increase your overall health considerably.


Coconut oil pulling


Do coconut oil pulling each morning before you brush your teeth.Coconut

Coconut pulling has been known for thousands of years already, in the ancient world. In our days it has become more and more known, again, to be an excellent help in keeping our teeth clean and nice white.


The benefits of coconut oil pulling are:


  • Kills bad breath
  • Helps to decrease plaque build up
  • Whitens teeth
  • Prevents cavities
  • Helps against tooth decay
  • Heals bleeding gums
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Prevents gum diseases
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Heals cracked lips


A great advantage of using coconut oil to rinse your mouth is that it has an antibacterial effect, but it does not kill the good bacterias which the body need to stay healthy.

A mouth rinse you buy in a store often contain alcohol and these kill almost all bacteria, the good and the bad ones.


How to do coconut oil pulling:


Coconut oil in a glass jar
  • Swish oil in your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes the first thing in the morning.
  • Use approximately one tablespoon of oil (if it's in a liquid state); take less coconut oil when it is in a solid state*.
  • Pull the oil back and forth by sucking it between the teeth.
  • Brush the teeth after having spat out the oil.



When shall I have time to do the coconut pulling?


I suggest you do it while:

  • making your bed and preparing your clothes for the day or
  • while taking your morning shower or
  • while preparing the breakfast.


* Caution: The coconut oil remains in its white solid state if the room temperature is lower than 77 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (24-25 degrees Celcius). Therefore, be sure not to spit down the used coconut oil into the water sink, because it can clog your pipes. Instead, spit it in some kind of container you are anyway throwing away.


Check this short video on how to do coconut oil pulling:


Learn about the amazing benefits of coconut oil pulling.


Drink green tea


Drink one cup, or more, of green tea each day.

Green tea contains antioxidants (polyphenols) which breaks down the unhealthy plaque-causing bacterias, which also are to blame for cavities. As you learned in the paragraph above, plaque can lead to gum diseases and the dreaded periodontal disease.


Several studies have been made on this topic. Yasushi Koyama of the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine studied more than 25,000 Japanese men and women between age 40 and 64. This study found out that people who drank one cup of green tea per day had a better dental health than those who drank coffee. Especially the polyphenol catechin can help to stop the growth of bacteria and also viruses. Green tea also helps to reduce bad breath and has got virtually innumerable other health benefits, which I’m going to write about in a coming article.


If the body does not have to fight any infections you feel more energetic.
It means there is more energy for other functions.





This is why it is so important to implement the 4 habits into your daily routines:


You prevent getting dental cavities and gum diseases.

You prevent bacterias entering the bloodstream due to injured gums.

You will increase your overall health.

You get a fresh breath.

And last but not least: You get a beautiful white smile!



The 4 Healthy Teeth Habits


1. Pull coconut oil in your mouth 20 minutes each morning before brushing your teeth.

2. Brush your teeth each morning and each evening.

3. Floss your teeth preferably each evening, but at least four evenings per week.

4. Drink green tea each day.


Invest these minutes in your future health.


Instead of one day having to sacrifice your time for illness.


Take the time for these easy and healthy habits.


Start today!


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10 Thoughts on “Habit Changer: Shiny Teeth with Coconut & Green Tea”

  • Hi, Pernilla,

    Another pleasant surprise for me! I have never heard of these two methods how to get shiny teeth with coconut & green tea. I will try them, mainly attracted by the coconut oil method!

    As you give excellent tips on the healthy teeth topic, I would be happy to see a text, covering what kinds of a toothbrush is okay to use!

    • Hello again Tony!

      So nice to receive one more of your kind comments. Coconut oil pulling is a great way to get rid of unwanted bacteria in the mouth and it helps to make your teeth whiter. Of course, they won’t become as white as when bleaching the teeth, but it is definitively the healthier way and I think coconut oil tastes very good.
      Thank you for the input about the toothbrush. I will look into this and add this information to the post.
      Best wishes,

  • Amazing post on dental hygiene using natural methods, I will be starting to use coconut oil before brushing and flossing my teeth since reading your post today. I love learning new natural methods to take care of my health, I am always learning from your website.


    • Hello again Jeff!

      How wonderful that you want to make a habit out of coconut oil pulling. That’s a great decision!
      I’m so happy that you find my tips useful.
      If we take care of ourselves we’ll have a happier and healthier life.

  • Coconut oil pulling? WOW this sounds really interesting and something I will try. I always like trying things that are natural and healthy, and anything I can do to make my gums healthier is good for me! I also love the suggestion about drinking green tea — I do that anyway, so maybe it has been beneficial! Thanks for more great ideas!

    • Thank you, Amy, for your comment. I’m always happy to hear your thoughts and opinions!
      I can really recommend you doing coconut oil pulling. I do it every morning while doing other things like making my bed or preparing the breakfast. Sometimes I read a book while swishing the coconut oil in between my teeth.
      Green Tea is incredibly beneficial to our health in many ways so it is great that you already have made it a habit to drink green tea.


  • Wow! I have heard of coconut oil pulling but have no idea what was it about or how to do it. Now, thanks to your very helpful and informative article, I know more. I love the video. It really helped me understand more and see how coconut oil pulling is done. I used to drink green tea but stopped. Now, I am going to go back to drinking green tea, and I am going to start coconut oil pulling.

    • Hello Timotheus,

      It is awesome to hear that you find my advice helpful. Yes, the video of coconut oil pulling is very helpful. I like the taste of coconut oil very much and I hope you do too. It may take a while to get used to it, but it is definitively worth it, especially as coconut oil has got an antibacterial effect.
      Not everyone like green tea as it often has got a bitter taste. Try different kinds of green tea till you find one you like the best. Think of all the beneficial effects it has got, and you’ll gladly drink green tea every day.
      Looking forward to hearing from you again.

  • Great post and topic taking care of our dental health is very important to our overall health. As you stated in the article brush morning and evening with a rinse to kill bad bacteria. Most people don’t think about it and use mouthwash and don’t realize it kills good bacteria. Using coconut oil is a substitute for mouthwash would not be that hard to get used to if we already use mouthwash. I think to find it might be the hardest thing to do because I can’t go down here to the store and purchase it. I would have to order it to keep it in stock from Amazon or eBay or maybe a health food store if I’m lucky.

    • Hello Fred,

      Thank you for your comment!
      Coconut oil is a great natural substitute for mouthwash. Not all stores do have coconut oil in their range, but bigger grocery shops mostly have it and of course organic shops. You definitively find coconut oil on Amazon, I have added a link here in this post. Soon I’m publishing a review about coconut oils to buy and what to think about when choosing the oil. Hope you will find it helpful.

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