What is Oil Pulling and How Does it Work?
Oil pulling has been used for thousands of years as a part of Ayurvedic Practices that have been around for over 500 years.
It involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 10-20 minutes.
There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth and in our bodies. Some of these bacteria are the type that are good for the mouth and body where as others are not.
Certain bacteria can cause harm, such as Streptococcus Mutans, which is the main culprit behind plaque buildup, gingivitis and cavities.
Plaque is one of the bacteria in the mouth that creates a “biofilm” on the teeth.Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but if it gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems.
The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil.
Basically, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
The other bacteria is Streptococcus Mutans in the mouth and a key player in plaque buildup and tooth decay.
is caused by inflammation of the gums and happens
The immune system starts attacking the bacteria in the plaque. This is because the gums get inflamed due to Gingivitis
Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is in many cases (not all) caused by the smell of chemicals and gases produced by bacteria in the mouth.
Oil pulling is a simple and effective remedy to get your dental heath back to normal.
- Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
- Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.
- Always do oil pulling on an empty stomach for best results.
Personally I found the taste of coconut oil very pleasant to swish around in my mouth!