I recently discovered oil pulling. Oil what?
Oil pulling is an age-old remedy started in India thousands of years ago that uses oil to clean, detoxify, and nourish teeth and gums; it also whitens teeth. Oil pulling removes excessive and bad bacteria from your mouth, which also helps with detoxification of the entire body. It is well known that bacteria in the mouth can lead to other health related problems besides gum disease.
How Do You Do It?
Basically you swish a teaspoon or two of oil – coconut, sesame and olive oil work best – in your mouth for up to twenty minutes. Ten to fifteen is okay too, but twenty is optimal to break down plague and root out bacteria. After you spit out (in a paper bag if you are concerned about your plumbing), rinse with warm salt water and brush as usual. Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning before breakfast. Twenty minutes is a long time to spend swishing, so I use that time to go about my morning routine, all while swishing, and before you know it you’re done. My husband loves the quiet while I swish!
How Does It Work?
Unlike mouthwash, oil is viscous and therefore picks up saliva and pulls out bacteria while it works its way deep into the crevices of your gum tissues. The oil cuts through plaque and removes toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums. Be careful not to swallow the oil because you will reintroduce the bacteria back into your body.
My dentist always mentions my inflamed gums and deep pockets, so I decided to give oil pulling with coconut oil a try. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not bad. I swished for several weeks before a second appointment with my periodontist. She noticed that my gums were less inflamed than previously, and when I mentioned that I had been oil pulling, which she had never heard of, she wouldn’t exactly attribute the decrease in swelling to the oil pulling. She did say however, to keep it up if I thought it was working.
Oil pulling is an easy practice to help heal teeth and gums and one that possibly benefits your entire system. I love how clean and glossy my teeth feel after swishing too! Why not give it a try and let me know what you think!
Information compiled from http://wellnessmama.com/7866/oil-pulling-for-oral-health/ and http://coconut-oil-pulling.com/.
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