I was talking to a friend of mine the other evening who is also into healthy living. He was telling me about a method for cleaning teeth and the mouth with oil. The method is called oil pulling and is said to not only be beneficial for oral healthy but also beneficial to many other ailments such as arthritis, hormonal problems and skin issues like eczema to name a few. Oil pulling is said to rid the body of toxins, bacteria and parasites and acts as a detoxification system. Users say that they notice, tighter, whiter and cleaner teeth. The method has it’s roots in Ayurvedic Medicine, but the current method that most people use was introduced in 1992 by Dr. F. Karach, M.D.
The method requires the user to take a tablespoon of an unrefined vegetable oil such as sesame, sunflower or coconut oil in the mouth in the morning, before breakfast and on an empty stomach. The oil is swished around the mouth and pulled between the teeth for 15-20 minutes. The oil goes from it’s normal thick consistency to a thinner consistency as it is mixed with the saliva in the mouth. After 15-20 minutes the oil is spit out. The oil should not be swallowed. The expelled oil should be whitish in color. If it is still yellow, the oil was not pulled enough. The change in consistency is because the oil is now toxic and full of the bacteria that was in the mouth. Oil pulling is also said to draw out toxins from the gums and contribute to the whitish color.
I figured since I always have extra virgin coconut oil on hand, I figured that it would not hurt to try this method. I’ve always wanted whiter teeth and because I have a couple crowns, I am not able to use the over the counter whitening kits available. I started doing this method last week and the first thing that I noticed afterwards was that I didn’t feel like I needed to brush my teeth. It was kind of weird. I woke up and the first thing I did was to take a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil and start pulling. I kept it in for about 15 minutes while I checked my email and got ready for work. At first it was difficult to do, because I couldn’t help but think about the fact that I had a mouthful of oil. It truly was mind over matter in order for me to not gag. After I was done, I intended to brush my teeth, but my mouth felt clean. It felt totally opposite from how my mouth felt when I first woke up. No film, no build-up, nothing. Clean. Wow, I went online to check to see if you are supposed to brush afterwards. The answer that I found was that it is not necessary, but it is up to the user. A lot of users reported not feeling the need to brush. Some brushed just for good measure, while others did not. I am on the fence on the brushing, it just feels odd not to.
I am going to continue doing this method for at least a month and I will check back in after a month with an update on how this method is working for me. Thanks D for the tip!
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