Really, Oil Pulling?

The practice of oil pulling (Ayurveda) is a form of mid-body health system that dates back nearly 3,000 years. The elders in India developed the form that has a basic thought that when balanced, your body has amazing powers to heal itself. It is recommended that you provide your body support through a healthy diet, adequate sleep, reduced stress, strong digestive process and living in tune with your natural constitution.

Ayurveda or oil pulling is the act of swishing and rinsing your mouth with oil. (Not motor oil!) This has been used in traditional Indian folk remedies to prevent tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and to strengthen your teeth and gums.

It is believed that oil pulling may have more extensive benefits to your health, but there are proven benefits for oral health. Cleansing your teeth and the smallest crevices along your molars that the bristles of your brush cannot reach can be achieved by oil pulling.

Use cold-pressed virgin coconut oil rather than the sesame and sunflower oils that are high in omega-6 fats. The root of both bad breath and cavity formation in your teeth is bacteria. Mechanical action of swishing and pulling oil will break down the membranes that are fat-soluble and has been demonstrated through research that pulling oils does improve the breakdown of bacterial membranes. The coconut oil will also protect against yeast infections in the mouth.

Measure out about a tablespoon of coconut oil to pull. The oil is solid below 76 degrees but will quickly liquefy once it is in your mouth and starts moving around. Use your tongue and cheeks to swish and pull the oil through your teeth, relaxing your jaw muscles. Do NOT gargle or swallow the oil, just spit it out and start again. This will break down that bacteria. Your saliva and bacteria become incorporated into the oil, so you don’t want to swallow it. Then after about 20 minutes the oil begins to get thick and milky white. Spit the oil into your garbage can or outdoors. Do not get any on your plants. The oil could also coat your plumbing and cause a blockage so that water drains more slowly. Just spit it in the garbage!

Many other substances in toothpaste have greater success with repair and re-mineralization of dentin than fluoride toothpaste. It would take 10,000 layers to achieve the width of a single strand of your hair. Just chewing quickly eliminates the fluorapatite layer from your teeth. Fluoride toothpaste might also be the single largest source of fluoride ingestion in young children which is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis. Otherwise, swallowing fluoride is detrimental to you and your children’s health as it is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time that will change your enzymes and produce serious neurological and endocrine dysfunction.

A profound systemic effect on your physical health is from your oral health. The health of your gums and soft tissue is a window that views your health. Your mouth is also the entryway for pathogens and toxins that demonstrate oral infections are linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Did you know that poor dental health might also increase your risk of dementia? More than 4,000 adults over the age of 65 were evaluated, and those with the fewest teeth without dentures had a far higher risk of dementia than those with 20 or more teeth. Reduce your net carb intake to meet your insulin level requirements, use toothpaste containing natural ingredients, eat a diet rich in fresh, whole foods, grass-fed meats and fermented vegetables, floss and brush daily and pull with that coconut oil once a day for at least 20 minutes to reduce bacterial growth, strengthen your teeth, reduce bad breath and lower your risk of gum disease.

– Dr Fredda Branyon
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