Is Oil Pulling Better Than Toothpaste?
Posted by Trevida Staff - November 01, 2016
Keeping your mouth squeaky clean maybe the last thing on your mind while you’re trying to juggle work and be the perfect mother for your kids. Your wellness, especially oral health, often takes a back seat. What if we say that with just 15 minutes every day, and no major efforts involved, you can improve your oral and overall health? Um, yeah — count me in, right?
You may have heard many people swear by the benefits of oil pulling or may have read about it over the web. Or perhaps you have no idea what we’re talking about. Well, what we have for you, today, is a complete guide on oil pulling: how you can incorporate it in your life, what are its benefits, and is it better than brushing or not?
Sit back with your morning cup-a-joe as we unravel the nitty-gritty details of oil swishing or pulling.
- What is Oil Pulling? Where Does it Come From?
It is all about swishing with sesame, sunflower or coconut oil for fifteen to twenty minutes and then spitting it out. Sound unpleasant? Well, there are high claims that this method helps in curing problems like arthritis and eczema, while improving general oral health. You can basically banish all your oral issues such as bad breath, plaque, gum diseases, and cavities by religiously following this regimen for twenty minutes every day.
Oil pulling is a 3000-year old technique that comes from the realm of Ayurvedic medicine. Nope, Crest wasn’t putting out brushes back then, so they had to use something else.
- How Is It Done?
Let’s break it down in 3 simple steps for you:
Step: 1 – Put a teaspoon of oil in your mouth. (You can choose organic versions of coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil.)
Step: 2 – Follow the Swish-Hold-Swish technique for 20 minutes, making an effort to force the oil between your teeth.
Step: 3 – Spit it out in a trash bag and rinse your mouth without swallowing.
And, you’re sorted! Practice this for a week before you compare the results.
- Which Oil is the Best?
You can use coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil, but you’ll want to make sure you are using organic for this. If you want the best results, coconut oil is highly regarded for its antibacterial and antifungal properties — and its taste is favored by many. Coconut oil prevents Streptococcus from damaging the tooth enamel and binding to it. This is an acid-producing bacterium that is one of the major causes of tooth decay. Always choose virgin coconut oil that is raw, unheated and unrefined.
- What are the Major Benefits of Coconut Oil Pulling?
- Whitens Teeth: You don’t have to spend time and energy on chemical whitening strips. Oil pulling works brilliantly as compared to chemical bleaches/strips. Virgin coconut oil comes loaded with antiviral and antibiotic properties that strip the mouth of enamel decaying bacteria, brightening your smile.
- Daily Detox Dose: Harmful bacteria and germs cause inflammation and infection leading to various diseases. Oil pulling wards off all germs from the mouth, which is the doorway to the body. Hence, this method serves to preventatively detoxify the body, removing all toxins from the source itself.
- Improve Skin Health: If you are troubled by adult acne, oil pulling can come to your rescue. Due to its detoxifying properties, this technique can keep your skin healthy and glowing. Skin issues, blemishes, or rashes will reduce dramatically.
- Promotes Oral Hygiene: Oil pulling not just whitens your teeth, it also helps in improving the overall oral health. By practicing this for two weeks, you’ll see improvement in bad odor, gum problems and cavities.
- Acts as an Energy Booster: It improves the immune system and acts as an energy booster by revving up the metabolism of the body.
- Is it Safe for the Kids?
NO! Oil pulling needs to be done carefully. With the playful nature of your kids, they may not pay heed to the process. According to the studies, if the oil enters the windpipe, it can cause lipoid pneumonia in kids. You shouldn’t take that big a risk with your kid’s health only to improve their oral hygiene. Rather, consider high-quality brushes and flossing kits.
- The BIG Question: Is it any Better Than Brushing?
It is a common misconception that oil pulling can replace our regime of brushing and flossing. It does help in reducing the bacteria between the teeth. However, to remove all traces of germs from the mouth, brushing (and flossing) is necessary. Oil pulling replaces your chemical mouthwash. It should not be used as an alternative to brushing. This Ayurvedic method dilutes the stickiness of plaque and makes it easier to scrape off with the brush. Therefore, if you are planning to ditch the toothbrush, you are walking down the wrong road. But adding pulling to your brushing and flossing regimen will help you have the brightest and healthiest smile possible.
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