Why is everyone talking about oil pulling?

The newest trend in dental hygiene

Why is everyone talking about oil pulling?
Stars Insider

12/12/18 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Dental hygiene

Perhaps you've seen it on the Internet, or a friend of a friend swears by it. However you've come by it, oil pulling remains an elusive trend with little formal research. That being said, it's been around for centuries.

Oil pulling is an ancient practice often associated with Ayurveda, which essentially involves swishing oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes to remove bacteria and promote dental hygiene.

Though traditionally sesame oil was used, today the practice is often endorsed with coconut oil. The many benefits of this cheap kitchen staple never end!

The reason it's so important to pull out harmful bacteria in your mouth, using any method, is because that bacteria can contribute to serious problems like tooth decay (those stubborn cavities), bad breath, and gum disease, according to Healthline.

Oil pulling is also said to combat inflammation, lessen jaw pain, improve sleep, alleviate hangovers, and decrease skin issues, as a complement to your overall health in addition to your oral health.

One of the main reasons it's gaining so much traction now is that people believe oil pulling could be a natural way to whiten your teeth. Some claim that it's able to pull stains from the surface of teeth, resulting in a whitening effect. The added benefits of its affordability and simple procedure only make it more appealing.

Here are the steps to oil pulling:

  1. Measure one tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, or olive oil work best).
  2. Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes. Don't swallow any!
  3. Spit the oil into the garbage once you're done, as oil buildups in the sink or toilet could result in clogging.
  4. Rinse your mouth well, using water before eating or drinking anything.
  5. Repeat a few times per week, or up to three times daily.

Bear in mind that 15-20 minutes is a long time, so it's best to work your way up, as the first few times may be difficult and may require some adjustment.

Unfortunately, oil pulling is not meant to replace the usual brushing, flossing, or routine cleanings. So, no, this is not a way to get out of going to the dentist.


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