“AND WHILE OIL PULLING MAY SEEM A LITTLE “WOO WOO” AT FIRST, MANY STUDIES HAVE PROVEN THAT THE PRACTICE CAN BE EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL TO ORAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE.”
— DR. SARA GOTTFRIED, MD
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
As our society continues to take interest in integrating more natural health practices and remedies into our daily routines, many long-standing practices have worked their way into the spotlight, including oil pulling.
Although it may seem like the new popular thing to do for your health, oil pulling is actually an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal practice that has been used by many people for thousands of years.
The practice of oil pulling is typically done by using an oil to swish around the mouth and pull through the teeth and gums for a short time each day and then spit out. This technique is used as a holistic preventative measure and remedy for a variety of health issues, but this simple daily action is most commonly touted as a way to remove bacteria from the mouth and promote strong oral health.
HOW DOES OIL PULLING WORK?
There is nothing magic about it. It’s just chemistry. Our mouth contains billions of microorganisms. Some of these organisms are benign while a great number are disease-causing bacteria.
Most microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell, which are covered with a lipid (fatty) membrane. When these cells come into contact with oil, “a fat,” they naturally adhere to each other.
As you swish oil around your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as though they are being drawn to a powerful magnet. The longer you push and pull the oil through the mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. Spit out these toxins trapped in the oil and, viola, your mouth is now fresh and clean!
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