Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing oil around in your mouth for a set period of time. It draws out the toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health.
Dating back to around 5,000 years ago, oil pulling was originally used for healing purposes to treat all kinds of oral issues with sesame and sunflower oil being the predominant base used at the time. Recent studies show that when compared with our usual mouthwash, the method of oil pulling with sesame oil does in fact reduce plaque. The growing trend in the 21st century towards using natural, organic products wherever possible has meant that oil pulling has seen a comeback, as people embrace this traditional and wholly natural way to look after their teeth. Coconut oil is often favored above the original oils, as this oil also has many benefits for your whole body such as burning fat and balancing hormones. Additionally, coconut oil has been seen to have the ability to help protect against tooth decay.
Here are some of the benefits of oil pulling:
Swishing coconut oil helps pull out bacteria that tends to hide between teeth and gums. By getting rid of this bacteria, you can prevent cavities from ever forming in your mouth.
Systematic health benefits
Oil pulling is believed to have not only oral benefits but also contributes to positive health and healing. The Ayurvedic medicine text professes that oil pulling cures over thirty health ailments. Some of these include: diabetes, arthritis, chronic sinusitis, migraines, asthma, bronchitis, intestinal diseases, heart disease, kidney disease, eczema, and many chronic illnesses. Reducing the amount of unfavorable bacteria and toxins in your body reduces the strain they cause on your immune system. This may explain why some claim oil pulling is capable of curing diseases and chronic inflammation.
Promotes Oral Hygiene
Gum diseases and tooth decay occur due to the deposition of plaque on teeth. If the teeth are not cleaned after satisfying the taste buds with some yummy food item; plaque gets deposited on your teeth which release bacteria and germs. Oil pulling helps reduce tooth cavities and gets rid of bad breath. It removes Streptococcus mutans bacteria along with other microorganisms. It works wonders in improving oral health. Hence, it can be used as a mouthwash. It must be practiced during pregnancy as the changing hormone levels, and the calcium utilization by the developing baby takes a toll on the teeth and gums.
How to oil pull:
- Put the oil in your mouth. The oil is considered a fat that will add to the detox formula you are creating. It is important to take note of that the recommended oils to use are sunflower, sesame oil and olive oil.
Most importantly to use cold pressed oil as a first choice. If this is not available use refined oil.
- Whoosh the oil with your saliva. This is the water and enzymes combination that is adding to make a short- term mixture, which has the natural know-how of binding oil and water soluble molecules, blanketing them both into the currents in your mouth.
- Rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water. Give yourself a moment to adjust back to not swishing any oil liquid in your mouth.
Your saliva glands will need a few minutes to readjust to not having to move and swish.