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How Oil Pulling Will Whiten Your Teeth & Transform Your Dental Health
It may sound unbelievable, but with few exceptions, all disease starts in the mouth.
Oil pulling is one of the simplest, yet one of the most powerful, most effective methods of detoxification and healing in natural medicine.
The science behind oil pulling is fully documented with references to medical studies and case histories.
Oil pulling was a technique practiced in Ayurvedic medicine of India and had been used for generations.
Ayurvedic practitioners discovered that washing the mouth with oil not only cleanses the mouth but restores health to the body.
The oil itself doesn’t do the healing; it is body that does that. All the oil does is provide a way for the body to heal itself.
How oil pulling works?
Oil pulling works by removing disease-causing microorganisms and toxins in the mouth that cause ill health.
As you swish the oil around your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as through they are being drawn to a powerful magnet.
Bacteria are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution.
The longer you push and pull the oil though your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free.
After 20 minutes the solution is filled with bacteria, viruses and other organisms.
This is why you want to spit it out rather than swallow it. You don’t want that in your stomach.
If you accidentally swallow a portion while you are pulling, don’t worry-it won’t kill you-but avoid it if possible.
There are countless testimonies on the effectiveness of oil pulling in:
- Whitening teeth
- Removing plaque
- Relieving inflammation and infection from gums
- Dental cavities – Oil pulling reduced counts of Streptococcus mutans bacteria – a significant contributor to tooth decay
- Bed breath
- Improving the overall health of the mouth
That alone makes it worthwhile. But oil pulling has the potential to help with just about any illness or chronic condition:
- Skin problems
- Digestive issues
- Joint pain/Arthritis
- Sinus infections
- and more…
What oil is best for pulling?
Never use genetically modified oil (GMO). Many oils today, even olive oils, are fakes. They are synthetic combinations of anything from rapeseed oil (canola) to pesticide-laden sunflower oil. Make sure you buy organic coconut oil or sesame oil.
I personally prefer to use coconut oil. The reason for my choice is that I want to use a healthy oil, and coconut oil is by far healthier than other oils.
Besides coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-viral activity that makes it especially well suited for oral health.
In fact, coconut oil mixed with baking soda makes for a very simple and inexpensive, yet effective, toothpaste. Here is natural toothpaste recipe with coconut oil.
Research suggests that coconut oil may be a valuable tool for fighting tooth decay.
This is interesting because the Pacific Islanders never brushed their teeth, never flossed, never used antibacterial mouthwash and never saw dentist, yet they had exquisite dental health, that is, as long as they continued to eat their traditional, coconut-based diet. The islanders good dental health was a reflection of the absence of heart disease and other degenerative conditions.
OIL PULLING STEP-BY-STEP
1. Gently swish 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 5-20 minutes making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil. It seems that the longer you pull, the more effective it is. Do this gently so you don’t wear out your jaw and cheeks.
2. Spit out the oil in the trash. Do not spit into the sink or toilet, over time it could clog the drain.
3. After spitting, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove any residual oil.
4. Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
Sometimes mucous may form in the back of your throat as you are pulling. You don’t want to choke. If needed, spit out the oil and clear your throat of mucous. Get another mouthful of oil and continue. You don’t need to start all over, go until you have done a total of about 20 minutes.
The best time to do oil pulling is in the morning before eating breakfast, but it can be done at any time. The bacterial population in your mouth is at the highest level in the morning.
For best results, do oil pulling daily (or even twice a day).
Dr. Bruce Fife (2008) Oil Pulling Therapy. Colorado Springs, CO, USA: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.
Dr. Bruce Fife (2004) Coconut Oil Miracle. New York, USA: Avery
Studies About Oil Pulling:
S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar
TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF). African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)
HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis. Journal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007; 1(1):Pages 12-18
S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)
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