What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an oral therapy that has been dated back 3000 years. A practice of Ayurvadic medicine where you take a tablespoon of oil, usually coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil, and swishing it in your mouth about 20 minutes and spit it out. Do not swallow it!

Oil pulling cleans your mouth similar to washing your dirty dishes with soap. In your mouth are single cell Microorganisms, these cells are covered with a fatty or lipid, membrane. When these microorganisms come into contact with the oil, they naturally adhere to each other which removes bacteria from your teeth. There is a possibility the oil residue may block pores in the dentin, covering nerve endings which could reduce sensitivity. So basically oil pulling sucks the toxins from your mouth, creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment which leads to the proper flow of dental liquid needed to prevent cavities and disease.

According to Fashionista.com these are the benefits to oil pulling:  • Whiter teeth • Cavity and gingivitis prevention • Better breath (halitosis suffers also reported greatly improved morning breath) • Stronger teeth and gums • Less jaw pain (TMJ sufferers noted great improvement), sleep problems and sinus issues • Alleviation of headaches, hangovers and skin issues (reports have shown improvement in acne, psoriasis and eczema)

 How to Do Oil Pulling

 Measure 1 to 2 teaspoons of the oil, maybe add a drop of essential oil to your “pulling oil” and put it in your mouth.

Swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes (this is how long it takes to break down plaque and bacteria). You will feel the oil become thicker as it mixes with your saliva, and you will notice when you spit it out the oil will have turned a milky white.

After 15-20 minutes, spit the oil into a trash can not into a sink as the oil could clog the drain. Try your best not to swallow any of the oil, you would just be swallowing the toxins that you are trying to get rid of.

Rinse with warm water to remove any leftover oil residue from your mouth.

Then brush your teeth to make sure you don’t ingest any of those toxins.

The difference between oils:

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents. Coconut oil contains vitamin E which is rich in antioxidants, and helps maintain healthy gum tissue. Coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay.

Sesame seed oil moisturizes gums, which can provide a measure of relief to those suffering from dry mouth. Dry mouth is known to increase bacteria growth

Sunflower oil helps to whiten teeth and is in a good amount of skin care products, I assume you need to apply the oil topically or even ingest it for the skin benefits.


Tips to Follow

-Don’t work too hard swishing:You can start off with just 5 minutes a day and work your way up to 20 minutes a day. A gentle swishing, and sucking through the teeth is all you really need.

-Do not swallow:If you happen to swallow some of the oil try using a smaller amount.

-Do not skip brushing and flossing: Oil pulling is NOT a replacement for traditional home oral care, and since it doesn’t reverse the effects of tooth decay, please continue all routine dental visits.

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