Oil pulling a very old folk remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently it has been studied in Western medicine and shown to produce many benefits for oral and maxillofacial health. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Oil pulling is done by swishing oil in the mouth, similar to how individuals use mouthwash, for about ten to twenty minutes. It can effectively detoxify and clean the mouth. There are also some very unexpected and surprising benefits of oil pulling.
Strengthens The Teeth And Gums
The teeth are vulnerable to the build-up of plaque, bacteria, and cavities, which can all weaken the enamel. This causes tooth decay and irritates and inflames the gums. Oil pulling is shown to be as effective as mouthwash, and it also strengthens the teeth and gums. Swollen and inflamed gums often bleed easily and can indicate the beginnings of the development of gingivitis. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil, in particular, are effective in preventing plaque and reducing the number of bacteria in the mouth. This creates an environment in which teeth are able to sustain health and remain intact. The use of coconut oil also introduces mineral and fatty acid content that can help strengthen enamel and revitalize the gums.