4 Big Benefits of Oil Pulling
Sure, we’ve made some impressive advancements in dental hygiene throughout the years; but oil pulling has proved to be a timeless holistic approach.
This ancient practice involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes before spitting it out, removing toxins and bacteria. Although the practice has been around for over 3,000 years (in India and throughout Asia), coconut oil pulling just recently gained traction in the United States because of the wide variety of benefits it offers.
1. Naturally whitens teeth
Visiting the dentist to get your teeth whitened is time-consuming and expensive. While we all want whiter teeth, it typically takes several appointments to get noticeable results and can cost anywhere from $500 to $1000.
At-home whitening kits are more convenient but also less effective. Plus, the chemicals in these kits can irritate your gums if applied incorrectly.
Oil pulling, on the other hand, naturally whitens your smile by eliminating the plaque and bacteria that contribute to yellow teeth. The process is efficient, inexpensive and does not require chemicals or bleach.
2. Enhances oral hygiene
In addition to whitening teeth, oil pulling is the holistic answer to better oral health overall.
Here’s something you may not know—or want to know: The average human mouth is home to billions of bacteria. While most of these microorganisms won’t cause you any harm, some like Streptococcus mutans can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Swishing with oil removes harmful bacteria before they can cause damage to teeth and gums.
How does this work? During the swishing process, the fatty membranes in the bacteria are attracted to the fatty compounds in the oil. This pulls the germs away from the surface of your mouth so they can be safely ejected when the oil is spat out.
3. Boosts your immune system
Your immune system is constantly on the defense against germs entering the body. Flushing out germs and toxins manually with oil pulling results in fewer bacteria for the immune system to fight.
Oil pulling also promotes the detoxification of other digestive organs and can help to restore gut health.
4. Strengthens facial muscles
Around 20 minutes of daily swishing is recommended to experience the full benefits of oil pulling. As people get into the habit, many report developing stronger facial muscles due to pushing the oil around their mouths.
In other words, regularly exercising your facial muscles helps them remain firm—giving your face a more youthful appearance.
Downsides to coconut oil pulling
Let’s be honest: it doesn’t sound pleasant to swish oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. The taste can be pretty off-putting, and what’s worse, coconut oil solidifies at temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This unappealing combination can discourage beginners, preventing them from developing a daily practice.
There is, however, another option. Dr. Ginger’s products give you the natural benefits of oil pulling without any of the discomfort.
Dr. Ginger’s Coconut Toothpaste, for example, harnesses the power of coconut oil while functioning like the regular toothpaste you’re accustomed to using.
Additionally, Dr. Ginger’s coconut mouthwash provides all the healthy benefits of coconut oil pulling, without the messy, uncomfortable experience of using pure coconut oil.
Love the holistic approach to dental health but hate the idea of oil in your mouth? Try Dr. Ginger’s products to get the full benefits of this ancient oral healthcare remedy.