Improving dental health with the use of oil pulling is not a 21st century concept, although it has recently gained much popularity as many people are wondering how to keep teeth healthy naturally.
It’s said that the practice of oil pulling began between 3000 and 5000 years ago. However, the question remains; what is oil pulling and how does it contribute to our overall oral hygiene?
Oil pulling for oral hygiene is the process of swirling around oil in the mouth like you would do with a standard mouthwash, usually for at least 15 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning.
The most commonly used oil for this practice is coconut oil and this is because it’s said to contain high levels of antimicrobial properties.
The mouth contains many types of good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria are what cause plaque build-up which ultimately leads to other dental health issues including gum disease, cavities and bad breath.
Studies show that oil pulling significantly reduces the number of bacteria known as Streptococcus Mutans; the main contributor to dental health issues.
Another study in children showed that oil pulling with coconut oil was as effective as your average chlorhexidine mouthwash, making it a great alcohol-free alternative.
Most dental health issues are caused by an excess of bad bacteria in the mouth. Because coconut oil has significant antimicrobial properties, oil pulling has shown to dramatically decrease the presence of unwanted bacteria in the mouth.
Therefore, the following are potential benefits of using coconut oil as part of your daily oral hygiene routine:
There are 3 simple steps to oil pulling:
Because oil can block your drain pipes, it’s best to spit the oil into a piece of toilet paper before throwing it into your dustbin.
To prevent your facial muscles from getting tired, avoid using too much force as a gentle swirl is all that’s required. Should you still experience painful or tired facial muscles, try using less oil next time.
It’s said that the best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth.
An easy way to incorporate this practice is to do it while showering, or getting ready in the morning.
There are many methods for improving dental health and oil pulling is a good alternative to using standard mouthwashes for anyone who wants to avoid using products containing alcohol.
Because there are no known, serious side effects of oil pulling, there is no harm in using it as a natural way to improve dental health.
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