What Oil to Use in Oil Pulling?Sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil are the three commonly used oils in pulling. Among the three, Coconut Oil is the one mostly preferred by people due to its several benefits. Coconut oil is found to be effective in fighting against Streptococcus bacteria which is the primary cause of cavities, gingivitis and more. It also contains Lauric acid which is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.
How does it work?Oil pulling detoxifies the mouth by drawing the toxins out of your mouth. Most microorganisms present in our oral cavity consist of a single cell, which are coated with a lipid, fatty membrane. These single cells naturally adheres to the oil during oil pulling. That is why this method is an effective way of keeping your mouth clean and healthy.
- Oil pulling is preferred to be in first thing in the morning. Right after you get out of bed or before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
- First, put 1–2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth. Gently swish the oil between your teeth to avoid wearing out your jaw and cheeks.
- Then, swish for 15-20 minutes. This is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. Make sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil as it contains bacteria and plaques.
- Next, spit out the oil in the trash can. Do not spit in the sink. The oil gets thicker and can clog your sink.
- After that, rinse your mouth with warm water. You may use salt water which maybe more effective due to added antimicrobial properties.
- Finally, brush your teeth well to remove the remaining bacteria in your mouth.
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Coconut Oil Pulling TIPS:
- Do not gargle the oil. It is intended to be swished gently around your teeth and gums.
- Oil Pulling is not an acceptable replacement for brushing of the teeth. It is still recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day and visit your dentist regularly.
- Do not swallow the oil, as it already contains a lot toxins and bacteria. Spit out immediately after swishing for 20 minutes.
- Avoid using oil you are sensitive to. If you're allergic to coconut, you may use other alternative oils such as sesame or sunflower.
- Do not allow children under 5 years old to practice oil pulling. It is not recommended for them as they may frequently swallow the oil while performing oil pulling.