- On June 6, 2016
You may have heard talk about coconut oil pulling giving others a healthy, beautiful smile. Here, we’ll look at the benefits of using coconut oil and how it can help your dental health.
What is Coconut Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling was used to promote oral health long before toothbrushes were invented. The process of pushing and pulling oil through the mouth and around the teeth has been used by many cultures over time, as a way to detox and rid the mouth of bacteria. Because the health of the mouth affects the rest of the body, this simple process can also promote overall health.
There are several types of oil that can be used for oil pulling. Choosing a type of oil is a matter of personal preference, but many choose coconut oil because of the flavor and consistency. When choosing, be sure to opt for cold pressed and organic oil, to get the best results.
Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling
The benefits of oil pulling don’t stop with keeping teeth healthy. However, the mouth is a good place to start. Practicing coconut oil pulling several times each week can reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth by pulling germs out of the mouth through the saliva. Getting rid of the bacteria will help to prevent tooth decay, promote gum health, whiten teeth, and prevent bad breath.
Removing germs and bacteria will also help to promote health throughout the body. Because toxins in the mouth can spread throughout the body, removing those toxins with oil pulling can help to resolve many health issues. Those who regularly practice oil pulling claim that it can help with everything from headaches to heart disease. Removing toxins from the body can also lead to clear skin, sinus relief, and better sleep.
How to Oil Pull
Coconut oil pulling is easy to implement into your morning routine. The oil works like a mouthwash. Use one or two tablespoons of oil and swish it in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. When your time is up, spit the oil in a trash can – not down the drain as it can cause clogs. Rinse your mouth out with water and then use your regular toothpaste to brush your teeth as you normally would.
15 or 20 minutes may seem like a lot of time when regular mouthwashes only need to be used for about one minute. If you find it difficult, you can start with just five minutes and build up over time. Most recommend using the coconut oil pulling technique three times each week for the best results.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
To learn more about dental health and to achieve a bright, beautiful smile, contact Dr. David Brumbaugh to set up an appointment today.