Which is the Best Oil to Use for Oil Pulling?

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Why should you do this?

Oil pulling doesn’t take the place of brushing and flossing the same way using mouthwash wouldn’t take the place of brushing. Oils will bind to the plaque on your teeth and hold it in suspension. Using oils with antibacterial compounds will kill bacteria in the mouth. One of the biggest bad guys in your mouth in the way of germs is something called streptococcus mutans. This bacteria has been well studied for the role it plays in gum disease and tooth decay. Doing oil pulling regularly has been shown to reduce the amount of these ugly bacteria in your mouth.

Gingivitis (gum disease) is caused when the plaque on the teeth and gums causes an irritation. Your immune system responds with inflammation in an attempt to attack the bacteria and plaque. Oil pulling will help kill the bacteria and remove the plaque that can lead to gum disease. Most people lose their teeth to gum disease, not cavities, so this is a great way to keep your natural teeth right up to your old age.

Ayurveda medicine states that oil pulling will cure more than 30 diseases but as of today, these are unproven. What has been proven, however, is that oil pulling will help cleanse and heal your mouth and there isn’t anyone on earth who doesn’t want some of that!


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Again, this won’t replace your toothbrush and floss, but it complements the routine. Remember also to spit out the oil, don’t swallow it!  Be sure to spit the oil into a trash can or a tissue. Spitting the oil out into the sink or toilet might clog your plumbing!

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