Oil pulling is a growing trend, but it’s not new. Maybe you’ve seen something about it on the Internet, or a friend of a friend swears by it, but you’re not sure exactly what it is.
Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.
This is very effective way of cleansing the body from toxins and improving oral and overall health. It is especially beneficial for detoxifying the teeth and gums and whitening of your teeth at the same time.
Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
Unlike some so-called natural home remedies, it’s not a practice that’s based on pseudo-science. Recent studies show that oil pulling helps against gingivitis, plaque, and microorganisms that cause bad breath.
For best effects, you should use a good quality oil, and this inexpensive treatment will cause no side-effects, but multiple health benefits instead.
When it comes to oils, we recommend the use of coconut oil, which is one of the healthiest ingredients you can use, and will additionally boost the effects. Plus, coconut oil is loaded with lauric acid, which is well-known for its antimicrobial properties.
These are some reasons more to try oil pulling with coconut oil to promote oral health:
- Cures tooth decay
- Kills bad breath
- Destroys bacteria and fights gum infections
- Breaks through the plaque
- Whitens teeth
- Heals bleeding gums
- Prevents cavities
This is how to use coconut oil for oil pulling
Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
You should swish a teaspoon of solid organic coconut oil in the mouth, and let it melt. Keep it for 20 minutes. You can do it during the day, before meals as well, in the case of severe dental problems or gum infections.
Keep it for 20 minutes, which is enough time for the oil to be absorbed by the gums and kill bacteria and plaque, but insufficient for the body to reabsorb the toxins again.
Spit out the oil in the trash and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (you can use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
In the end, brush your teeth as usually, to remove all bacteria left.