5 Benefits to Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is Better than Flossing
Did you know that it was not until the 1930’s that people started to regularly brush their teeth or floss? Recent studies have determined that flossing is not as beneficial as we had thought. In fact, brushing your teeth with name brand fluoride toothpaste and flossing is not what I recommend.
As I began to understand the way the mouth works and understand how microorganisms work with the body to keep it healthy, I saw the ancient practice of oil pulling to be one of the key factors in creating the best oral health.
Below you will find benefits to oil pulling and how to oil pull. You can still brush your teeth and floss when you have food stuck in your teeth, but what I want to encourage you to do is to be intentional about supporting your body, it’s functions and systems to staying or becoming healthy. The simple daily practice of oil pulling for 10 minutes a day will serve your body well!
5 Benefits to Oil pulling
1. Prevent tooth decay
Your mouth has what is called a “microbiome”. It is one of seven microbiome’s in the body. (nose, esophagus, lungs, skin, gut and genitals being the others) It is the collective group of microorganisms that help the body flourish. In fact you have more microorganisms than cells! You have good bugs, bad bugs and neutral bugs. You want to have all of them and they all play a role, but sometimes the bad bugs get too numerous and it disrupts the whole healthy system. Daily Oil pulling can help to clean out the overgrowth of bad bugs and give support to the good bugs.
2. Reduces bad breath
The out of balance environment of bacteria can cause chronic bad breath. You will experience that daily oil pulling will reduce, and at times eliminate, bad breath completely and leave your mouth in a balanced healthy condition! Some clients have only used oil pulling as a means for cleaning their mouth and have found that they never miss the toothpaste!
3. Gets rid of mouth and cold sores
Regular oil pulling will keep away mouth and cold sores on the inside of your mouth. It creates the right environment for the microbes to do their job, help with cellular function and create a protective layer that do not allow for certain microbes to thrive.
4. Reduces gum inflammation
The fatty chains in coconut oil is used as an anti-inflammatory support. If you have gum inflammation, regular oil pulling will help to bring a remarkable difference in the condition of your gums.
5. Reduces dry mouth and sore throats
Oil pulling will help work with the mouth to help sustain the right surface and ph for the mouth and to help the salivary glands to do their job well. Many times a sore throat is caused by a bacteria that is overgrown or not in its proper communal place. By caring for the mouth’s microbiome, you are also influencing what is being swallowed and helping to promote a healthy environment for the throat.
How to Oil Pull
Make oil pulling a habit in one month
In the morning while fixing your coffee or preparing for work, try oil pulling. Start simple with 1 tsp of coconut oil (or olive or sesame oil if allergic) in your mouth. Swish the oil slowly and easily over all of your teeth and throughout your mouth. After 2 minutes, spit the oil and contents into the trash. You do NOT want to swallow the oil. The oil is cleaning out your mouth and you want that to go in the trash, not in your throat and to the rest of the body. Continue this daily for 1 week.
If week 1 has been easy and formed a habit for you to keep going, then increase your oil to 2 tsp and swish up to 5-8 minutes. Discard the contents in the trash. Continue for another week.
If week 2 went well, then let’s try the 2 tsp again in the morning for 10 minutes. Discard contents in the trash and continue for another week.
If week 3 went well, increase your oil up to 1 TB. (If you have a smaller mouth, stick with 1/2 TB) Swish for 10 minutes and up to 20 minutes. If you have something to do while you are swishing, it is much easier to go the longer time. If you find week 4 to be difficult, go back to a smaller amount and time and then try again the next day.
Oil pulling can be done at any convenient time of the day. You can oil pull twice a day in place of brushing or along side of brushing. Taking small steps to support your mouth will give you long lasting benefits! This is safe for kids to try if they are able to swish without swallowing.
**If you are experiencing a chronic mouth disease, be sure to talk with a health professional to determine which oil is best for your mouth. Eating a clean nutrient dense diet along with plant foods is a vital component to oral health and must be considered alongside of oil pulling. Oil pulling while eating poorly may not have complete benefits listed above. See a health professional for more details. **