Oil pulling is an effective way to kill some forms of mouth bacteria, including bacteria associated with bad breath and gingivitis. Studies show that oil pulling helps guard against bad breath, plaque, gingivitis, and even may help prevent eczema breakouts. Many people swear the difference in their smile is like night and day when comparing the effects of oil pulling before and after.
It’s a good thing for anyone who wants to pay attention to their oral hygiene, and oil pulling does not harm your teeth. Microorganisms in your mouth consist of a single cell, and the cells are covered with a fatty or lipid, membrane.
When these microorganisms come into contact with the oil, they will naturally adhere to each other.Oil pulling removes bacteria from the teeth with much less friction, and its possible oil residue may block pores in the dentin, covering nerve endings that reduce sensitivity.
Here are the benefits Reasons of Oil Pulling
1. Help your heart health
Oral health is correlated with heart health and if you are actually having periodontal disease your chance of heart disease is very high.
2. Whitens teeth
“the oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brightens and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white.”
3. Detoxes the body
“the gateway to the body for such contamination (caused by bacteria) is the mouth. Therefore, in removing the toxins at the source before they get a chance to spread, the body undergoes a complete detox.”
4. Aids hormonal changes
“without having to compete with foreign substances, hormones can behave as they should, functioning to their best ability without being thrown off balance.”
5. Reduces headaches
“when the body is under toxic stress, headaches and migraines occur. By eliminating bacteria from the body via oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.”
6. Keeps the skin clear
“removing toxins from the body that would otherwise make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine (along with more jlo bling perhaps?). Rashes and skin issues often reduce dramatically, or even clear up completely.”
7. Promotes oral hygiene
“Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis.”
8. Increases energy
“removing the noxious culprits (bacteria) in the first instance by oil pulling lowers the amount of work our body has to do to function, which leaves us feeling a whole lot better.”
9. Reduce cellulite
Coconut oil boosts up the fat burning process in the body naturally and thereby burns the cellulite.
10. Can help improve digestion
Oil pulling allows time for the digestive enzymes in the mouth to break down the oil and fully activate it.
How to Do Oil Pulling
– Measure 1 to 2 teaspoons of the oil and put it into your mouth. My preference is 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil brushing blend into the mix. Let the oil melt in your mouth before swishing it around your mouth and teeth.
– Continue swishing for about 20 minutes, because this is how long it takes to break down the plaque and bacteria, but not so long as to allow your body to re-absorb the toxins and bacteria. The oil will become thicker as it mixes with your saliva, and will turn a milky white before you spit it out.
– After 20 minutes, spit the oil into a trash can. You’ll not want to use the sink, because like all oil, the spent oil could clog the drain. Try not to swallow any of the oil, it’s not good for you to consume.
– Rinse with warm water a few times to remove any leftover oil residue from your mouth.
– Follow up by brushing your teeth to make sure any remaining residue is removed from your teeth.
Tips to Follow
Use coconut oil:
Even though you can get the same benefits with sunflower or sesame oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of lauric acid, which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents. Coconut oil may also help prevent tooth decay, making it more effective.
Don’t work too hard swishing
Start off with just 5 minutes a day and work your way up to 20 minutes a day. A gentle pushing, swishing, and sucking through the teeth is all that’s required.
Do not swallow
If you find yourself swallowing some of the oil, spit it out and try using a smaller amount.
Do not skip brushing and flossing
Oil pulling should never replace the traditional home oral care, and because it doesn’t reverse the effects of tooth decay, you should continue all routine dental visits
Sunflower and coconut oil aren’t the only oils with dental health benefits. Try rubbing some vitamin E oil on the surface of irritated and inflamed gums. It’s easily absorbed, rich in antioxidants, and helps maintain healthy gum tissue.