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Do this before you brush your teeth - and save tons of cash

Do this before you brush your teeth - and save tons of cash

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While when all have different styles and standards of beauty, I think we agree on one thing: we'd all like to have a whiter smile.

But some of us do things—like smoke or drink coffee or tea— that leave our teeth less than sparking.

However, there's a natural ingredient that's said to work wonders for dental health and discolored teeth.

The ingredient? Coconut oil.

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Going to the dentist often can be costly. But there are some tricks out there that can help you strengthen your oral health and save you from going to the dentist so often.

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Coconut oil can help erase stains on your teeth in a completely natural way, without attacking the enamel.

And another of the many other benefits of coconut oil? It freshens your breath.

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So why not try this home remedy, and have something to smile about?

What you need:

1 tablespoon of cold-pressed, natural coconut oil (sesame oil also works).

How it works:

Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth and gargle for 10 minutes before brushing your teeth.

The oil will mix with the saliva in your mouth, becoming a thin, whitish liquid. Agitate this liquid around your teeth, gums, and tongue. The coconut oil will absorb toxins and clean your mouth.

After 10-15 minutes, spit the oil out into a trash can, as it could clog up your sink after a while.

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This teeth-whitening method is called "oil pulling," and it's an ancient Indian art that has become popular again in recent times.

The idea is to use pure oils to "pull out" harmful bacteria, fungi, and other harmful particles from your mouth, teeth and gums.

Many people say they experience the results only after a few weeks, but there's also scientific support for the method.

Of course, coconut oil isn't a miracle cure that will make your teeth white in a few seconds, but it can be an effective option for those who want healthier teeth and a fresher mouth, according to this study.

It doesn't hurt to try, right?

Please share this tip with everyone you know so that more people get the chance to have a fresher mouth!

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