Oil pulling with coconut oil

Oil pulling with coconut oil

holding opened coconuts

Coconut oil pulling is an old ayurvedic remedy for cleaning the mouth, clearing out toxins and making the teeth whiter. This concept has gained a lot of momentum lately in social media, where people use coconut oil instead of mouthwash. But how does oil pulling really work?

The term ”oil pulling” means rinsing the mouth with oil, and in that way cleansing and dissolving dirt and coatings. It’s most common to use coconut oil, but other oils, such as sunflower seed oil or sesame oil, will work fine as well.

Oil pulling have received praise and great ratings online, where most people who have tried it claim that their mouth felt fresher, the teeth became whiter and they got rid of previous irritation.

Modern science does not suppert that oil pulling alone can replace tooth brushing and flossing, but many studies however indicate that coconut oil has valuable properties as a component in oral care products. Coconut oil has shown to reduce and counteract the formation of plaque, also the oil has antibacterial properties and is effective against caries bacteria.

Oil pulling – this is how it’s done:

You only need coconut oil (preferably organic and cold pressed) and water.
  1. Start by rinsing with water, to ensure your mouth is not dry.
  2. Measure a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it melt in the mouth. Then you start rinsing the oil in the mouth, in between the teeth and around the tounge.
  3. Carefully let the oil rinse through your mouth, preferably for up to 15-20 minutes before spitting it out. If you are not comfortable going on for that long, start with baby steps and increase the rinsing time once you have grown accustomed to it.
  4. Spit the oil out in the trash. It’s important not to spit out the oil into the sink, as the oil can clog up the pipes. Also, please avoid swallowing the oil.
Oil pulling works best if it’s done after brushing your teeth.

Please note! Do not replace brushing your teeth with oil pulling, as you need fluoride toothpaste to maintain optimal oral health and to protect your teeth against cavities.

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