Oil Pulling 101: Ready to Try it?
It's important to stay on top of every area of your overall health, and that includes, and sometimes starts with, those pearly whites. One thing you can do to help give your mouth the best possible care is start an oil pulling routine.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an alternative practice where you swish oil around your mouth for 5-20 minutes. Sound weird? I get it. I was a little hesitant when I first heard about it too. But, after I was told I had a mild case of gingivitis and it gave me so much relief and whiter teeth, I was all about it.
These are not just my findings. There are many studies done by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that have found oil pulling can:
Improve oral hygiene
Reduce gingivitis & Halitosis
Decreases bacteria in the mouth
Strengths teeth and jaw muscles
May improve overall health
Improves symptoms of oral thrush
Can even help tissue regeneration
If done right and regularly, oil pulling can make a world of difference for your oral health.
How Do You Start?
A quick run-through:
1. Get some organic, quality coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil. One tablespoon will do the trick. I like to use coconut, or this brand in the cinnamon flavor.
2. Start first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth or eating.
3. Swish the oil in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes (you can even start with 5 at first), taking breaks if your jaw gets tired. DO NOT SWALLOW. It traps a lot of bacteria and you don't want any of it.
4. Make sure to spit it out in a garbage or toilet since it WILL clog your sink.
5. Rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth after.
Try to do it a few times a week. If you have an issue you're trying to resolve, try 3-5 times a week for best results.
This doesn't replace brushing or flossing, so keep doing those things in addition to this if you'd like. Also, if you have any loose fillings, etc., make sure to proceed with caution. If your fillings are secure, you shouldn't have any issues.