You may have heard about oil pulling when researching natural, chemical-free methods for caring for your teeth, mouth, and gums. Even if you haven’t heard of it before, it’s something that may be of interest to you. It’s not like it’s a new fad either; oil pulling has been around for literally thousands of years. It’s an ancient Ayurvedic natural healing technique that essentially involves swishing one tablespoon of cold-pressed oil for 20 minutes every morning. It may sound unusual, but if it’s lasted as long as it has, it’s got to be doing something right.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
The ancient saying claims that the oil in your mouth works to pull the negative toxins out of your body, therefore cleansing your entire system. That’s all well and good for the sake of tradition, but how exactly does oil pulling work to cleanse, and even whiten, your teeth? To understand how it works, it’s important to know more about the accumulation of plaque in your mouth. Eating and drinking causes plaque to accumulate and form along the base of your teeth, which causes little pockets of plaque to form under your gums. Not surprisingly, these pockets begin to host harmful bacteria in your mouth. Over time, the bacteria will begin to produce toxins that irritate and inflame your gums. Sometimes, bleeding occurs as well. Every time you swallow, your immune system becomes inundated with a higher amount of harmful bacteria than it is used to fighting off normally.
Thankfully, the natural texture of oil, and the duration of swishing it in your mouth on a regular basis, works to successfully combat this negative and harmful bacteria. The viscous, somewhat sticky chemical makeup of the oil allows it to spread and seep into every nook and cranny in your mouth that may be hosting a bacteria party. Since tooth brushes bristles can’t reach these areas, and toothpaste is too runny to stick to your gums, oil is really your best bet. Not even mouthwash has the same viscous characteristics that oil has. The swishing motion, meanwhile, pulls the oil out of each nook and cranny, and it takes the bacteria with it. Oil pulling is the most effective way to reach and dislodge the harmful bacteria that is more than likely residing in your mouth right now. Every morning, swish one tablespoon of virgin cold-pressed coconut, sesame, or olive oil for twenty minutes (you can make breakfast and get dressed while doing this). Spit it out, then brush your teeth and continue on with your day.
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