What Is Oil Pulling? This Ancient Indian Technique Can Do A Lot For Your Health, And 5 Pro Tips On How To Do It
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling has become a buzzword these days. It’s an ancient Indian technique which involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and plaque, prevent cavities, fight gum inflammation, and make your breath fresher. Many of those who practice oil pulling say it works like magic. You just need to know how to do it right.
Most studies on oil pulling confirm it’s safe, but some of them question its effectiveness. The only way to find out whether it will work for you is to try it yourself!
What can oil pulling do for you?
According to an abundant anecdotal evidence and certain studies, oil pulling can improve your oral health in several ways.
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Here is what this practice can do for you:
- reduce the number of Streptococcus mutans and other harmful bacteria in your mouth;
- relieve gum inflammation and lower your risk of gingivitis;
- gently remove plaque;
- lower your risk of developing cavities;
- keep your breath fresh.
Oil pulling: How it’s done
The procedure is actually quite simple. Here’s how to do it:
- Put a tablespoon of the oil of your choice into your mouth.
- Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes.
- Spit the oil out and brush your teeth afterwards.
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Which oil does the job best? Most people use coconut oil, as it’s more effective at fighting plaque-forming bacteria compared to other oils. Also, some people claim it can whiten the teeth to some extent. The oil used traditionally in India is sesame oil, so you may try this one too (just make sure you’re not allergic or sensitive to it). Another oil to try is sunflower oil. Use the least processed variety of any of these oils.
A few tips on how to do oil pulling
To make sure the procedure is as effective and beneficial as it can be, try the following tips:
1. Start gradually
You don’t have to do oil pulling for the whole 20 minutes right from the start. If you aren’t used to it, your jaws and cheeks may ache after you do it, especially if you swish too vigorously. Start with 5-10 minutes and then gradually progress to the recommended 20 minutes.
2. Use coconut oil
As we mentioned above, coconut oil is the most popular choice for oil pulling. Thanks to its antibacterial properties, it can be more effective than other oils.
3. Spit the oil out
After you’re done, don’t swallow the oil. It’s full of bacteria and debris it removed from your teeth and gums, so spit it out. But not just anywhere; use a trash can, as the oil may clog the drain.
4. Don’t forget about brushing and flossing
If you decide to do oil pulling, it should be an addition to your regular oral care routine, not a substitute. Continue brushing and flossing as you’ve always done.
5. The best time to oil pull is the morning
Practice oil pulling before you brush your teeth in the morning.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.