Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. Here is everything you need to know about the practice.
Oil pulling is essentially the act of swishing oil in the mouth for 20 minutes to improve oral health. It is believed that the oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums. This practice was started in India thousands of years ago and is becoming more and more popular in the western world today.
The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, all you need to do is put a couple of teaspoons of oil in your mouth, swish the oil around the mouth for 20 minutes, Spit the oil out (in a bin not in the sink) and gargle well with hot water. Oil pulling is best done in the morning before eating or drinking anything.
Oil pulling is traditionally done with sesame oil but you can also you coconut or sunflower oil. If the goal of the oil pulling is to whiten, coconut oil is widely believed to be your best bet. The most important thing is that the oil is a quality organic brand made of natural ingredients.
This practice has plenty of support from users who swear by it, but it lacks extensive scientific studies. While most believe the practice is safe, its effectiveness is still debated. Users across the globe swear by its ability to wipe out harmful bacteria which will improve bad smelling breath and reduce mouth plaque. There are hundreds of testimonials to suggest that oil pulling does work and since the practice is believed to be safe it may not hurt to give it a go.