Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

I started oil pulling a few years ago, and I do it regularly. In fact, I pulled this morning!

 

Oil pulling is “an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria!” – Wellness Mama

 

There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria in the mouth stick to the surface of our teeth and form what we know as “plaque.” If plaque gets out of hand it can cause all sorts of problems. The way oil pulling works is simple. Authority Nutrition tells us, “When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria ‘get stuck’ in it and dissolve in the liquid oil. Basically, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.”

 

Oil pulling is kind of like using an oil as mouthwash, and it’s so effective!

 

Here’s how to do it:

1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. (Organic Raw Coconut Oil is what I prefer because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it tastes good!)

2. Swish the oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. (Start with 5 minutes and work up to 20. “The longer you pull, the more bacteria you’ll remove” – Web MD). If your jaw starts aching, slow down and relax it. All you need to do is GENTLY swish, push, and suck the oil through your teeth.

3. Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.

4. Smile! #myhealthysmile

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To learn more of Coconut Oil’s wonderful benefits, check this 101 list by Wellness Mama: “101 Uses for Coconut Oil”

 

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