Oil Pulling - A Natural Dental Therapy
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
Oil pulling, also known as 'Gundusha' is a technique that has been used for 1000's of years by our ancestors and is still used as an Ayurvedic treatment for killing bacteria in the mouth, improve oral hygiene and also treat several diseases including migraines, thrombosis, eczema, diabetes and asthma. It basically involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for 20 minutes, then spitting it out.
HOW TO DO OIL PULLING?
STEP 1: Take 1 table spoon of wood-pressed coconut, sesame or mustard oil
STEP 2: Swish it around in your mouth for approximately 15-20 minutes
STEP 3: Spit the oil after done
STEP 4: Make sure to rinse your mouth with water before eating or drinking.
HERE ARE 5 BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING
1. Kills Harmful Bacteria in the mouth: The bacteria in our mouth are responsible for problems like cavities and other gum problems. A few studies have shown that oil pulling helps reduce the bacteria as well as fungal overgrowth in our mouth.
2. Treats Bad Breath: Ever woken up in the morning and your mouth stinks? Roughly about 50% of the population has a condition known as Halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. Studies have shown that oil pulling works as effective as an antiseptic mouthwash containing Chlorhexidin.
3. Prevents Cavities: A problem that all of us must have faced at some point in our life because of eating too much sugar. Often plaque can also form cavities, Plaque forms a coating on teeth and is comprised of bacteria, saliva and food particles. The bacteria begin to break down the food particles, forming an acid that destroys tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. Evidence shows that specifically, using sesame oil helps to reduce the number of germs in both teeth plaque and mouth saliva.
4.Benefits Beyond Mouth: There is Ayurvedic belief that Oil pulling helps in migraine/headache relief increases energy, aids hormone changes, helps reduce insomnia keeps your skin clear, reduces hangover after alcohol consumption and helps detoxify the body.
5. Healthy Alternative to Mouthwash: Oil pulling is a natural, Ayurvedic and healthy alternative to a mouthwash that you can find in your home. There is evidence that it also helps in whitening of our teeth.