Oil pulling is an old healing treatment in which natural substances are used in the process of cleaning and detoxifying teeth and gums. It has whitening effect, too, and there is evidence that it improves the condition of gums and eliminates dangerous bacteria.
The oil pulling process includes swishing oil in the oral cavity for a short time each day, and this treatment is beneficial in improving oral health in general. Similar to the oil cleansing treatment for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” is applied here, as well, since oil is able to go through the plaque and remove toxins without any side-effects.
This treatment was first used in India thousands of years ago, and it was introduced to the US in the early 1990s, by dr. F. Karach, who has successfully been using the oil pulling process to treat his patients.
There are hundreds of people sharing their experience online, including its benefits in treating skin problems, arthritis, asthma, headache, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more.
Even though is widely used to treat all those health conditions, oil pulling is most often used in treating oral problems. On the recent Heal Thy Mouth Summit, a number of experts explained how bacteria can enter the blood through the mouth, and the possible infections can impact different parts of the body, which show perfectly why oral health is quite important.
At the end, oil pulling has no side-effects as long as you use a high quality oil — good enough to be used in cooking. Oil pulling is not expensive at all, and it can provide great benefits regarding oral health, so there is no reason why you should not try it.
How to do Oil Pulling:
This treatment is amazingly simple. Swish a couple teaspoons of oil (coconut, sesame or olive oil) in the mouth and keep it for 20 minutes. Spit the oil out and rinse well. Oil pulling is best done in the morning, before having your meals or drinking anything, even though Dr. Bruce Fife suggests it can be done before every meal in cases of more severe infections or dental problems.
Step 1: Put 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil (preferably use coconut oil) in your mouth.. Most people prefer using 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil. Use solid coconut oil and let it melt before swishing. You can also add a few drops of Brushing Blend (antibacterial).
Step 2: Swish for 20 minutes. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, timing is the key, as 20 minutes are enough for the oil to break through the plaque and bacteria, but still not long enough for the body to starts re-absorbing toxins. The oil gets thicker and milky when mixed with saliva, and it should look creamy white when you spit it out.
Step 3: Spit the oil in a trash can. Do not spit it into the sink! Do not even swallow the oil as it is possibly full of the bacteria, toxins and pus you have taken out from your gums and teeth.
Rinse well with warm water. Warm water cleans better. Rinse your mouth with warm water to get rid of the remaining oil.
Step 5: Brush well to make sure there is no bacteria left in your mouth.
As we already said, it is best done in the morning, before breakfast. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and a milder taste than other types of oil, which is why oral health experts recommend it most.
Teeth get whiter, but smoother as well!