Get a Whiter & Fresher Mouth!

Those of you that know me know that I love coconut oil. I first heard of oil pulling during one of my lectures while training for my certification as a Health Coach. At first, I thought it a little odd but as I listened and learned more it made sense. I was particularly intrigued when the speaker said that disease in the body can begin in the mouth. My gums sometimes bled when I had cleanings so I figured it would be a good way to improve the health of my gums and avoid serious illness. I was thrilled to learn another therapeutic use for coconut oil!   

Oil pulling is an ayurvedic practice that has been around for over 2,500 years. Some of the benefits of oil pulling on oral health are strengthening teeth, gums and jaw; whiten teeth, prevent bad breath and prevent oral diseases like cavities and gingivitis. As the oil is being swished around your mouth it works to loosen up the plaque and bacteria, all of this ends up in the oil which is why it is a milky, cloudy white once you spit it out. For the purposes of oil pulling I use organic coconut oil. Coconut oil has many therapeutic benefits; it is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties.

How to do it??

  1. Start with 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (it will be solid at room temperature most of the time)

  2. Swish it gently around your mouth for 20 minutes, before you start eating or brush your teeth. If your jaw starts hurting you’re doing it too hard, go easier. Do not gargle!

  3. Do not swallow the oil! Spit it out once the 20 minutes is up and rinse your mouth well

  4. Brush your teeth and floss as you normally would

For me, it felt a little strange the first time I did it but I got used to it. The coconut oil has a mild, tropical-y taste which I enjoy so I had no issues with the taste. My mouth and teeth did feel cleaner and once I brushed my teeth looked brighter. There are other health benefits associated with oil pulling such as helping lessen allergies, improving skin problems, lessening sinus infections and helping with insomnia to name a few. In my experience, it did help with my sinuses and made my skin look even better. Since oil pulling is removing toxins from your body it makes sense, in my mind, that there would be other benefits associated with the practice. The various systems in our bodies are interconnected and interrelate even though it might not be so apparent on the surface. One thing to be cautious about is that I’ve read that some people’s fillings/crown may loosen/come out with oil pulling. Perhaps it is because the bacteria built up around it is removed and then the filling/crown is looser. So be careful if you have either. But overall, I have found this practice to be easy to add to my morning ritual and I have enjoyed the benefits of a fresher mouth and brighter smile (not to mention the benefits of better skin and no more sinus infections!!). Give it a try and see how it works for you!

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