This is What Oil Pulling Really Is
I am not exactly sure when it started. But my earliest memory hearing about oil pulling was around 2012.
There were stories everywhere. I remember Facebook was filled with posts from friends that had started this new trend of oil pulling.
Then, I saw a segment about oil pulling on Dr Oz. That segment gave a little more clarity on how to do oil pulling and what it claims to do.
There were claims that oil pulling can whiten your teeth and improve the health of your gums.
There were also claims that it can cure gum disease and cavities. This is when I became skeptical.
My favorite claim is that oil pulling could improve diabetes and cure a hangover.
So, what exactly is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an Ayurveda practice that started back in India thousands of years ago.
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is the world’s oldest traditional health systems.
It’s based on the “whole body” health and wellness. Balancing the mind, body, and spirit.
How does oil pulling work?
Oil pulling has an effect because of the nature of the bacteria in your mouth.
The bacteria have cell walls that are made up of fat, which adheres to the oil during oil pulling.
What is the process of oil pulling?
The simple process of oil pulling begins with a spoonful of oil.
Coconut oil is the most popular oil of choice because of the taste and cost. You can also use olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil.
Be sure to get an organic oil.
Take the spoonful of oil of choice and gently swish the oil around for 20 minutes.Coconut oil is the most popular oil of choice because of the taste and cost. You can also use olive oil, almond oil or sesame oil.Click To Tweet
You don’t want to swish too vigorously or else your jaw will get tired.
If you find yourself having a hard time swishing for 20 minutes, like me, you can split it up into two sessions that are 10 minutes each. Or into four 5 minute sessions.
After the time is up, spit the oil into the trash or into a paper towel that you will throw away in the trash.
Next, rinse mouth your mouth with warm salt water or proceed on with your typical oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing your teeth.
Special precautions about oil pulling
- It is recommended to beginning oil pulling in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Oil pulling is not recommended for children younger than 5 that are a risk of swallowing or aspirating the oil.
- Avoid spitting the oil in the sink or toilet as the oil can clog up your pipes! Spit the oil into a paper towel and throw it in the trash. Or spit directly into the trash can.
- There is more and more clinical evidence the oil pulling is effective in helping maintain oral health. But it is not a replacement for brushing and flossing.
Why this dentist initially was not a fan of oil pulling
I will be honest, I was not the first one to embrace oil pulling. The reason is. I found more friends and acquaintances would do 20 minutes of oil pulling to avoid brushing their teeth for 2 minutes.
To me, it just didn’t add up. Plus, with my science background, I knew that some of the claims that were being made were bogus.
There is more and more evidence that is coming out and supporting that oil pulling is a beneficial practice.
Now, I am beginning to embrace oil pulling and start incorporating it into my oral hygiene routine.
With lots of love,