I’ve read this article recently on Oil Pulling also known as “kavala” or “gundusha” an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique. The technique involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 10 – 20 minutes. You can use whatever oil you like but coconut oil is a great one because of its antibacterial properties.
So what will oil pulling do for you?Oil Pulling works by binding to the plaque in the teeth and reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. It is said to aid sleep, reduce bad breath, detoxify the body, improve gum health, whiten teeth and it apparently works wonders on a hangover!
I decided to give it a go today, I started with a teaspoon of coconut oil as I couldn’t face a tablespoon! It feels horrible having a chunk of oil melting in your mouth but mercifully it has no taste and melts quite quickly. I didn’t think I would last 5 minutes let alone 20 but I actually did so I was really impressed with myself. The oil gets thicker the longer it is in your mouth as it expands as it mixes with saliva in your mouth and bacteria adheres to it. Once my 20 minutes were up and I spit it out, I followed by rinsing out my mouth with salt and water and brushed my teeth. My first thought was my teeth felt really clean, cleaner than after my usual morning and night routine. They also looked slightly whiter which I was thrilled with. The oil residue didn’t stay in my mouth once I had rinsed with the salt and water either. Overall, I would definitely try it again now that I know I can handle the oil texture. Although it is important to remember that oil pulling shouldn’t replace your daily routine or regular dental check ups and could be an added benefit to your regular routine.
So Happy Smiles!x