Prevent Disease With a Clean Mouth
Heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and inflammation can all tie back to our oral health.
If you have or have had dental problems, you may brush and floss twice daily already. If so, then that’s excellent! If not, and you’re a busy person on the go, you may be lucky to remember to floss at night or a few times weekly? If that is your routine, we need to step up your oral health game, and there is a simple solution.
Grease Your Teeth
Yes, you got it right. Oil-pulling is the act of pulling out toxins and bacteria from the teeth and gums. It is all done by using coconut or sesame oil. Coconut oil is often used as it contains anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. Sesame oil works as well.
The practice is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that also improves total body health.
Before brushing, this practice helps whiten teeth, detoxify your body, and prevent cavities. One study found that after just 14 days, oil pulling was just as effective as mouthwash at curing halitosis. Sounds like an easy solution!
**Note: when you swish your mouth with this oil you also want to dispose of it into a tissue and the trash as oil can clog drains.
How Oil-Pulling Works
Over time, oil-pulling shows a reduction of plaque in the mouth. It gets rid of the streptococcus virus that leads to tooth decay. A study done on adolescents showed a reduction of bacteria count in plaque and saliva.
It whitens teeth with the swishing motion, in an emulsification process. The scrubbing of the teeth is what makes whitening happen in due time. It may not look like a complete bleaching effect but it does make a difference.
Banish bad breath when you practice oil-pulling. It works as well as mouthwash.
Dental work can cause toxins to be released into our bloodstream. This has shown with mercury fillings, root canals, and other dental work. Oil-pulling can help remove toxins that cause inflammation, disease, and infection. Mercury filling removal is something to discuss with your dentist.
How Do I Practice Oil Pulling?
Start with 1-2 tablespoons. If a tablespoon seems like too much, then start with ½ a tablespoon. Coconut oil will melt in your mouth, while sesame oil is a liquid from the beginning.
Swish it as you would mouthwash, covering all areas of your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes. It is best to do it before you brush your teeth. It is best not to gargle with it after it liquifies, or let it hit the back of your throat.
Spit out the oil into the trash (using a bag or a tissue) to stay hygienic and keep your plumbing intact.
Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as usual.
The benefits are worth giving it a try even though it may seem odd or like a bit woo-woo.
*Note: this is not an alternative for proper dental care, but an added tool to promote oral health. The benefits can outweigh regular alcohol-based mouthwash. While anecdotal evidence shows it can help with arthritis, acne, headaches, and hormonal problems.
Plus, benefiting from reduced dental bills alone makes it worth trying out!