Worried about Oral Health? Have You Tried Oil Pulling?

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Whenever it's time to schedule a visit to the dentist people tend to concentrate more on their oral health. Of course, truly great oral health is only a result of consistent focus and attention, and the implementation of best practices. You know that you need to brush and floss regularly, but have you considered oil pulling as well?

Oil pulling therapy is considered to be a great way of removing bacteria and microorganisms from the deepest recesses of your mouth. Many single cell microorganisms such as gingivitis and plaque set up home in your mouth, and are significant enemies when it comes to tooth decay. Oil pulling will help to get rid of them.

What Exactly Is Oil Pulling?

This type of therapy can in fact be traced back more than 3,000 years to early Ayurvedic medicine. The process is not as painful or complex as it sounds. All you have to do is "swish" about a tablespoon of a certain type of oil around your mouth, before spitting it out. It's best to use coconut oil, but sunflower or sesame will work just as well.

How Does It Work?

The majority of these bad guy microorganisms consist of cells that are covered with a fatty membrane. When you put this oil in your mouth the fat content of the liquid naturally adheres to the fatty membrane of the cell. In other words, you are mopping up all of those bacterial organisms.

Coconut oil is favoured because it has lauric acid, shown by scientists to have anti-microbial agents. According to these studies, coconut oil may also be effective in actually preventing tooth decay.

What Should I Do?

For maximum efficacy, do this once per day and for at least five or 10 minutes at a time. The longer the process, the more bacteria you will pull and some experts advocate doing it for up to 20 minutes, if you can. Just concentrate on pushing, swishing and sucking all the oil through the gaps in your teeth, to be most effective.

Above all else, do not swallow! If you do, you will negate the exercise, as you will simply be re-ingesting those toxins. It's best if you spit the oil into an appropriate receptacle or paper towel and dispose in your waste bin, rather than down the drain. Oil and water do not mix and you could cause issues with your drainage system, or pollute nearby groundwater.

For more information, contact Rutherford Dental


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