Is oil-pulling just the latest health craze or does it go far beyond just the hype?
According to Ayurvedic texts oil pulling can do a lot for your oral health and overall health.
First let us have a look at some of the benefits:
Helps with sensitive teeth and strengthens gums, teeth and jaw. Some TMJ sufferers have tried it and now swear by it.
Helps preventing cavities and gingivitis.
Aids in detoxing your whole body.
Oil pulling has been reported to help those with morning breath.
Aids in regulation sleep.
But what exactly do you need to do in order to make most of these amazing benefits?
In theory it is quite simple, use a tablespoon of cold-pressed oil it can be sunflower, sesame, coconut, olive oil and swish your mouth with it.
Some advocates swear by doing this for as long as 15 to 20 minutes but if you are new to oil pulling you might need to start with only five minutes since the feeling of having oil in your mouth might be quite foreign for most. The whole idea is that you will move around the oil around your mouth without swallowing it, then you spit it.
Oil inside your mouth will not only turn white, the texture will also change. Also it is recommended that you either use baking soda or salt to swish your mouth after so as to clean the remaining oil from the mouth.
Some people recommend doing it everyday for at least 5 weeks in a row in order to experience all the benefits of this ancient practice.
Just a word of caution, remember that this oil is not meant to be swallowed, and if you think of it, the whole idea of using oil pulling is that the friction of the oil can effectively eliminate bacteria from your mouth, all of this bacteria needs to go out of your system not in.
By: Prisma Dental
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