Would you like brighter and whiter teeth? Less plaque and better breath? Reduced dental caries? Would you like these results using something totally natural and totally affordable? Oil pulling was first described in Ayurveda, an Eastern form of medicine, as a way to improve the health of teeth and gums. The method is simple, simply swish oil gently around your mouth for 20 minutes, then spit it out. That's it, you're done.
So, how does it work? The oil gently moving around your gums and teeth loosens and pulls out bacteria and debris that cause bad breath and tooth decay. As with a lot of natural therapies, there have not been a lot of scientific studies done to establish the health claims of oil pulling, so I decided to try it out myself. Ayrurvedic books recommend sesame, sunflower or olive oil, but I used coconut because I prefer the smell. I used about half a teaspoon, (it very quickly dissolves on the tongue and becomes really liquid-y when it mixes with your saliva) and swished for at least 20 minutes. Most texts recommend it in the morning, but I did it whenever I had the time, usually at night before bed. After 20 minutes, I spit it out into the compost (not into the tap because it can re-harden and clog your drains), flossed and brushed my teeth with my homemade toothpaste and tah-dah! I won't lie, it feels like a really long time to hold oil in your mouth for the first few times, but I got used to it quickly and as long as I was doing something else to keep me kinda distracted, it was easy to make it part of my routine. I did it everyday for 1 week with my partner. At the end of the week, we were both amazed at how good our teeth felt! I was getting some build-up behind my lower back teeth and that totally went away. Our teeth look whiter and feel way cleaner. We're now doing a maintenance schedule of pulling 3 times a week and our results still seem great.
Here's a great link to a video by Nadine Artemis from Living Libations Essential Oils with info on why we get dental problems and the dietary and natural products we can use to prevent them. After re-watching this one, I'm going to add a drop of oregano or peppermint oil to my coconut oil when pulling.