Oil pulling is an old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural oils to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. The practice of oil pulling (also called gundusha) started in India thousands of years ago. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth! Oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.
Oils usually used include Sesame, Sunflower or Coconut. The oil is swished in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.
How to Oil Pull
The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, a person swishes a teaspoon of vegetable based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in the mouth for 10-20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses well. Oil pulling is best done in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, though Dr. Bruce Fife suggests that it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.
Can I Swallow the Oil? Or Where Should I Spit?
Please do not swallow the oil after oil pulling. It may contain bacteria, dead skin or other residue from the mouth and the whole purpose of oil pulling is to remove these things from the body.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
- Whitens teeth
- Reduces Inflammation
- Strengthens Gums
- Kills Bad Breath
- Can help tooth decay
- Prevents Cavities
*Organic oil is always the best option*