Oil pulling is an ancient practice associated with Ayurveda, which essentially involves swishing oil around in your mouth for few minutes to remove bacteria and promote dental hygiene. Traditionally sesame oil was used, still coconut oil, Olive Oil also go well.
The reason it s so important to pull out harmful bacteria in your mouth, using any method, is because bacteria can contribute to serious problems like tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. Oil pulling is also used 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 more importance these days 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.
Steps to do oil pulling:
Measure one tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, or olive oil work best).
Swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes, as much as you can, but do not swallow.
Spit the oil out once done.
Rinse your mouth well, using water before eating or drinking anything.
You can do this up to 3 times a day. or as you like.
In spite of all these health benefits, it is no alternative for brushing your teeth every day, So make sure to brush your teeth well along with oil pulling.