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Oil Pulling: Whiter Teeth & Healthy Gums

Oil Pulling How-to - Paula Owens, MS Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Health PractitionerThe health of your teeth, mouth and gums has a profound impact on the health of your entire body. In fact, poor oral health and hidden dental infections can be making you sick, inflamed, diseased and tired.

Diet, immune function, chemical exposure, genetics, inflammation, microbial balance, nutrient deficiencies, and methylation all interact to affect oral health.

Research has shown that root canals, mercury fillings and other dental work can often leave behind toxins that are released into the bloodstream. Many cases of sudden heart attack have been traced to root canals or pulled wisdom teeth in which a cavitation remains or an infection develops. Leaky, infected root canals cause inflammation and hidden infections that can go undetected for years, and when left untreated can be a serious health hazard.

Oral Health and Disease

Poor oral hygiene and hidden dental infections are silent killers, a major source of inflammation, and an underlying cause of baffling health problems ranging from thyroid dysfunction to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other glandular and organ issues.

Tooth loss, silent dental infections, bleeding gums, periodontal gum disease and harmful bacteria that live in your mouth increase the risk of dementia, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and stroke.

“Periodontal diseases can predispose individuals to several systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, oral and colorectal cancer, GI diseases, respiratory tract infections and pneumonia, adverse pregnancy outcomes, diabetes, insulin resistance, and Alzheimer’s disease. [Biomed J. 2019 Feb]

Oral Health: Oil Pulling - Paula Owens, MS

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method of dental and systemic cleansing where you swish sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth. It works by removing disease-causing micro-organisms and toxins in the mouth that can cause poor health and disease.

Oil pulling has been used extensively for many years as an effective and affordable do-it-yourself chemical-free oral health remedy.

The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

  • Stronger immunity
  • Reduced bacteria and effective against bacterial biofilms
  • Improved oral microbiome
  • Fights bad bread
  • Reduced plaque-related gingivitis
  • Stops bleeding gums and reduces gum recession
  • Less gum inflammation
  • Naturally whitens teeth
  • Helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities

Oil Pulling How-to

DIY natural remedy for whiter teeth and healthy gums

1. Start with approximately one teaspoon (1/2 tsp. for young children) of either sesame or coconut oil in the mouth (preferably organic, non-GMO and cold-pressed). Coconut oil contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids and is approximately 50% lauric acid, which has the best direct antimicrobial effectiveness against bacteria and yeast, and has anti-inflammatory effects.

2. Swish the oil around in your mouth between the teeth for 5-10 minutes working up to 20 minutes. The oil will thin and turn milky white. If you’ve never tried oil pulling, start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 20 minutes.

3. The oil should not be swallowed. After 20 minutes, spit the oil out into the trash can and rinse your mouth with water or salt water (a mixture of water and Celtic sea salt). Then, floss and brush your teeth with fluoride-free toothpaste (of course!)

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