Did you know that oil pulling using coconut oil is one of the best ways to remove bacteria from your mouth and promote healthy teeth and gums? Not only is more effective than dental floss, oil pulling is also an excellent way to whiten your teeth naturally.
An ancient remedy rooted in Indian Ayurvedic medicine also known as gundusha, oil pulling using coconut oil is a great way to detoxify your teeth and gums using an entirely natural substance. While the oil helps fight harmful bacteria in the mouth, it has the added bonus of whitening your teeth naturally.
The general idea is that you swish oil around your mouth every day in an effort to maintain your oral health. Applying the principle of ‘like dissolves like’, exactly as you would when using oil to cleanse you skin, the oil will cut through dental plaque and remove toxins without any adverse effects on your teeth or gums. It leaves behind a clean, antiseptic environment that is conducive to the proper flow of dental liquid required for the prevention of cavities and dental disease.
How does oil pulling work?
The concept of oil pulling is very easy to understand. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit out and rinse well. Normally, oil pulling is performed in the morning before food or drink is consumed, but it can be done before each meal to address persistent dental issues.
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil into your mouth. While sesame oil is used in the Ayurvedic tradition, modern oil pulling tends to favour organic coconut oil which is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste.
- Swish the oil around your mouth for approximately 20 minutes. The timing is important since you need long enough to break through dental plaque and bacteria, but not so long that the body starts to reabsorb toxins and bacteria. As you swish, you will notice the oil getting thicker and milky as it mixes with your saliva, while the volume will also double. By the time you are ready to spit out, the oil should be creamy white.
- Spit the oil out into a separate container – not into the sink or the toilet since the oil may clog your pipes. Also, take care not to swallow the just swished oil as it will contain bacteria, toxins, dead skin and other residue from your mouth that should be removed from your body.
- Rinse your oral cavity well with warm water, swishing a few times to get any remaining oil out of the mouth.
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What are the medical benefits of oil pulling?
Oil pulling has been used in India for many centuries to successfully address problems such as
- Bad breath
- Tooth decay
- Dental cavities
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth whitening
- Cracked lips
- Dry throat
- Low immunity
While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the efficacy of oil pulling, the research is unfortunately limited on the subject. There are some scientific studies to back up the benefits of oil pulling on dental caries, plaque and gingivitis, various types of oral bacteria and other micro organisms.
In addition, many people have reported benefits of oil pulling that go far beyond the realms of oral health, ranging from skin conditions to headaches, asthma to arthritis, hormone imbalances to heart disease. Clearly, there is much we don’t yet fully understand.
How safe is oil pulling?
While there may be some scepticism, particularly in allopathic circles, about the health benefits of oil pulling, there is no question that oil pulling is a safe practice provided you use certified food grade oil. Most dentists will agree that oil pulling is an effective and safe alternative to conventional mouthwash, and that there’s no harm in practising it.
Oil pulling is also generally considered safe to use for pregnant/nursing women, particularly after the first trimester of pregnancy. Children may use oil pulling once they are old enough not to swallow the oil. If you have sensitive teeth or many fillings, oil pulling should not be a problem either. If you are in any doubt, do please check with your doctor or dentist.