Oil pulling might’ve been a new term for you, but it’s been practiced by people since 3,000 years ago. Even before the toothbrush was invented (it was invented sometime in the 1930s), some people in certain countries practiced 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 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 using it. It contains medium chain fatty acids that may help heal infections and help you keep a healthier body, including teeth.
Some bacteria live in our mouths. Coconut oil pulling, according to research, can help reduce the number of these bacteria. This is because of the antibacterial properties in the medium-chain fatty acids, the 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 prevents 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. 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.
- Swish the oil gently in your mouth using 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil.
- Continue swishing for about 10-20 minutes, ensuring you won’t swallow any of the oil. The worst scenario is 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 to your water for rinsing.
- Then, for the last touch, brush your teeth as usual.
Some studies link oil pulling to help alleviate headaches, diabetes, eczema, and 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!