An oil pulling is a process where the oil is being used to remove bacteria and also promote healthy teeth and gums. The oil pulling can contribute to your good dental health wherein it provides various effects on your mouth. An oil pulling is an old tradition and it is originated from India. This process is being mentioned and used in the early text of Ayurvedic Medicine or the Charaka Samhita.
Oil pulling is an excellent procedure for detoxifying by swishing a teaspoon of oil (preferably use sesame oil, olive oil, or coconut oil) for 10-20 minutes without swallowing it. The oil pulling cleanses or detoxifies the oral cavity and it literally removes the toxins out from the mouth wherein it creates a clean and antiseptic oral environment that contributes a proper flow of dental liquid that will prevent cavities and disease.
Oil pulling can transform the health of a person. Knowing that the mouth is the place where millions of fungi, viruses, bacteria, and other toxic resides. The oil acts as a cleanser, it removes the harmful agents before they spread throughout the body. It boosts up the immune system, reduces stress, heals internal inflammation and aids well-being.
The oil pulling is being used as a remedy for certain gum diseases that are used for centuries in India such as killing bad breath, curing tooth decay, it whitens the teeth, prevents heart disease, reduce inflammation, prevents cavities, soothe throat dryness, it heals cracked lips, improves acne, strengthens gums and jaws, and boosts immune system.
Many adults from other countries are having some periodontal (US) disease and the disease is ranging from a simple gum inflammation to a serious disease that will cause a major damage to the soft tissue and bone that is supporting the teeth. Teeth are usually lost during the worst case scenario of the disease.
Periodontal Common Diseases:
Gingivitis is a common periodontal disease and known to be a mild type of gum disease. Gingivitis will cause redness, swelling and irritation to the gums. Because of its mild symptoms, a person who has a gingivitis may not be aware of the current condition. Having this kind of disease should still be taken seriously and should be treated promptly. Gingivitis will still lead to a more serious gum disease and the tooth may eventually fall when not being treated immediately.
The most common cause of acquiring gingivitis is usually poor hygiene. Good oral habits which include, brushing teeth twice a day, flossing daily and getting regular dental check-ups can prevent mild to severe gingivitis. The plaque is usually invisible, sticky film composed mainly of bacteria. The presence of plaque on teeth is from the food with starches and sugars and interacted with bacteria at the same time that is normally found inside the mouth. Removal of plaque requires daily removal because it easily re-forms within 24 hours. When plaque stays on teeth longer than three days, it will harden under the gum line turning into tartar (calculus).
Tartar will also develop due to the mineral content present in the saliva. It makes the plaque more difficult to be removed and will create a protective shield for the bacteria. Tartar cannot be removed easily by brushing and flossing only.
Healthy gums are known to have gums that are pale pink in color. When gums are puffy, dusky red, and will bleed easily, you may probably have a gingivitis. Signs and symptoms of having gingivitis includes:
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Gums easily bleed when brushed and flossed
- Bad breath
- Soft puffy gums
- Tender gums occasionally
- A change in color of the gums (from healthy pink to dusky red)
The longer will plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more it will irritate the gingiva (the part of a gum around the base of teeth). In time, the gums will become swollen and will bleed easily. Tooth decay is possible to happen as an end result.
The risk factors of having gingivitis are:
- Using tobacco
- Old age
- Certain medications
- Dry mouth
- Poor nutrition
- An ill-fitting dental restoration
- Poor oral health habits
- Low immunity due to leukemia, HIV/AIDS. or other conditions
- Viral and fungal infections
- Hormonal changes (related to pregnancy, menstrual cycle, or using of birth control pills)
Untreated gingivitis will cause different conditions in progressing from gums that may spread to the underlying tissue and bone (periodontitis). Having periodontitis may also be associated with:
- Lung disease
- Heart attack
- Premature birth and baby with low birth weight. In women
Periodontitis is having a serious gum infection that results to damaging soft tissues and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. The Periodontitis may cause tooth loss or worst, increased risk of stroke and heart attack and other serious health problems.
The periodontitis is a common disease and still considered to be a preventable disease. This is usually the result of a poor oral hygiene.
Signs and symptoms of having Periodontitis are:
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- New spaces developed between teeth
- Gums are tender when touched
- Swollen gums
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gums that are pulling away the teeth, making teeth look longer than normal
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Bad taste in gums and teeth
- A change in the way the teeth fit together when you are biting.
There are different types, or classes of having Periodontitis, such as:
- Chronic Periodontitis – the most common and mostly affecting adults. However, children can also be affected.
- Aggressive periodontitis – usually begins during the childhood or early adulthood and affects only a few number of people.
The Periodontitis are said, to begin with a plaque which is a sticky film that composed mainly of bacteria. The plaque usually forms on teeth when starch and sugar from the food interact with bacteria normally that is found in the mouth. Brushing and flossing of teeth will remove plaque. However, plaque still re-forms quickly, usually within 24 hours.
Continuous inflammation of such will eventually cause pockets to develop in between the gums and teeth that will be filled with plaque, bacteria, and tartar. The bacteria will deposit endotoxin; which is a byproduct of their own and responsible for the inflammation around the teeth. Through time, the pockets will become deep and will accumulate more bacteria, eventually, will advance under the gum tissue. These infections will cause a loss of tissue and bone. If much of the bone were destroyed, it may result in losing one or more teeth.
The factors that will increase the risk of periodontitis, includes:
- Poor oral health habits
- Tobacco use
- Low immunity due to leukemia, HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy
- Old age
- Poor nutrition
- Hormonal changes (related to pregnancy or menopause)
- Certain medications
- Poor – fitting dental restorations
- Substance abuse
- Problems in the way the teeth fit together when you are biting.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- Respiratory problems
- Tooth loss
- Coronary artery disease
- Premature, low birth weight
Some research said that the bacteria that are responsible for the periodontitis can enter the bloodstream through the gum tissue, affecting the lungs, heart, and other parts of the body.
The Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, recently highlight a study that has a holistic approach to oral health and discovered that the oil pulling is one of the most effective natural health solutions that can prevent tooth decay and loss. According to the authors of the study:
“Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. Using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative. The exciting aspect of this healing method is its simplicity. Ayurveda advises oil gargling to purify the entire system; as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organs such as to the kidneys, lungs, liver, heart, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine, similarly to reflexology and TCM.
The oil pulling can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth. One of the main bacteria in the mouth is the Streptococcus mutans and it is a key player in the build-up of plaque and tooth decay. The coconut oil has been known to balance the hormones, it can kill candida, improves digestion, it moisturizes the skin, reduce cellulite, decrease wrinkles and age spots, Balance blood sugar and improve energy, improves Alzheimer’s, Increase HDL and LDL Cholesterol, and can burn fat.
Coconut oil Pulling Procedure:
- Oil pull first thing in the morning after getting up from the bed and before brushing the teeth or drinking anything.
- Swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes. Make sure not to swallow the oil.
- Spit out the oil to the trash, not in the sink since the oil will clog up the drainage. Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water. Use salt water with added antimicrobial properties.
- Brush your teeth as normal.
Do the procedure 3-4 times a week with the coconut oil and can also add essential oils to the mixture.
Coconut oil Pulling with Essential Oils:
Essential oil is known to have a potent antimicrobial and antifungal properties and they can easily enhance the oil pulling experience. When essential oil absorbed into the oral mucosa, the body will experience the antioxidant property and medicinal effect.
- Prepare a mixture of 3 drops wild orange lemon and peppermint into a 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- If experiencing infection and sickness: using the same amount above, mix clove oil, cinnamon oil, or tea tree oil as a homeopathic remedy
There are more benefits in Oil Pulling, like:
- It whitens the teeth
In using the coconut oil for pulling, the teeth don’t need any chemical to whiten the teeth because it has a natural property that helps whiten the teeth. The coconut oil has a natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that will help whiten and cleanse the teeth, at the same time keeping the teeth pearly white. Use coconut oil for oil pulling in two weeks, you can see best results.
2.It increases energy
Our immune system has the job to cleanse out and remove the toxic waste in our body and the energy levels of our immune system usually decrease. The coconut oil helps in removing the harmful agents in the body and lessens the amount of work our body needs to do the function, which leaves our body feels better.
- Detoxify our bodies
The bacteria, virus, fungi, and other harmful agents that attack our body are usually the cause of inflammation and may lead to different diseases and illness as a result. The quick and main passage of acquiring such is through our mouth. So, it is best to remove the toxins immediately before it spreads out into the bodies and may cause different infection. With the use of the coconut oil, it can help detoxify our bodies.
- Aids Hormonal Changes
Hormonal changes are normal for people, especially for women. The oil pulling can help balance the hormones in the body by using coconut oil in aiding hormonal changes.
- Reduces Headaches
Headaches and migraines occur when our body is under stress. By removing the bacteria through oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.
- Clear Skin
The benefits of oil pulling can extend its effects to the skin. By removing the toxins from the body, it will also reach to the bloodstream making the skin shine. The issues on skin and rashes will reduce, or even clear up completely when oil pulling was done.
- Promotes Oral Hygiene
Oil pulling is an effective tool to reduce tooth cavities and removes bad breath. Removing Streptococcus mutans bacteria and other harmful toxins through oil pulling is great in maintaining good oral health. It also aids in plaque-induced gingivitis.
In doing oil pulling, you might experience positive effects immediately or some effects will take few days or weeks before it happens. It will always depend on the current health of a person, and how compromised is the immune system is.