The traditional Indian oral health practice of swishing oil in the mouth is gaining traction in the West.
Oil pulling therapy is a traditional Ayurvedic remedy that helps heal a number of ailments ranging from toothache to heart disease. It is particularly useful for getting rid of dental problems and maintaining adequate oral hygiene. The process works on the ROOT CAUSE and helps body in its healing process, hence takes significant amount of time in giving you the desired results. The time it takes depends on an individual. Hence people. don't expect a MAGIC PILL kind of treatment overnight.
Simply put, oil pulling is an inexpensive and harmless process that involves swishing a vegetable oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. The therapy should be followed in the morning, on an empty stomach.
But at least as far back as 500 B.C., oil pulling – as the practice is called – has been an important part of Indian traditional medicine. In the ancient Ayurvedic text "Charaka Samhita," which dates back to around 500 BC, the practice is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is said to cure some 30 systemic diseases such as headache, migraine, eczema, diabetes and asthma. The premise is that the oil “pulls” toxins out of the body. As well, it has been used extensively for whitening teeth, preventing tooth decay, treating bad breath, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.
So although science hasn’t proven the practice to be the cure-all as Indian tradition suggests, at the very least it does seem to provide some positive benefits for the mouth.
If you’re interested in trying it, you can use a few different types of oil; most people use sunflower, sesame, or coconut oil. When you wake up, drink a glass of water and place about one tablespoon of oil in your mouth. Swish it around for about five minutes when first starting the practice, and work your way up gradually to 20 minutes, which is the recommended amount of time. After oil pulling, spit out the oil. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth! Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). and then, brush your teeth well with natural toothpaste to make natural toothpaste to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed.
It is believed that this simple process removes germs and bacteria from the mouth. In fact, oil pulling combats bad breath, relieves toothache, reduces inflammation, whitens your teeth, heals sensitivity, treats dry mouth, removes yellow/white coating from tongue, cures cracked lips, eliminates bleeding gums, fixes loose teeth, and prevents and heals cavities.
I personally do this with coconut oil and brushing blend each morning before breakfast. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste than other oils and is my personal preference!