Blogged about oil pulling numerous years earlier, well before it got mainstream attention in the news and on fashion blogs.
I figured that lightening my teeth with charcoal would be my most controversial oral health routine, however some current argument in the comments on an oil pulling post has actually encouraged me otherwise.
What is Oil Pulling?
Coconut oil pulling is among the best ways to get rid of bacteria and promote healthy teeth and gums! It has actually taken rather some time, but oil pulling has finally acquired some appeal in the United States.
Used mostly in natural medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxing procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
Oil pulling works by cleansing (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar manner in which soap cleans up dirty meals. It actually draws the dirt (contaminants) out of your mouth and develops a clean, antibacterial oral environment that adds to the appropriate circulation of dental liquid that is had to prevent cavities and disease.
This amazingly effective procedure has been used for centuries as a standard remedy to:
- Remedies tooth decay.
- Eliminates bad breath.
- Heals bleeding gums.
- Avoids heart disease.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Whitens teeth.
- Relieves throat dryness.
- Prevents cavities.
- Heals broke lips.
- Improves Immune System.
- Enhances acne.
- Enhances gums and jaw.
As explained in a past post:
Oil pulling is an olden remedy that uses natural substances to tidy and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the extra result of bleaching teeth naturally and evidence even reveals that it is useful in enhancing gums and removing harmful bacteria!
The fundamental concept is that oil is swished in the mouth for a brief time each day which this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” uses, as oil has the ability to cut through plaque and eliminate toxic substances without disturbing the teeth or gums.
Essentially, oil pulling is just using a high quality natural oil as a mouthwash to assist cleanse the mouth. Actually, it could be called “oil-swishing” as the word “pulling” can be complicated however it refers to the idea that the oil is pulling bacteria from the gums.
The oils that must be used for oil pulling are food grade and can also be consumed. Regardless of the fact that the oils can be taken in, some individuals get actually upset about the concept of oil pulling and it has been a source of debate in the media (isn’t whatever a source of controversy in the media nowadays?)
Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling?
When oil pulling, the oils (specifically oils with naturally antibacterial properties) bind to the biofilm, or plaque, on the teeth and reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth. Streptococcus Mutans is among the bacteria that is popular in the mouth and it has been studied for its role in dental caries and gum disease.
Oil pulling has actually been shown to reduce the number of Streptococcus Mutans bacteria in the mouth, especially when finished with coconut oil.
Some sources claim that coconut oil pulling can help everything from acne to sore throats as well as heart disease, though I’ve never seen any clinical documents of these claims. It is popular that excellent oral health practices can benefit the body in other ways, so it certainly may be helpful as part of a great oral health regimen. I definitely wouldn’t rely on oil pulling alone as a method to deal with any internal or serious medical issue, however I do discover it valuable for keeping my mouth healthy and preventing bad breath.
Coconut Oil Pulling Cautions
It is also essential to use oil pulling as part of an extensive oral health program and not to use it as a replacement for regular oral health and teeth brushing. One dental practitioner was doubtful of a number of the claims about coconut oil pulling having the ability to benefit the body internally, however stated she considered it a safe option to mouthwash and didn’t see an issue with the practice when used in mix with other excellent dental hygiene approaches.
Crucial Note: Some individuals report unfavorable responses to using coconut oil for oil pulling. Those with any type of topical or internal reaction to coconut in any kind, need to not use it for oil pulling or in any other method. In these cases, sesame oil would be a much better option. As with this or any oral product, it is very important to consult a dental practitioner about any concerns or prior to using, specifically if other dental conditions exist.
What Type of Oil?
Standard cultures use sesame or sunflower oil for oil pulling however I personally prefer to use coconut oil for a number of factors.Coconut oil is effective in attacking Streptococcus Mutans bacteria which causes cavities. It is abundant in medium chain triglycerides and high in lauric acid.
Coconut oil has lots of uses, and we already have it in every room of your home given that we use it in tooth paste, deodorant, in cooking as well as a coffee creamer.In experience, coconut oil pulling is more effective at eliminating plaque and lightening teeth than sesame oil, although I don’t have any scientific research studies that prove the difference.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling
- Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth. I likewise pour a few drops of Brushing Blend or Essential Oil into the mix. (Just make sure any necessary oil is safe to use in the mouth).
- Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is crucial, inning accordance with Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria however not long enough that the body begins re-absorbing the contaminants and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it blended with saliva during this time and it ought to be creamy-white when spit out.
- Spit oil into the wastebasket. Specifically if you have a septic tank like I do … do not spit into the sink! Do not swallow the oil as it is ideally full of bacteria and plaque that are now not in the mouth!
- Rinse well with warm water. Warm water appears to clean up the mouth better (my opinion). Occasionally, I swish with seawater which appears more reliable however is likewise more work.
- Brush well. I choose to brush with Brushing Blend or homemade toothpaste to make sure any staying bacteria is gotten rid of.
Note: At the recommendation of a good friend, I’ve also explore using MCT oil in place of coconut oil. MCT oil is an excellent alternative for those who do not like the taste of coconut oil but still want the advantages. It is more expensive but I truly like the combination of MCT oil and important oils for oil pulling.
Try Coconut Oil Pulling Chews
Since writing this post, I’ve discovered a method to streamline oil pulling with coconut oil by making tiny coconut oil chews that melt in the mouth. Pre-making these with important oils and freezing them is an easy method to have pre-portioned bites for oil pulling and has actually likewise made it simpler for me to obtain my spouse and kids to try it.
Have you ever used coconut oil for oil pulling? How did you like it? Share below!