What is Oil Pulling?
Oil Pulling has been trending on the internet these days. You might have heard from your friend or saw it on Youtube videos but did you know it’s not new.
Oil pulling is also known as ganduvsa is an ancient ayurvedic technique originated in India as a part of holistic healing practices for oral health and to detoxify the body.
Yes, you read it write, it not only can transform your oral health but can also have a significant impact on your overall health.
It has been in practice since 3,000 years ago.
When practiced regularly, it is claimed to cure 30 systemic diseases. It cures diseases by flushing toxins out of your body.
Read to know how to do it and it’s major benefits
How to Oil Pull?
Put a spoonful of coconut oil or any cold-pressed oil (Will see types of Oil later in the section) in your mouth and start to swish it back and forth in between your teeth for 15-20 minutes.
It sounds a long time, but you can do other activities like reading a book, watering your plants, or working around the house. You can also do it while showering.
Try not to swallow the oil while doing it to prevent the toxins from getting back in your body.
And do not spit the oil in the sink or it will clog over a period of time. You can spit the oil in a dustbin or a plastic cup or flush it in the toilet.
You will notice that the oil turns milky white and thinner, that is because of the toxins that got pulled out from your body.
After that rinse your mouth with salt water. This can be followed by brushing and flossing as you normally would.
The best time to perform is in the morning before breakfast in an empty stomach.
How it Works?
Well, microorganisms in our bodies are covered in lipids (fats). And oil also has fat so when you do oil pulling, the toxic microorganisms get attracted like a magnet to the oil and get pulled out towards our mouth.
In the process of removing bacteria and microorganisms, it also detoxifies body lymph nodes and glands which in short means it detoxifies your body.
This happens because our tongue is connected to major organs like kidney, liver, heart, intestines, spines, etc.
Benefits of Oil Pulling :
We now know what Oil Pulling and how does it work. So let’s find out about the major benefits.
One of the most claimed benefits of oil pulling is teeth whitening. But there is no scientific evidence to support it.
But evidence suggests that it removes stain from the surface of teeth which results in teeth whitening.
Killing Harmful Bacteria in Mouth
In a study done on the effect of Oil Pulling on oral hygiene observed a 20% reduction in bacterial count upon 40 days of Oil Pulling. Also observed the reduction in dental caries.
Reduction in Bad Breath
Halitosis is another term for bad breath and arises due to gingivitis and tongue coating.
It occurs due to bad oral hygiene. If you don’t brush or floss teeth daily then food particles can remain in your teeth leading to bacterial growth.
According to a study done in 2011, Oil Pulling can be as effective as chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms associated with halitosis. So, it can be used as a natural mouthwash alternative to chlorohexidine.
Cavities are caused due to tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when sugary food or food with carbohydrates like milk, bread, soda, fruit, or candy stay on your teeth.
Plaque can also cause a cavity. A study was done in 2017 on 20 adolescents for 10 days and it was found out that there was a significant decrease in plaque-induced gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a common gum disease caused by plaque-forming bacteria. Gingivitis causes swollen, red gums which sometimes causes bleeding.
A small study done in 2015 states that Oil Pulling can help in reducing the plaque formation and plaque-induced bacteria.
Strong And Sharp Jawline
When you swish the oil for 15-20 minutes, you are also exercising the facial muscles and oral cavity muscles. This is the added benefit apart from oral hygiene. This makes your jaw stronger and sharper.
Improve Overall Health
Oil Pulling improves bodily function by removing the toxic waste from the body.
When we inhale polluted air, eat unhealthy foods like fast foods, fried foods, packaged and processed foods. Then waste from these sticks to the walls of our intestines and forms a thick coating of bacteria, viruses, and molds.
Then they are transported to different organs through the bloodstream causing health problems.
If these sticks to our skin lining we call it acne, blocks the air passage it is called asthma. If accumulated in the intestine, then called constipation.
So if we remove these toxins from our body through oil pulling then we can save ourselves from these problems.
Types Of Oils
Mostly cold-pressed oil is used for oil pulling because it doesn’t have trans fats.
You can use any of the following cold-pressed oil. If you are allergic to certain oil then can use other oils that I have mentioned.
Coconut oil solidifies in cold temperature and could be a hassle to use it during wintertime so you can use other oils too.
The root of sesame contains chlorosesamone which has antifungal activity so it can reduce the fungal activity in your mouth. It also has polyunsaturated fatty acids that reduce free radical injury occurring in the oral cavity.
It strengthens the gums and removes the plaque-forming bacteria.
It contains lauric acid which is proven to be anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial which means it can fight back microorganisms causing bacteria.
oil also has antiseptic properties and can be used as a moisturizer. Coconut oil does not have any adverse effects that are produced by chlorhexidine such as brown staining and altered taste sensation.
It is rich in monosaturated fat called oleic acid, antioxidants and reduces inflammation. Also helps in preventing oral malodor (bad breathe). It is also believed to prevent plaque formation and inhibition.
This oil is also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E. These vitamins act as antioxidants and can be used for oil pulling.