Oil Pulling and Its Benefits
Posted by DR. JOCELYNN VIDA on Mar 17 2020, 11:39 PM
Oil Pulling is an ancient Indian practice, in which oil is swished around in the mouth to kill bacteria and also improve oral health. The oil used for the purpose is either coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil. This remedy is gaining extreme popularity amongst westerners. It can help in whitening your teeth and freshening your breath as well. Some studies claim that it can also treat several other diseases.
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
Following are the benefits of oil pulling:
1. Kill Harmful Oral Bacteria
There are different types of harmful bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to dental problems like tooth decay, bad breath, or gum disease. With oil pulling, the growth of harmful bacteria can be reduced.
2. Reduce Bad Breath
Halitosis, also called bad breath, is seen in about 50% of the population. It occurs due to specific reasons, such as infection, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, or tongue coating (bacteria accumulate and trap on tongue). These bacteria can be removed through brushing or with the help of an antiseptic mouthwash. Interestingly, oil pulling has proven to be an effective way to reduce bad breath, just like mouthwash.
3. Prevent Cavities
Cavities come from tooth decay, which occurs due to poor oral hygiene, overconsumption of sugar, or bacteria buildup. Building up of plaque can also end up causing cavities. With oil pulling, the growth of the harmful bacteria in saliva and plaque can be reduced and hence, prevent tooth decay.
4. Reduce Inflammation and Improve Gum Health
Gingivitis is a kind of gum disease that makes your gums red, swollen, and also bleed easily. The harmful bacteria found in plaque lead to gingivitis. Oil pulling can help reduce the growth of those bacteria, which improves your gum health and reduce inflammation.
5. Other Benefits
It possibly gives relief from inflammation. Some anecdotal evidence state that it helps in whitening your teeth by pulling stains from its surface.
6. Cheap and Easy for regular use
You don’t have to spend money on the oil, as it is already an ingredient used in your kitchen.
How can you do oil pulling?
For oil pulling follow the steps below:
- Take one tablespoon of oil.
- Swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes, but do not swallow it. It might be hard for you in the beginning, so start with 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, etc.
- When you are done, spit the oil into the trash.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water before having any food or drink.
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