You know that smooth, clean feeling you get when you swipe your tongue across your teeth after a dental cleaning? Wouldn’t it be nice for them to feel that way everyday without torturing them with your toothbrush?
Well, there is! And it is actually a technique that has been around for thousands of years: Oil Pulling.
Oil Pulling originated in India as an Ayurvedic practice for natural healing and it has made a comeback in the past couple of years. Oil Pulling is when you take oil and you swish it around (pull it through) your mouth, basically think of the oil as your everyday mouth wash, except it is natural, contains no alcohol and has many health benefits.
Some of these benefits include helping with:
Moistening of the Mouth, Lips & Throat
By swishing oil around in your mouth, the oil is getting a chance to stick to stubborn bacteria and fungus that could be inhabiting your teeth. In doing this, Oil Pulling can alleviate inflammation, congestion & allergies, plus your teeth feel post dental cleaning smooth and clean.
How to Oil Pull:
Measure 1-2 tablespoons of oil and put it in your mouth (I prefer coconut oil, but can be sesame, or sunflower; for best results, use organic/highest quality possible).
Swish. This swishing is the pulling of the oil around your mouth and between your teeth. Start with 5 minutes (your jaw will probably get sore the first couple times) and work your way up to 20 minutes, yes, this is possible.
Be careful not to swallow the oil since it will contain toxins and bacteria from your mouth. Also, be careful if you have sealants that are older, as it could loosen them/take them out.
When your swishing time is up, spit out the liquid oil in the garbage as the oil can clog your pipes.
Rinse your mouth out with salt water or water with a little apple cider vinegar to make sure the oil is completely out of your mouth.
Then thoroughly brush your teeth to kill any remaining bacteria bits.
Voilà! Check out your clean, healthy, pearly white smile and give yourself a high five for some self care love!
(The most optimal time to oil pull is in the morning, but it can be done anytime during the day as long as you have your oil and tooth brush handy.)
If those simple steps and the health benefits aren’t enough to sway you, here is an added bonus: Oil pulling can help increase the pearly whiteness of your teeth if done regularly enough.
So, why not give it a try? It is a relatively simple, inexpensive and an effective self-care measure that helps keep your mouth in tip top shape with a smile to back it up.