Have you heard of oil pulling? It is presently one of the latest trends in oral health and wellness, and it can offer some major benefits for your mouth. If you are in search of an easy and inexpensive way to improve your dental and oral health, oil pulling might be right for you.
The Basics of Oil Pulling
Oil pulling involves swishing certain oils around in the mouth daily for a prolonged period of time. For Ayurveda practitioners, sesame oil is preferred, but others may recommend coconut oil. Coconut oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, which helps with many oral health issues. You'll simply swish about a tablespoon of the oil around in your mouth for several minutes to receive the full benefits.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of oil pulling should give it a shot. One of the top benefits is that it reduces the risk of gingivitis. When your gums are red, swollen, and inflamed, you may be dealing with the early stages of gingivitis, but oil pulling can reduce plaque levels. This can improve your gum health.
Another study has found that oil pulling could help to re-mineralize the teeth. The natural re-mineralization process can actually help to reverse tooth decay in its earliest stages. Oil pulling reduces the number of decay-causing bacteria in the mouth and allows helpful bacteria to thrive.
Finally, if you suffer from chronic bad breath, oil pulling may be helpful. Other remedies like mouthwash could actually make the problem worse, as the alcohol in mouthwash could dry out the mouth. Oil pulling will boost the production of saliva to wash away odor-causing materials.
Do you have questions about oil pulling and other ways to improve your oral health? If so, give our office a call. We'll set up an appointment for a cleaning and evaluation to better determine your oral health needs.