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Discover the natural secret to a brighter, healthier smile with coconut oil.

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Are you an adult with no dental or health insurance yet still feel the God given right to properly take care of your wellbeing? Yeah, me too! Over 76 million Americans like myself at the time live without the proper support from our government. No wonder the search for natural remedies are at its peak. At a time when its either health insurance or a utility bill its more than likely going to be the lights over a teeth whitening. But does that mean we are not worthy of good hygiene?! Absolutely NOT and I will show you how for less than a quarter tank of gas.



Taking good care of your gums, teeth and breath are essential. Your oral cavity is basically a window to your inner health. There is an ancient Ayurvedic practice called oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic oral health practice that involves swishing oil in the mouth for a specific duration, usually around 15-20 minutes, and then spitting it out. The practice of oil pulling is believed to have originated in India thousands of years ago as part of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic healing system that focuses on balancing the body, mind, and spirit to achieve overall well-being. Oil pulling was primarily used to improve oral hygiene and promote oral health, but it was also thought to have detoxifying and healing effects on the body.

According to Ayurvedic beliefs, oil pulling helps remove toxins and harmful bacteria from the mouth, which may contribute to better oral health and overall health.


According to the National Library of Medicine “Ayurveda hypothesizes that tongue is connected to various organs such as kidneys, heart, lungs, small intestine, spine, etc. Oil pulling is believed to help in the excretion of toxic heavy metals by saliva. Oil pulling activates salivary enzymes which absorb toxins such as chemical toxins, bacterial toxins and environmental toxins from the blood and removed from the body through the tongue.9, 16, 18, 19 Thus oil pulling detoxifies and purifies the entire human body.”16

 

Big Time Benefits of Oil Pulling

  1. Oil pulling is thought to help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, which leads to improved oral hygiene, fresher breath, and healthier gums.

  2. Plaque building bacteria responsible for dental caries, gingivitis, periodontitis and bad breath are removed from the oral cavity.

  3. Gums become pink, healthier and problem of bleeding gums is solved.

  4. Teeth Whitening: Some people claim that oil pulling can help whiten teeth by removing surface stains.

  5. Detoxification: According to Ayurvedic beliefs, oil pulling aids in detoxifying the body by pulling toxins from the oral cavity.

  6. Reduced Bad Breath: By reducing the population of harmful bacteria in the mouth, oil pulling contributes to fresher breath.

  7. Teeth become whiter; breath becomes fresher & helps to reduce tooth pain

  8. Relieving Oral Conditions: oil pulling could help with various oral conditions like dry mouth, dry throat, canker sores, and even jaw pain.

How to Oil Pull


  1. Choose the Right Oil: Select a high-quality oil suitable for oil pulling. Coconut oil is a popular choice due to its pleasant taste and potential antimicrobial properties, but you can also use sesame oil, sunflower oil, or olive oil.

  2. Start with a Clean Mouth: Oil pulling is most effective when done on an empty stomach or at least a few hours after eating. Begin by brushing and flossing your teeth to ensure your mouth is clean before starting.

  3. Measure the Oil: Take about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the chosen oil and put it in your mouth. If it's solid (as coconut oil might be at room temperature), it will melt quickly once in your mouth.

  4. Swish the Oil: Gently swish the oil around your mouth without swallowing it. Move it back and forth between your teeth, around your gums, and all over your mouth. The ideal duration for oil pulling is typically 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Be Gentle: Avoid vigorous swishing to prevent jaw fatigue or unintentional swallowing of the oil.

  6. Spit Out the Oil: After the recommended time has passed, spit out the oil into a trash can or disposable bag, not the sink, as it may clog the drain. Do not swallow the oil, as it may contain harmful bacteria and toxins from your mouth.

  7. Rinse and Brush: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to remove any remaining oil, and then brush your teeth as usual.

  8. Clean Your Mouthwash Cup/Sink: Rinse the cup or sink immediately to remove any oil residue.

  9. Frequency: For best results, consider incorporating oil pulling into your daily routine, ideally in the morning before eating or drinking anything.



Personally


Confidence and oral health go hand and hand. When we are confident in our smile and the way our breath smells in close-knit conversations we tend to be more .... Oil pulling has changed my life. Whitening my teeth, naturally freshening my breath without the intense methol and most importantly helping rid the body of mucus. The oil pulls mucus from various areas of the body such as the throat, head and gut.



Oils to pull with


Organic oils such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil are of benefit especially if it is cold pressed, though refined oil also works in “pulling” the bacteria, viruses and protozoa from the oral cavity.



Conclusion


In summary, oral health and general health are interrelated. Oil pulling is an ancient practice with numerous benefits for oral health and overall well-being. From reducing harmful bacteria to promoting fresher breath and healthier gums, it's a natural and simple method worth trying.

Embrace this holistic approach to dental care and enjoy the potential positive effects it will bring to your oral hygiene journey. Happy oil pulling!


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