Oil-pulling claims to have benefits for many oral and bodily ailments, but is it too good to be true?
My first instinct? Yes. This Thursday’s topic is another request by a reader who needed to find out more! Is oil pulling the real deal or is it just another fad? So I tried it for two weeks and I’m ready to share the results with you.
- -Heals cavities
- -Improves gum health
- -Strengthens teeth and enamel
- -Reduced sensitivity
- -Better breath
- -Oil pulling, an Indian folk remedy, has been around for years but has just recently attracted more attention as part of the self-sustaining and healthy living wave that has hit us (and I couldn’t be happier!)
- -There are countless individuals who support the claims about the benefits of oil-pulling, but I had to do some research for myself. I was completely surprised to find that there have actually been studies performed on the efficacy of oil-pulling, and the results surprised me more:
- -According to the Indian Journal of Dental Research, it actually works: “The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.”
- -The Asia Journal of Public Health also agrees, stating that “[r]esults from the present study could be scientific evidence to demonstrate that oil-pulling therapy with some edible oils could probably be used as a preventive home therapy to maintain oral hygiene…”
- -There have not been many significant American studies performed on oil pulling, but with the recent rise in its popularity there may be soon!
According to Henry Happened, it’s a very simple process.
- -1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil – I know most of you have coconut oil stocked up at home by now. For more on the benefits of coconut oil visit here.
- -Swish around in your mouth and between your teeth – I used to do this with Jello as a child, which now that I think of it was probably awful for my teeth. It feels strange at first but you get used to it.
- -Continue this for 5-20 minutes – This seems like a very long time, and it is. I usually just made it past the five minute marker because my face muscles were sore and my mouth was full of drool. My point exactly:
- -Extra – After the third day I added peppermint essential oil to the oil so give it a mouth wash flavour. Coconut oil doesn’t taste bad, but it’s certainly not something we are used to. I would highly recommend this step!
- -Spit in garbage – any type of oil or grease will clog your drains, so don’t spit it in the sink!
So what’s the deal?
- -It’s difficult to tell if the results were because of the oil pulling, or because I was paying more attention to my oral health. Either way, IT WORKS!
- -The biggest benefit for myself was reducing tooth sensitivity.
- -I also noticed that my gums were healthier; I think my dentist will be proud!