Thursday, March 26, 2015

{DIY: Oral Health} 7 Natural Remedies using Coconut Oil + Smile Brilliant Giveaway


Chapped lips 
Thanks to some extreme weather fluctuation that we have been so lucky to enjoy lately, our lips need some extra help! Coconut oil is an excellent way to avoid unattractive, uncomfortable cracking and to keep your lips smooth and shiny! For those of you that needed to read this a week ago, you’re in luck! Coconut oil can be combined with brown sugar and honey for exfoliation! (1 Tablespoon Raw Coconut oil, two teaspoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of honey)

Toothpaste 
We all go through our stages of having love-hate relationships with dental products. The media doesn’t help much, but I won’t point fingers! As a hygienist, my patients often ask about homemade products, my answer is typically the same; if it works for you, and you are brushing, I am fine with it! I would rather see patients using homemade toothpaste (given they have done their research and are not using battery acid or something ridiculous) than not using anything at all. Yes, believe it or not, this actually happens. Coconut oil and baking soda can be combined and used as toothpaste! Mix coconut oil and baking soda until a desired creamy texture is achieved.

Chewing Gum 
With children, gum in the hair seems to be a milestone! It happens to the best of us, typically at the most inopportune times! Chewed gum anywhere other than the mouth or trashcan is generally a complete disaster! Coconut oil can be used to remove sticky annoying gum from any surface including hair and carpet disasters!

Colds, Flu & Sore Throat 
Adding coconut oil to your regular diet will heighten your immune system by improving white blood cell counts! Coconut oil also lubricates oral tissue and aids in the prevention of tissue dryness that leads to annoying sore throats!

Cold Sores 
As soon as you feel the dreaded tingling, cold sore warning, apply coconut oil! The antiviral properties of the coconut oil help treat unsightly fever blisters!

Mouth Guard & Retainers 
Coconut oil can be used to sanitize a mouth guard or retainer! If you are someone who leaves these dental devices out on the counter in the bathroom, sanitation is a must! Aerosols from the toilet reach as far as 6 feet!

Teeth Whitening 
Whitening your teeth with coconut oil is also known as oil pulling. A product that is supported for all ages and all natural, who wouldn’t want to try it out? You will need, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and to swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes each day. There’s the catch, yes you need to swish and hold it in your mouth for 10-20 minutes!


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About the author: Erin Stelbrink is Registered Dental Hygienist with 5+ years of experience as a licensed hygienist and oral health care professional. She holds a passion for researching the latest technologies and methods for providing valuable health care service and clinical treatment. Aside from clinical work, Erin serves as a product researcher and journalist for Smile Brilliant, a company providing professional teeth whitening from home and cavity prevention products. Have more questions or wish to read more of Erin’s articles? Email her at erin@smilebrilliant.com or find more of her work on the Smile Brilliant Blog
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