Research show that ancient Eqyptians had strong and healthy teeth. They didn’t suffer much from cavities, or any other mouth ailment. Obviously a reason may be because they didn’t consume sugars and processed grains. They did however use chew sticks and they oil pulled.
Oil pulling is a traditional practice in Ayurvedic medicine but is becoming a really popular modern practice specifically for its detoxification properties, removing bacteria, promoting healthy teeth and gums, and even strengthening immunity.
Oil pulling cleanses the oral cavity by literally pulling toxins out of the mouth. Teeth plaque gets out of hand can lead to bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. As you oil pull, the bacteria get’s stuck in the oil that will swish out of the mouth.
Other benefits of oil pulling:
- Helps get rid of tooth decay
- Kills bad breath
- Stops bleeding gums
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents heart disease
- Prevents cavities
- Whitens teeth
- Strengthens immunity
- Improves acne
- Strengthens acne and jaw
Most people use either sesame or coconut oil to pull with. I prefer using coconut oil because it has antibacterial properties and it’s easier to work with, plus it tastes better.
Here’s how you do it:
- Put about 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth. You can start with less and then increase as you get more used to it.
- Swish it around for 10-20 minutes gently or as vigorously as you’d like.
- Once you’re done, spit it out in the trash can. Don’t spit it in the sink as it will harden again and can cause the sink to clog. (And remember, it’s toxic bacteria that you don’t want floating back up).
- Try really hard not to swallow it since it is crazy gross and toxic.
- Using a tongue scraper after helps to remove any film of bacteria from your tongue. Wash and keep the tongue scraper in a glass of hydrogen peroxide after each use.
- Best to oil pull is before breakfast on an empty stomach or an hour after drinking beverages. I typically do it once in the morning but if I were to do it at night, I would oil pull at least two hours after eating, just to be on the good side.
- Some folks like to add essential oils to flavor their coconut oil, like orange or grapefruit essential oils.
It’s recommended to oil pull at least three times a week. Obviously, the more often you do it the better, but you know how it goes.