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FAQs

FAQS

HOW DOES YALA WORK?

YALA is made with natural ingredients that work together to brighten smiles.

  • Natural coconut oil is made up of molecules called lipids. When swished, lipids have a soap-like effect, creating friction that helps lift unwanted stains, leaving behind a cleaner mouth and whiter teeth. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which is shown to be a natural antibacterial agent. 
  • Clove essential oil is shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • USA Birch Tree Xylitol is a natural sugar that helps kill the bacteria that causes tooth decay. 

Remember: YALA helps keep your mouth healthy when used in combination with brushing and flossing.

HOW SHOULD I USE YALA?

The key to YALA is time. We recommend starting with 5 minutes of gentle swishing, working your way up to 15 minutes (even up to 20-30 minutes if you can!). The longer you swish, the more effective it will be. And the more gently you swish, the longer you’ll be able to YALA. We recommend using YALA throughout your shower, while you walk your dog, even while you drive to work. It’s a great way to transform your free time into a healthy habit.

When you finish, be sure to spit YALA into the garbage. Over time, coconut oil can cause buildup in pipes. Aim for the trash to avoid any problems.

MY YALA IS HARD AND WON’T COME OUT OF THE TUBE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

YALA isn’t like a normal mouthwash. Since it’s made with coconut oil, it settles into a paste at room temperature. I recommend running the tube under warm water for a few seconds. This will cause YALA to liquefy and make it easier to use. Shake and squirt a small amount into your mouth--around a half teaspoon--and swish.

MY YALA IS GRITTY. WHAT’S UP?

YALA is more than just coconut oil. Our dentist-created formula includes essential oils and USA Birch Tree Xylitol which may settle out into the gritty texture you notice sometimes when you first open YALA. It’s perfectly natural. These textures will dissolve quickly once you begin swishing, supercharging the healthy, mouth-cleaning power of YALA.

I CAN’T POSSIBLY SWISH FOR 15 MINUTES. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

We know. 15 minutes sounds like forever. We recommend keeping YALA in the shower and rinsing while you bathe.

Here are a few tips we’ve received from fans:

  • “I use it on my drive to work.”
  • “Perfect during morning poses.”
  • “Exactly the length of one dog walk.”
  • “When I’m walking to the subway!”

Whenever and wherever you choose to YALA, it’s the perfect time for positive reflection. When you’re finished, you’ll feel healthier inside and out.

HOW IS YALA BETTER/DIFFERENT THAN OTHER WHITENING PRODUCTS?

Many over-the-counter whitening products and charcoal toothpastes can cause significant damage to teeth. These work by stripping away enamel and dehydrating teeth, causing sensitivity and damage. YALA cleans and whitens naturally, helping promote a naturally healthier mouth with no discomfort.

For more information on the science behind YALA, see the section titled “How Does YALA Work?”

WHEN SHOULD I YALA?

Whenever you can. Use YALA before or after meals, before or after brushing and flossing (remember to do both!), or any other time you can fit it in. The important thing is remembering to do it daily.

BESIDES WHITENING, WHAT ELSE CAN YALA DO?

YALA is way more than just flavored coconut oil. Our dentist-formulated rinse promotes a healthier mouth in a number of ways.

  • Clove oil, an essential oil gently formulated into YALA, is used extensively in contemporary dentistry. Clove oil is a potent antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory agent. 
  • All natural, organic USA Birch Tree Xylitol gives YALA a subtle sweetness and may contribute to oil-pulling’s ability to reduce the amount of the ‘tooth-decay’ bacteria in the mouth. And, it freshens your breath naturally.

WHY NOT JUST USE PLAIN COCONUT OIL?

YALA’s was formulated by dentist Dr. Aaron Schwartz to provide a broader range of oral care benefits than simply using coconut oil. For more specifics on what’s in each tube, read the FAQ titled “How Does YALA Work?”

YALA’s packaging was designed with oral care and portability in mind. Coconut oil is typically packaged in jars, making it unruly to carry and hard to use. YALA’s tube is small, easy to administer, and easy to store neatly.

WHAT IS XYLITOL, AND WHY IS IT IN YALA?

All natural, organic, USA Birch Tree Xylitol gives YALA its subtle sweetness and may contribute to oil-pulling’s ability to reduce the amount of the ‘tooth-decay’ bacteria in the mouth. Please note: while xylitol is safe for humans, it is toxic for dogs.

WHAT IS CLOVE OIL, AND WHY IS IT IN YALA?

Clove oil, an essential oil derived from clove bud, is gently formulated into YALA. Clove oil is used extensively in contemporary dentistry as a soothing agent. Clove oil is a potent antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory agent. You may notice a slightly spicy/clovey taste with YALA, especially on the “finish” after spitting. That’s the clove oil at work.

IS YALA SAFE?

YALA is all-natural and made with essential oils that are beneficial for the mouth, but, like most mouth rinses, it should not be swallowed. Xylitol can be toxic for dogs, so keep YALA safely put away. Please consult a physician if pregnant you’re pregnant and wish to use YALA.

HOW LONG SHOULD I USE YALA?

You can use YALA as much or as little as you want. The more consistent you are and the longer you swish, the better your results will be. In terms of whitening, many proponents of oil-pulling say they notice a significant difference after two weeks of daily use. Try a two-week challenge and see the results for yourself. Be sure to post before and after photos online and tag it with #HowIYALA!

I HEAR YOU DONATE TO A DENTAL CHARITY - TELL ME MORE.

Yes, we’re proud to donate a portion of proceeds to Healthy Smiles Healthy Children to help children get the dental care they need. See more about the great work they do here, and if you’d like to donate, please do so here.