I began a health journey after having countless dental issues, and I began to see if incorporating natural holistic remedies and added nutrients to my diet and daily routine would cease any benefit to my poor teeth. During one of my holistic health classes, the teacher touched over oil pulling and how gut health can be linked to dental health. After the class my mind was buzzing with thoughts and I stayed up all night reading research studies about healing your teeth through your diet intake. I have always loved Ayurvedic medicine and I have heard about oil pulling before, but I had never stayed loyal to keeping it in my routine. This time I had to take my health and experimentation serious so I knew it was one of the things I needed to add to my morning ritual.
Oil pulling is an scientific Ayurvedic practice that can include many health benefits especially for gut health and your teeth as it “pulls” the toxins out of your body. I much rather prefer oil-pulling over mouthwashes. Mouthwashes can kill the good bacteria in your body too, which is important we maintain a good balance of.
Oil pulling is most effective doing on an empty stomach after you wake up. I use a tablespoon of organic coconut oil (I optionally add a drop of tea tree oil or lemon essential oil.) Swish around for 15-20 mins then spit it out in the trash as to not clog up any drains. Benefits may include: whiter teeth, better breath, improve skin, and improve gut health. You will want to invest in organic, high-quality oil.
If you find it hard to do this for 20 minutes, try starting off with just a teaspoon of oil first. There is no need to vigorously swish either, just gently move it around your mouth so you don’t get a sore jaw. To keep my mind off of it I try to do it while I read, work on the computer, drive, or even shower.
Oil pulling can also be done using other types of oils such as sunflower oil, but I have not tried anything but coconut. I tend to lean towards coconut oil too because of fat-soluble vitamins (the kinds that stick around to help out a little more than the water-soluble kind.) coconut oil contains fat-soluble vitamins: A,D,E and K. Vitamin A is good for the immune system, Vitamin E has strong antioxidant properties for the skin and can provide some protection against UV rays, Vitamin D is good for strong bones and teeth, and Vitamin K is good for blood-clotting.