Oil pulling is a relatively new trend in oral hygiene, but it has quickly become a very popular topic. The act of oil pulling has actually been around for 3000 years when it was developed in Ayurvedic medicine for cleaning and detoxifying teeth and gums. It’s very important to note that while oil pulling can have benefits on your oral hygiene, it should never replace your traditional oral care or routine dental visits.
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is simply swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20-30 minutes to pull out bacteria. When you move the oil around your mouth for a long period of time, the oil acts a magnet to pick up microbes from your teeth and gums. Even bacteria hiding under crevices and pores within the teeth are drawn out and become stuck in the oil.
What Type Of Oil Should I Use?
While any oil can be used, olive and coconut oil are recommended by most dentists. This is because other oils like sesame and sunflower oil have omega 6 fats that are pro-inflammatory, while olive and coconut oil are anti-inflammatory. Also, half of the fat in coconut oil is made up of lauric acid, which prevents the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay.
When and How?
Oil pulling is most effective in the morning before you drink or eat anything. It is easy to do while getting ready for the day, and most people opt to oil pull while showering or reading the news. After swishing the oil around your mouth and between your teeth for at least 15 minutes, remember to spit into the trash can. The oil gets thicker over time with bacteria and saliva and can clog drains, and should never be swallowed.
Oil Pulling Myths
When used daily, oil pulling can have many benefits including decreasing bad breath, removing teeth staining and reducing bacteria in the mouth. However, there are many false claims circling around the internet about the trend. Some have suggested that oil pulling helps with diabetes, migraines, arthritis, eczema, migraines or asthma, but there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
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