Oil pulling is becoming increasingly popular. People continue search for more and more home remedies and more natural ways to increase health benefits. The idea is that oil pulling can help to remove toxins from the body. Oil pulling is thought improve your overall dental health. According to Wikipedia, it is an folk remedy that began making an appearance in home health in the early 90’s. It has since grown and has many committed followers who opt for oil pulling over modern dentistry.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is when you place a small amount of oil in the mouth and then lightly swish is around. You place approximately a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. You swish until it has changed from a liquid state into more of a thick white consistency. At the end of oil swishing the oil in your mouth should change consistency. If it seems the same, you either haven’t done it long enough or you moved it around too fast. The change in consistency of the oil is a sign it is working. When you are done discard the oil and brush your teeth as normal.
It is recommended that you should complete oil pulling on an empty stomach. This way the bacteria that has formed in your mouth overnight won’t be spread to your body. Also, swishing oil around your mouth might not be the most pleasant feeling at first. An empty stomach might be best in the event you feel ill from the oil. You should always be cautious not to swallow the oil.
Do not ingest all of the toxins you have just worked so hard to remove. If your mouth, gums, or cheeks are sore or achy, try slowing down and swishing much more gently. If soreness continues to be a problem, try cutting down on the amount of oil you are using.
Types of oil used
You can use any type of oil for oil pulling, but the following are among the most popular:
Sesame oil – Traditionally sesame oil has been used for oil pulling. In studies sesame oil was found to be useful at reducing plaque and bacteria. Though not as much so as a mouthwash. The majority of people prefer the less harsh taste and expense of other oils.
Coconut oil – In recent years, the use of coconut oil has skyrocketed. Coconut oil can be found in nearly everything, especially when you are looking for healthier and more beneficial options. Many suggest that it is a favorite of oil pullers due to its less harsh flavor. It is in a solid state, so some reviewers mentioned having to chew it in order for it to dissolve.
Olive oil – Much like coconut oil, olive oil, has been growing in popularity. It is among the top oils used in the practice of oil pulling. For the most part people believe that it doesn’t matter which oil you choose to use in oil pulling. However some have noted that they had different effects with each oil. Some of the additional effects mention by using coconut oil are:
- loosing addiction to caffeine and nicotine
- hair and nail health improvement
- mood changes
- weight loss
- sinus health
What are the benefits?
Though there is no scientific proof to support any of the theories and suggested health benefits; According to Earth Clinic, People across the world truly believe in and are committed to their daily routines. Users are flocking to it in recent years because they believe it to be safe, inexpensive and preferred to mouthwash.
It is believed that while you are swishing the oil around your mouth it removes many things, such as: Bacteria, Viruses, parasites, and any other toxins that may be present. Thus helping to prevent gingivitis, gum disease, bad breath, cavities’ and other negative oral health effects. Many believe that oil pulling can also effect other aspects of the body’s health besides oral hygiene.
By removing toxins from within the mouth you may be reducing headaches, arthritis, heart disease, infections, eczema, and anxiety. The theory behind oil pulling is that removing toxins from the mouth prevents them from traveling through the body.
Users of the oil pulling method have also said that they feel an overall increase in oral health and appearance. Oil swishing is believed to whiten teeth along with removing toxins and give the feeling of oral freshness. Others believe this is because nothing can stick to your teeth when you cover them in oil every morning.
Is there any health risk to oil pulling?
When it comes to the dangers of oil pulling, scientist don’t feel that there are any. Though, there isn’t any research proving any dental or health benefits of oil pulling; scientist don’t feel that there are any disadvantages to it. Most dentist are not on board will oil pulling and the American Dental Association suggests that you stick with brushing, flossing and using mouthwash daily.