Oil pulling is an ancient Indian practice. This requires you to put one tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then you swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Then you spit it the oil out. This will flush bacteria out of your mouth Your mouth contains up to 500 different kinds of bacteria. Some are good for you and some are not. It’s the harmful bacteria that is responsible for the thin sticky and colourless layer on your teeth better known as plaque.
The plaque will usually accumulate at the gum line. Which will allow a lot more bacteria to grow in the area between your gum and your teeth? The toxins that these bacteria produce will aggravate your gum causing it to swell and bleed this is a condition known as gingivitis.
Oil pulling process – how to do it?
The oil pulling process will help to combat these nasty bacteria. The Indians traditionally used sunflower or sesame oil. But oil pulling will work with pretty much any oil. The reason I use organic virgin coconut oil is because of the high level of lauric acid that it contains. Lauric acid has been confirmed to have anti-fungal, antiviral, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. And the taste and smell are a lot more pleasant compared with other oils.
With oil pulling the oil is swished around your mouth, the oil gets deep into all the hard to reach places flushing out the bacteria and loosening the plaque build up on your teeth. This will make brushing a lot more effective for getting rid of plaque, letting to whiter teeth. Make sure you swish for the full 20 minutes because this allows the oil the time to flush out as much bacteria as possible. Oil pulling will help kill bacteria that cause gum diseases. Gum disease is responsible for bad breath, receding gum line and eventually loss of teeth.
There is around 75% of Americans that have gum disease but don’t know that they have it. This is because the symptoms are very mild. Your gums will slowly separate from your teeth without you noticing it, the tooth will start loosening, and before you know it that tooth can’t be saved and will need to be extracted.
Benefits of oil pulling
The benefits of oil pulling are not only isolated to your mouth and gum. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis not only affects your gum and teeth it will affect the rest of your body as well. The toxin from these harmful bacteria will get into your bloodstream from your mouth spreading throughout your body.
These bacteria can also get into your body by you just swallowing your saliva. And you swallow hundreds of times daily. That is a lot of bacteria getting into your body. This will lead to other health issues like headaches, ulcers, intestinal diseases, heart diseases, kidney diseases, diabetes, lung diseases, liver diseases, bronchitis, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, respiratory illness and more.
So by killing the harmful bacteria that reside in your mouth and gum. You will stop them and the toxins that they produce from spreading throughout your body. And you will notice and improvement to your general health. And your oral health. If you suffer from gum disease I recommend adding this to your oral care routine. You should start to notice an improvement to your gums and teeth after a week. But anyone can add this to their oral care routine. Because the benefit is immense. Do not use oil pulling as a substitute for brushing.