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Did you know that people only started brushing their teeth after the 1930s!! Why is it then that most of them managed to keep their teeth healthy and strong until they passed away? The answer is that they ate a different diet to what we eat today. Mostly void of all the unnecessary sugars that we take in. But, there were also other natural methods of maintaining good oral hygiene, including the process of “oil pulling”.
Oil pulling has been used for many years as a detoxifying treatment. It does not just clean the inside of your mouth, but because it removes harmful bacteria and toxins from those areas, it prevents all types of other problems in the process. The health of the inside of your mouth has a lot to do with systemic health (the health of your entire body).
How is coconut oil pulling done?
You swirl about a tbsp of the oil around in your mouth for a few minutes (recommended time is 10 - 20 minutes) and “pull” it through your teeth to get rid of the germs and bacteria between them. So you are literally pulling coconut oil between your teeth.
Don’t swish the oil around too aggressively, as this may cause your jaw to tire. You will then spit it out and rinse your mouth with water before proceeding to brush your teeth. Don't forget to floss ;-) This is done morning and evening or more if possible.
Apparently once the mixture in your mouth has turned milky, it is filled with harmful organisms, viruses and bacteria!
You can use coconut oil instead of your usual mouthwash. Can be done once a day (most effective on an empty stomach in the morning). You should notice a fresher breath within a week of doing this. Within a month of oil pulling treatment you should see improved dental and gum health.
How does it work?
The human mouth contains on average about 50,000 organisms on each tooth. Any microorganism coming into contact with an oil, will adhere to the oil.
Coconut oil is especially good because it contains antibacterial properties, therefore killing all bad bacteria in the mouth. Streptococcus Mutans is the bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and disease of the gums. Coconut oil is effective at getting rid of these strains of bacteria.
The Lauric acid found in coconut oil is antimicrobial, which means that is has the ability to kill viruses and fungi too. Microorganisms can enter the bloodstream via your mouth and this often happens during dental visits, so why not make sure that you have less of these harmful substances in your mouth? You could prevent many systemic problems. Bacteria in the mouth has been proven to cause all types of issues such as pneumonia, meningitis and sinusitis.
Simply looking after your teeth and gums can improve your overall health in many ways. By removing the bad bacteria in your mouth, you prevent it from causing other issues in your body. Some issues that may be remedied with the regular use of coconut oil include: getting rid of bad breath, preventing the yellowing of teeth (coconut oil teeth whitening) and preventing gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.
Oil pulling on its own cannot replace proper oral hygiene though, and should only be used to improve on this.
Some may be allergic to coconut oil, if this is the case you can use black seed oil or sesame seed oil. Always first check with your dentist.
A few Tooth Whitening Tips
The benefits of coconut oil pulling are so vast that its difficult to mention them all here, but Coconut oil pulling has been used traditionally to:
Add 2 drops of your choice of essential oil to 2 tbsp of coconut oil. Some to choose from:
This specific recipe is especially good for preventing flu and for those with sore places in their mouths and tooth ache. You can use other essential oils if you don't like the taste or you can go without the essential oils.
Remove from molds and keep in a glass container for easy access in the mornings. If you live in warmer temperatures, you might want to keep your jar in the fridge.
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