Ever heard of oil pulling? Do you know anyone who does oil pulling? Is it dangerous or useful? Well, the word ‘pulling’ indicates taking out all harmful toxins from your mouth. The trend of oil pulling is growing but the practice is centuries old. Thus, this article will guide you whether to try oil pulling or not.
How to do Oil Pulling?
Jessica T. Emery, a cosmetic dentist and proprietor of Chicago based Sugar Fix Dental Loft, notes that Ayurvedichealthcaretraditionsform the basis of oil pulling, which can be traced back to 3000 years. For oil pulling, you must swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about twenty minutes and eventually spit it out. You can use sunflower, sesame, or coconut oil as you like. Emery also suggests using Vitamin E oil as well as it is rich in anti-oxidants and helps in regenerating gum tissue.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Most of the so-called natural home remedies are a result of pseudo-science; however, oil pulling is scientifically proven to provide various health benefits such as preventing microorganisms to cause bad breath, protection against plaque and gingivitis, teeth whitening, and dry mouth. It pulls away all harmful contaminants, which are soluble in oil. Our mouth is mostly inhibited by single-celled microorganisms. Their cell membrane consists of lipid, which is a fat. Similarly, the oil used for pulling is also a fat. These fats adhere to each other and leave the mouth, says Emery.
Tips for Oil Pulling
Now that you are convinced about the benefits of oil pulling for our oral health, you must consider few tips for effective oil pulling.
Using Coconut Oil
Although sesame and sunflower oil will provide the same benefits of oil pulling as that by coconut oil, Emery recommends using coconut oil. This is because the coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has the tendency to fight against microbial agents. Research has also found lauric acid preventing tooth decay. Therefore, using coconut oil will result in more effective oil pulling. The best coconut oil is ‘Coconut Oil Swish’ by Lauren Naturals.
Starting with Smaller Pulls
Twenty minutes may seem a long time and tiring for a lot of people. Therefore, start with five minutes a day. Do not make it hard on your jaws. If your jaws twinge while squishing, then squelch slowly. Although twenty minutes a day will result in more bacteria removal, five minutes in the beginning will also suffice. The longer the pull, the better the gums.
Taking Small Amounts
Another important tip is to take in a small amount of oil for proper squishing. Having too little or too much will be unproductive. Don’t swallow the oil. Reduce the amount of oil intake and try again. Also, spiting oil in the sink will be a bad idea as it might lead to clogging of pipes. Use a trash can for this purpose.
Oil pulling should be considered as a supplemental dental care, not the primary one. The regular brushing and flossing should be carried on as before.