Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling For Oral Hygiene

Once I dreamed I was talking to a beautiful woman on a bright sunny day, whipping my hair back behind my head like a stallion on a windy sand dune, my eyes shining like littlestars of love, when all of a sudden my teeth began falling out of my face! I shared this dream with others who announced I had a fear of death. This is true, death is indeed a frightening prospect, but to me the dream conveyed one thing: no teeth, no beautiful woman.

Throughout my life I have used a myriad of oral hygienic methods and materials including alcohol based mouthwash, mercury fillings, and toxic toothpastes. When I switched to a high-fruit, high-raw, 801010 vegan diet it became clear I needed to find some way of taking care of my teeth that would not harm my body. This is how I discovered oil-pulling.

Oil-pulling is the act of swishing the mouth with oil. It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice originating in the sub-continent of India thousands of years ago. It has been used to treat everything from headaches to eczema, asthma to chronic pain, bronchitis to acne. Using oil-pulling to treat ailments like these are still being reviewed, however, when it comes to oral health, studies have shown oil-pulling has astonishing effects!

Oil-pulling has been shown to whiten teeth, eliminate bad breath, and heal damaged and bleeding gums. Most importantly however, oil-pulling removes toxins and harmful bacteria from the tongue, teeth and gums, and creates a healthy oral environment.

“Put oil in my mouth?! I don’t wanna!” Screamed the toothless 40 year-old baby with no love life. Don’t worry! It is not as bad as it sounds. I am going to hold your hand and walk you through it.

How To Oil-Pull

First! Go to your local health food store and buy extra virgin, organic coconut oil (why coconut oil? Can’t I just use olive oil? Look down below for information about why coconut oil is the best oil for oil-pulling)

Second! In the morning, on an empty stomach, before drinking or eating, place approximately 1 tablespoon of oil into your mouth and begin to swish. I like to do a couple gargles as well but this takes practice, as initially you may want to gag! Swish for at least 10 minutes and up to 20.

Third! Spit out the oil. Do NOT swallow the oil! Rinse your mouth several times with water and brush.

That’s it! Congratulations! You just took the first step to a healthier mouth. Not convinced? Please read on.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

Oil pulling works by extracting toxins and harmful bacterial from the tongue, teeth and gums and preventing them from remaining in the mouth or re-entering the body when swallowed.

Why Oil Pull In The Morning?

It is ideal to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking. At night the body goes into a deep detox and regenerative state. During this time toxins are pushed out through the tongue and even the gums. In addition, the mouth limits saliva excretion when we sleep. Lack of saliva allows harmful bacteria to build up on the tongue, gums and teeth contributing to a host of oral issues, the most common of which is plaque.

Why Use Coconut Oil Over Sesame Oil Or Other Oils?

Historically, sesame oil has been used for oil-pulling. This is a good oil to use however coconut oil reigns supreme. In oil-pulling studies, coconut oil is the only oil found to stop the growth of streptococcus bacteria, the bacteria responsible for strep throat. Some oil will be absorbed into your body when oil-pulling. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are easy to digest and won’t get stored as fat. Most notably however, nearly %50 of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal properties.

My Experience

I have been oil pulling now almost daily for 45 days and I have brighter and whiter teeth! Which I love because when I smile through my beard it looks like there are pearls in a hairy clamshell. I have also noticed a reduction or near elimination of tarter. When I rub my tongue over my teeth they feel smooth. Most importantly I have noticed a reduction in gum and tooth sensitivity. This is very exciting because brushing at times was painful. I am excited to continue oil pulling and I really encourage you to start today. Keep me posted with your progress, questions and results. Don’t forget: no one wants to make out with you when your teeth are falling out! Oil-Pulling FTW

Original Article Published 9.21.2013