Thousands of years ago, our ancestors didn’t clean their teeth with tooth brush and toothpaste and they lived long with most of their teeth strong, whole and healthy.
Apart from eating real healthy unprocessed food, they used natural means like chewing stick and oil pulling to care for their teeth. Coconut oil and other oils such as sesame oil has been widely used for teeth pulling to care for the teeth and gum.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
So what is coconut oil teeth pulling?
Coconut oil teeth pulling is an ancient Indian therapy that has been around for thousands of years. It uses coconut oil to clean the teeth and gums, keeping it healthy and getting rid of harmful bacteria and plaque.
The coconut oil pulls out the toxins and plaque out of your mouth and creates a clean environment.
Here are 3 ways coconut oil teeth pulling improved my health
1) It reduces bad bacteria in the mouth
Did you know that coconut oil teeth pulling is able to cut through the plaque in your mouth and get rid of toxins?
A study published in the Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry in 2008 evaluated the effect of oil pulling on the count of Streptococcus mutans bacteria (the bad bacteria that contributes to tooth decay) in the plaque and saliva of children and found that there was a reduction in the count of the Streptococcus mutans bacteria in children that oil pulled compared to children that didn’t.
2) It reduces plaque and inflammation of the gums (also called gingivitis)
Coconut oil teeth pulling helps to reduce the accumulation of plaque caused by bad bacteria which can also lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Dental Research in 2009 evaluated the effect of oil pulling on plaque and inflammation of the gums and found that oil pulling was effective at reducing plague and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). In addition, Coconut oil is a superfood that can be a component to a well-balanced diet.
3) It can reduce bad breath
Coconut oil teeth pulling can help to reduce bad breadth also known as halitosis. Bad breath is frequently caused by a build-up of bad bacteria in your mouth that produces gas that smells badly.
A study also published in the Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry in 2011 evaluated the effect of oil pulling on halitosis (bad breadth) and the microorganisms that may be responsible for it and found that oil pulling was effective like chlorhexidine mouthwash at reducing bad breathe.
So how do you do coconut oil teeth pulling
1) Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth
2) Gently mix it around in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, pulling in between your teeth. Be careful that you do not swallow any of the coconut oil because it is full of bad bacteria, toxins and plaque.
3) Spit out the oil in the bin and not in the sink (remember the oil is full of bad bacteria, toxins and plaque so you do not want that in your sink)
4)Rinse your mouth with warm water and finally brush your teeth as normal to make sure you get rid of any remaining bad bacteria.
Coconut oil teeth oil pulling can be done in the morning before breakfast or any time that you find convenient.
Good dental hygiene is essential for optimal health not just in your mouth but in the rest of your body. The bad bacteria from your mouth can pass through your gums into your bloodstream and on to other parts of your body and cause infections and chronic inflammation so it is important to prevent the increase of the bad bacteria in your mouth.
Asokan S, Rathan J, Muthu M S, Rathma P V, Emmadi P, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari (2008) Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: A randomized controlled triple-blind study, Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, 26:12-17 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18408265
Asokan S, Kumar R S, Emmadi P, Raghuraman R, Sivakumar N (2011) Effect of oil pulling on halitosis and microorganisms causing halitosis: A randomized controlled pilot trial, Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, 29: 90-94
Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R (2009) Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian Journal of Dental Research, 20: 47-51