Oil Pulling- A Habit that Can Transform Your Oral Health!

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Oil pulling is a traditional home remedy that has been used extensively for centuries in India. Its popularity has risen to high levels. It is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for detoxification. It has become a modern trend since the 90s. It is also known as oil swishing. According to the history if done regularly oil pulling has claimed to cure many systemic diseases by drawing out the toxins from the teeth and gums and from the entire body.

How to Oil Pull?

It is a time-tested practice of swirling one tablespoon of vegetable oil in the mouth for 10 minutes and then spitting it out. Try beginning with 3-5 minutes and then work up to 15minutes. If you feel really brave try doing it twice daily. It can be done with coconut oil, sunflower oil, sesame seed oil or olive oil. Most commonly coconut oil is used as it an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory in action. It can be combined with turmeric for the most reliable benefits. It is best to do oil pulling after brushing and flossing as brushing removes the biofilm. It is an easy and affordable way of improving your oral health.

What does Oil Pulling do?

Firstly, the oil gets mixed with the saliva, converting it into a thin white liquid. Lipids present in the oils pull out toxins from the saliva. While oil is swished in the mouth, the oil continues to absorb toxins and ends up turning thick, viscous and white. Once the oil gets this consistency, it has to spit out before the toxins are reabsorbed.

It creates a saponification or a detergent effect that cleanses the mouth and act as a barrier against harmful bacteria. It reduces fungal overgrowth as well. It helps in cellular restructuring.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

  • Strengthening of teeth, gums, and jaws

  • Kills bad breath

  • Prevents diseases of teeth and gums

  • Prevents gum bleeding

  • Prevents tooth sensitivity

  • May aid in the remineralization of teeth

  • Prevents dryness of lips, mouth, and throat

  • Cures oral thrush

  • Relief in a Migraine

  • Helps with allergies

  • Prevents heart disease

  • Supports kidney function

  • Reduces eczema

  • Reduces sinus congestion

  • Balancing hormones

  • Cure arthritis

  • May help with gastroenteritis

  • Helps with insomnia

  • Reduce hangover after alcohol consumption

  • Acts as a pain killer

  • Improved vision

Risks to Oil Pulling?

It is 100% safe and free of all the side effects if done correctly. In some of the people, it may result in lipid pneumonia if you regularly choke or aspirate on the oils you are using. Lipid Pneumonia is a condition where fat enters the lungs. Therefore, it is not recommended for children less than 5 years of age. Also, note oil pulling is not dangerous for pregnant mothers.

Other concerns are it can cause upset stomach or diarrhea if you use contaminated oil. In people who are allergic to the oil, they are using can experience stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting. While some claim there is a loss of appetite when they ingest some amount of oil while swishing it. If you do it for more than the recommended time there can be jaw stiffness. If you don’t urinate or pass stool before oil pulling you may feel the urge while doing. If you feel the urge, then don’t stop it and continue the process while sitting on the toilet seat. If a filling or crown loosens while oil pulling then you might have an infected tooth.

How to Avoid the Side Effects of Oil Pulling

  • Make sure you do brush, flossing and tongue cleaning just after you wake up.

  • The tongue should be used to sip the oil so that it sweeps over the teeth gums and palate.

  • Use your jaws as though you are chewing something.

  • If the oil does not change its viscosity or become thin or white after 10 minutes then you are doing it incorrectly.

  • Spit out the oil into your dustbin and not in the basin as the oil will clog the drain.

  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after spitting out the oil.

  • Take a gap for about 15 to 20 minutes before you eat or drink anything for the best results.

Dr. Madhvi Nagpal Nagpal, Dentist

Dr. Madhvi Nagpal Nagpal, Dentist

Dr. Madhvi Nagpal and her team of doctors have been practicing dentistry in New Delhi, India for the last 12 years. She is an experienced dentist with specialization in Dental Implants. She can be contacted here to know more about dental implant costs and procedure. She & her team of well qualified doctors and assistants use the latest equipment and materials in the dental treatments.

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