Bad breath and stained teeth are no match for this ancient technique. If you’ve never heard of oil pulling before, here are just a few of the most fantastic oil pulling benefits.
What’s Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice is also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” and it involves using oil in the same way as a mouthwash. We know it sounds bizarre, but get this: by swishing oil around in your mouth, you can improve your oral health by drawing out the toxins in your teeth and gums.
Take a tablespoon or so of oil, swish it around, and spit it out after twenty minutes. You can use it like you would mouthwash, except you need to keep the oil in your mouth longer than most regular mouthwashes so it can fully draw out any impurities.
As for what oil to use, you can choose between a number of them found at any grocery store. Most people go for coconut oil because of its antibacterial properties, but you can use any vegetable-based oil.
However, you’ll probably be included to swish it around vigorously as you do with regular mouthwash, but resist the urge! Be gentle, as being aggressive will only give you a tired jaw. Also, the oil will actually double in size when you swish it because of all the salvia in your mouth that will expand it.
As it draws out toxins, the oil will grow, and there’ll be no need to be rough. Be careful not to swallow all of this oil mixed with the toxins, as it defeats the purpose of oil pulling completely. The practice is supposed to draw toxins out, not put them back into your body, so make sure to spit it out completely after twenty minutes.
As for where you should spit out the oil, we recommend in your trash. Unlike regular mouthwash me, spitting out the oil into the drain can clog up your skin and result in disaster because of how the oil will solidify over time. To avoid this, spit out the contents in the trash, and you’re ready to move on to the next step. Swish your mouth again, but this time with warm salt water to get rid of any oil residue, and then brush your teeth like you normally do. Don’t forget to floss!
Oil Pulling Benefits
Like mouthwash, oil pulling benefits are endless for your teeth. Not only will you have brighter pearly whites, but it protects your mouth against cavities and gingivitis.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, studies have shown that patients with this condition have much improved morning breath. Your teeth and gums will ultimately be stronger, and you’ll even have less jaw pain if you suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Patients have also reported reduced sleep troubles and sinus problems, as well as headache and hangover relief.
We highly recommend choosing coconut oil as it contains multiple vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are all fat-soluble and easily digestible if you do end up swallowing some of it accidentally.
Coconut oil has not only UV-fighting antioxidants like vitamin E, but also antifungal and antibacterial properties because of its lauric acid and monolaurin. Vitamin D will strengthen your teeth, and vitamin K will aid in your body’s natural blood-clotting process.
However, keep in mind that you could develop an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis to coconut oil or any other oil, so test it on a small patch of skin on your arm.
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