Oil pulling – what’s the deal? Well I’ll tell you the deal. You basically swish around oil in your mouth for improved dental health. But it’s so much more than that.
It has been practiced for a long time, by ancient people, who probably died of non-dental related issues and had gleaming gums that you could eat off of. By pulling oil regularly, it reduces toxins and plaque in your mouth while also safely whitening teeth.
Oil pulling is typically done with a vegetable-based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) and swished in the mouth for 20 minutes. After that, spit it out and rinse the mouth. Some people brush their teeth after to remove additional bacteria but I don’t. And if you can’t swish for 20 minutes, just start out slow and work your way up.
You’ll notice that within the 20 minutes, the volume of liquid will increase because of your saliva.
Try to swish so that the liquid is getting between the teeth too and not just around the teeth.
So what is the big deal with oil pulling? Well it’s great for oral hygiene, which is important to some people. It helps break down toxins and plaque in your mouth. Don’t believe me? Ask my dental hygienist and dentist. They both noticed that my gums were in the best shape they’ve ever been in and oil pulling has been part of my dental repertoire.
Also, having a healthy mouth is crucial for overall health. By swabbing your mouth, a doctor can tell a lot about a person’s health. It’s a source for infection to enter the body and into the bloodstream. Oral hygiene is also linked to heart health.
And gross teeth, gums, and breath are just nasty. No one wants to smell or look at it, so give your spouse, coworkers, friends, and basically everyone else in the world, a break from that stench. You’re an adult. No excuses.
My experience has only been with coconut oil. I haven’t tried others as I’ve liked the coconut oil results. One caution: do not spit it out into the sink unless you don’t care about clogged pipes. If you have a woman with long hair in your life (or you are one), you are very familiar with this. I spit into a small can and once it’s full, I toss into the garbage.
My Oil Pulling Technique
- Scoop 1-2 tsp of coconut oil and put in mouth
- Swish around mouth, in between teeth, and back to front for 20 minutes
- Spit into garbage, napkin, tossable container NOT in the drain
- Thoroughly rinse out mouth
It’s best to do it each morning, but do it whenever fits your schedule and try for daily. You’ll see the results yourself and so will your dentist, who will probably deny it’s due to oil pulling but hey, there is no money in preventative oral hygiene.