Oil pulling might’ve been a new term for you, but it’s been practiced by people since 3,000 years ago. Even before toothbrush was invented (it was invented sometime in the 1930s), some people in certain countries practice oil pulling to keep their teeth healthy.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that started in India.
It works by swishing an essential oil for several minutes in your mouth. It was first introduced to the western countries in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach. Some people use sesame oil, sunflower oil, and other oils. But the most acclaimed organic oil is none other than coconut oil.
Why Coconut Oil?
Aside from coconut oil’s fame, its effectiveness is evident to those who’ve been using it. It contains medium chain fatty acids that may help heal infections and help you keep a healthier body, and that includes teeth.
Some bacteria live in our mouth. Coconut oil pulling, according to research, can help reduce the number of these bacteria. This is because of the antibacterial properties present in the medium chain fatty acids, especially lauric acid found in coconut oil.
Coconut oil pulling doesn’t contain any chemical and foaming agent, so it’s not harsh to use. It’s also cheaper compared to commercial toothpaste.
Here are other things that coconut oil can do for your oral care if you use it for oil pulling:
- It helps whiten teeth.
- It helps in preventing tooth decay.
- It helps eliminate bad breath.
- It helps strengthen gums and teeth.
- It helps lessen tooth sensitivity.
- It helps treat gingivitis and prevent it from occurring by discouraging plaque buildup.
How to Oil Pull with Coconut Oil?
It’s best to practice oil pulling right after you wake up in the morning. Make sure you haven’t brushed your teeth or drank anything. It’s recommended to do oil pulling 3-4 times a week. You may also optionally add other essential oils with coconut oil.
- Using 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil, swish the oil gently in your mouth.
- Continue swishing for about 10-20 minutes, making sure you won’t swallow any of the oil. Worst scenario if you swallow the oil. It may contain bacteria from your mouth.
- Spit it in a trash can or anywhere else other than your sink since it may get clogged.
- Rinse with warm water. You can add a pinch of salt in your water for rinsing.
- Then, for the last touch, brush your teeth as usual.
Some studies are linking oil pulling to help alleviate headaches, diabetes, eczema, heart, and kidney disease. Though it’s yet to be proven, some people are still trying it for the benefit of the doubt.
Coconut oil pulling is a healthy addition to your routine in maintaining oral care. However, don’t forget always to brush your teeth. This practice enhances your usual dental care.
Keep flashing a pearly white smile with coconut oil through the oil pulling practice!