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Oil Pulling – What You Should Know

June 18, 2014 by Jenny

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy for oral health detoxification. It involves using pure oils to pull bacteria and fungus out of the mouth and throat.

Oils such as coconut, sunflower and olive oil can be used, although it is said that sesame oil is considered one of the best.

Some recommend alternating oils every few days for the best results.

Some of the benefits of oil pulling are:

    Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws     Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis     Prevention for bad breath     Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums     Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat     Possible holistic treatment for TMJ and general soreness of the jaw area

People that “oil pull” state that it has helped whiten their teeth, alleviate halitosis and even reduce gingivitis. In many cases, people also claim that it helps “prevent” cavities, as well as relieve gum and tooth sensitivity.

If patients embrace oil pulling as part of their daily teeth cleaning regimen, they should adhere to a few guidelines:

    Swish gently. If your jaw starts aching after five minutes, slow down. You’re working too hard!     Do not swallow the oil while swishing. If you find it hard not to, you likely have too much oil in your mouth. Spit it out and try again with a smaller amount.     Once you have finished pulling, spit the solution into the trash, Do not discard that oil in the sink or down the toilet because over time the oil may build up and clog the pipes.     Do not drink anything before rinsing your mouth. Rinse with water first before consuming a beverage.

Try it and let us know what your results are.

Wishing you a hot and happy June!

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