More and more research is revealing that the health of your mouth is extremely critical to the health of your whole body. A dysbiotic oral cavity increases our risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and dementia. Oil pulling is an easy and inexpensive way to improve the balance of microorganisms in the mouth and improve our health.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing a pure oil around in the mouth to draw toxins from the body. This practice has immediate and tangible effects on conditions such as halitosis, gingivitis and dental plaque. Doing this regularly has been shown to improve the luster of the hair, clear the skin, whiten teeth, eliminate parasites, reduce joint pain and improve overall body odor.
The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene:
The balance of microorganisms plays an enormous role in the health of the overall body. Numerous studies, including a very large report done at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, have shown a connection between periodontal disease and increased risk of stroke and cognitive decline.
One of the major oral bacteria is streptococcus mutans, which when left unchecked will multiply in the mouth and secrete toxins into the body’s bloodstream. These toxins increase the inflammatory associated cytokine Interleukin-2 (IL-2) which is a strong contributor for the development of chronic disease. Elevated levels of IL-2 are particularly associated with endothelial (inner lining of the blood vessel) dysfunction which is correlated with heart disease, stroke and dementia.
Oil Pulling Goes Beyond What Brushing and Flossing Provide:
Brushing and flossing are obviously important for oral hygiene but oil pulling has some unique benefits. The oil pulling has been shown to bind, trap and eliminate more microorganisms and get into deep pockets within the teeth and into some regions around root canals.
Root canals are a constant breeding ground for bacteria as they are essentially dead tissue that bacteria consistently feed upon. You cannot brush or floss enough to get the infections out of the root canal. But 10 minutes of oil pulling 1-2 times a day can be extremely effective at minimizing infectious bacteria in the root canal and the overall oral cavity.
How to Practice Oil Pulling:
Use a high quality oil such as organic coconut oil, organic olive oil or organic sesame oil.
Upon waking in the morning, swish the oil in your mouth for 10 minutes ( you could go longer -15-20 mins). Avoid gargling the oil but instead use slow pulling motions and be sure to get the oil to all reaches of the mouth. Most people find that the oil feels thinner after the 10 minute mark. Never swallow any of the oil as it is full of toxins and microbes.
After finishing the oil swishing, spit the oil into the toilet. Put a cap full of hydrogen peroxide or a teaspoon of Himalayan salt into some clean water and wash the solution around your mouth to eliminate any of the toxic debris still in your mouth. Go ahead and brush your teeth real good to help eliminate any other toxins that would still be in your mouth.
Most people notice the health improvements within two weeks of beginning the oil pulling process. The typical benefits most experience include whiter teeth, better breath, better body odor, less joint pain and improved energy. The long-term benefits are invaluable as this may be one of the best strategies for reducing chronic disease risk. This process is simple, easy and inexpensive.