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Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil for Oral Health

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Heal Your Mouth

In America, 64.7 million adults suffer from symptoms of gum disease.  Others find themselves frequented by cavities, bad breath, and  tonsil stones. 

Although brushing and flossing help to reduce the frequency of these problems, they almost never eliminate the risk altogether. 

There is one solution though, that will help keep your mouth healthy and happy while reducing bad bacteria. Drum roll please...Oil Pulling.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment used to detoxify the body and keep the mouth healthy. 

In the practice of oil pulling, the chemical principle of "like dissolves like"  is applied.  The over-simplified idea of this principle, is that water soluble items will dissolve in water, while fat soluble items will dissolve in fat.

In the case of oil pulling, the lipids found within the oil attract and "grab" the lipids of the bacteria, puss, toxins and other impurities.

Why Coconut?

Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil for Oral Health

Coconut has a unique chain of fatty acids and is touted as the best oil to eat. It is highly anti-bacterial in nature which allows it to remove toxins efficiently. It also consists of large amounts of lauric acid which  inhibits bad bacteria.

How to Pull Toxins

Step 1: In the morning before breakfast, take one teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil (solid or melted) and put it in your mouth.

Step 2: Swish this around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes.The time is important as it allows the lauric acid to kill bad bacteria.  It also gives the lipids a chance to penetrate and remove other toxins.

Step 3: Spit the oil out in the trash can (don't plug your sink!) and rinse your mouth well with warm water. DO NOT SWALLOW! Your mouth is now filled with toxins that you don't want to re-introduce to your system.

Step 4: Eat breakfast.

Step 5: Brush and floss your teeth as normal.

Step 6: Repeat this procedure 5-7 times a week. 

Does Pulling Work?

Studies performed in recent years suggest that pulling does indeed remove toxins and helps to prevent gum disease and new plaque from forming. 

The web is also chalked full of testimonies of people claiming that pulling has not only left their mouth cleaner, but also improved their overall health.

So, why not give it a try?

Note: this article is not intended to diagnose or cure disease, nor is it intended to offer medical advice. 

 

 

 

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Comments

Jun 13, 2014 4:54pm
RJMillman
I love oil pulling! I started doing this a couple of months ago and can really feel a difference each morning. I also found that it's very soothing for occasional sores or irritations in the mouth. Thanks for the great article.
Jun 13, 2014 6:55pm
BeBountiful
I love it too! It really works wonders for my sensitive teeth. Not to mention it gives me a brilliant excuse to take it easy and have some "me" time first thing in the morning ;)
Jun 19, 2014 12:14pm
bbodin89
I just heard about this last week from a friend. Love cooking with coconut oil and drinking it in my coffee. I am going to have to give this a try tomorrow morning.
Jun 19, 2014 12:14pm
bbodin89
I just heard about this last week from a friend. Love cooking with coconut oil and drinking it in my coffee. I am going to have to give this a try tomorrow morning.
Jun 19, 2014 12:14pm
bbodin89
I just heard about this last week from a friend. Love cooking with coconut oil and drinking it in my coffee. I am going to have to give this a try tomorrow morning.
Jun 19, 2014 9:37pm
BeBountiful
I hope it works for you!
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Bibliography

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