OIL PULLING involves swishing 1 TBSP of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spitting out. It has been shown to help against gingivitis, plaque and microorganisms that cause bad breath. Oil adheres to the funky-nasty lipids in your mouth and you spit them to their doom. Think of this as a good practice to add to your oral hygienic norm - don't replace oil pulling with brushing and flossing. This natural remedy is typically done using sesame, safflower or coconut oil but coconut has been shown to have an added defense against tooth decay.
Ahhh COCONUT oil! It's one of my favorite things in life, literally use it daily. I use to cook with, as a facial cleanser, on my hair for shine and as a massage oil for my clients. It's white and solidified when cooled, but can liquify into oil form with the warmth of your palms - MAGIC and SCIENCE! I buy mine from Trader Joe's because that's where I shop most often, but you can find this stuff in most health food and grocery stores.
A couple things to share from my personal experience :
- consistency of coconut oil in your mouth may take some getting used to. not good or bad - just different
- do not spit oil in the sink, you'll ruin your drains and pipes - opt to spit in the trash
- swishing for 20 minutes is a long time, maybe start with 7-10 minutes per day
It's a simple, quick and easy addition to your oral hygiene routine.