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(NBC NEWS) -- Forget whitening strips and special toothpaste,  even professional whitening treatments.  The answer to a brighter smile might be in the baking aisle at the grocery store.

It's a new trend called "oil pulling." Here's how it works: you take a tablespoon of oil, either coconut, sunflower or sesame, and then you swish it around for 15 to 20 minutes and spit it out.

The theory is bacteria clings to the oil and when you spit it out you get rid of toxins and whiten your teeth. While some dentists said there's no proof that this works,  more and more patients are singing its praises.

Oil pulling is not a substitute for regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.

If you try it, be sure to spit the oil into the garbage can and not the sink. Coconut oil will solidify and can clog your pipes.
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