Podcast #24 Oil Pulling

Podcast #24

Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling?

In short, oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (sesame/coconut, primarily) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.

The idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this simple practice helps improve oral health. The oil is able to help cut through plaque and remove toxins without harming the teeth or gums.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a practice with tons of support but really a lack of extensive scientific research. Most do agree that oil pulling is safe, but the data is out on how effective it really is. At the very least, oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality edible oil is used and it is done correctly. Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could have amazing benefits to your oral health.

How to Oil Pull

Simply put, you swish a teaspoon of oil in the mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out and rinses well. Oil pulling is the most beneficial in the morning, before eating or drinking anything but it can be done before each meal if one has more severe infections or dental issues.

Oil Pulling Instructions

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes.
  3. Spit oil into the garbage can
  4. Rinse mouth with warm water and/or brush

 

Is Oil Pulling Safe?

Short answer- yes!

Even with a lack of research, the research that is out there all agrees that it is less harmful than mouthwash and is worth a try.

What Oil Should Be Used for Pulling?

Coconut oil is the most useful in whitening and also is more effective at removing certain bacteria from the mouth that is known for causing dental cavities

Sesame oil was the original oil used and it is also the most studied. It is considered safe for those who are not allergic to sesame seeds and those who are sensitive to coconut oil.

Other oils that have been used such as sunflower oil but there is not much information on these alternatives.

Note: Adding essential oils like orange- to brighten and whiten and Thieves- to improve overall oral health and reduce bacteria, is another great addition. You can add the oils to your coconut oil and store or make these amazing coconut oils chews that makes it easier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOeGgGPUZ8o&t=116s

Can anyone oil pull?

Children: Oil pulling is considered safe for kids if they are old enough not to swallow the oil.

Pregnancy: Oral health is especially important during pregnancy so this is an extra way to keep teeth and gums healthy while pregnant and one can consider it like brushing or using mouthwash. As with anything, check with your doctor or midwife before doing oil pulling, especially if pregnant.

Nursing: Generally considered safe.

Dental Issues: It depends on the issue but if you are concerned because you have metal fillings, crowns, or dental problems, please check with your dentist or doctor.

What are some of the Key Reasons to Oil Pull?

  • Improve oral health
  • Healthier gums
  • It eliminates bad breath
  • Reduces plaque
  • Helps remove the bacteria that leads to other dental issues
  • Safer than mouthwash and more affordable

Have you tried oil pulling? Are you ready to start?

As always, be grateful and have faith!

God Bless!

 

 

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