In the last years, the oil pulling is becoming popular used to improve oral health, but this actually this dental technique isn’t new. In addition, this is a traditional dental technique for oral health, which was previously used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Those people who used this oral technique claimed that it is very effective and helps them to brighten their teeth, and also it treats their bleeding gums and gingivitis.
Moreover, Bruce Fife, a naturopath and nutritionist wrote about this technique in his book Oil Pulling Therapy published in 2008: Detoxifying and Healing the Body through Oral Cleansing, and therefore it started becoming popular. Also, the great benefits of oil pulling for oral health were confirmed in a research.
The carried out research
The first study: Oil puling is able to decrease plaque and gingivitis
In fact, gingivitis is gum tissue inflammation and most people suffer from this disease. In other words, about 95% of the adult population suffer from periodontal disease at least once. In addition, bacteria are the main cause of this infection, which actually inhabit the oral cavity, infect the teeth, hardened and become tartar.
In 2009, a study was carried out in order to compare oil pulling to chlorhexidine, i.e., a synthetic compound that is used as a mild antiseptic, in adolescents who suffer from plaque-related gingivitis. The results of the study showed that both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash have similar effects and are beneficial in the treatment of gingivitis.
The second study: Oil pulling has a capacity to decrease harmful mouth bacteria
It is considered that one of the common mouth bacteria and also the main cause of plaque build-up and tooth decay is Streptococcus Mutans.
To explain you more deeply, oil pulling, i.e., by using sesame oil, reduced the number of Streptococcus Mutans in the plaque for less than 2 weeks. It was proved in a study that was carried out in 2008 and 20 boys were participants. In addition, it was confirmed that this oral technique is an effective preventive measure in maintaining and improving oral health.
The oil pulling was not actually as effective as a Chlorhexidine mouthwash, but it was much cheaper and much less nasty option.
The third study: Oil pulling and its effects on a dental disease
The African Journal of Microbiology Research published the results of the 2008 research which showed that the oil pulling has a capacity to drastically reduce the total number of mouth bacteria.
Practice this oral technique by using cold pressed oils
In order to eliminate the harmful mouth bacteria and the other organisms from your mouth, gums, tongue, and teeth you should use cold pressed oils. In addition, it is recommended to use sesame, coconut and sunflower oil.
Or you can use extra virgin olive oil or flaxseed oil, as well. Keep in mind it of a great importance to use high quality organic oil for the best results. You should know that it can eliminate any toxins from your saliva and it can also act as an antiseptic mouth wash.
This is a simple technique for oral health
When you wake up in the morning and before you eat anything you should take about 2 tablespoons of the oil and swish it around your mouth, gums teeth, and tongue for about 15-20 minutes.
You should know that after 20 minutes the oil will have become whiter or yellowish. It is not recommended to swallow it, because as we mentioned it is practiced in order to eliminate the toxins, so in case you swallow it, you actually put the toxins back into your organism.
In addition, you should spit all the oil out, after 20 minutes.
Note: You should not split it in the sink drain or the toilet, because the oil can accumulate and can also clog the pipes.
After that, you should wash your mouth thoroughly by using water and then, brush your teeth. Finally, you can drink or eat anything you want.