Dental Health with Oil Swishing
Evidence That Oil Pulling Eradicates Harmful Bacteria
By Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D.
Good News! You can now say “good-bye” to tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, loose teeth, and bleeding and receding gums, and say “hello” to a bright white smile and healthy pink gums. How is this possible? With coconut oil!
Believe it or not, a spoonful of coconut oil can clean your teeth more thoroughly than brushing, flossing, and gargling with antiseptic mouthwash. In addition, it will help prevent tooth decay better than fluoride, without the toxic side effects.
Some people brush their teeth using coconut oil, but I’m not talking about using coconut oil as a replacement for toothpaste. I’m talking about a whole new way to keep your teeth white and your breath fresh, and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The method I’m referring to is called oil pulling. Never heard of it? Well, it’s about time you had.
Oil pulling really isn’t new. It is a modified version of oil gargling, which comes from Ayurvedic medicine and dates back thousands of years. Various oils have been used for oil gargling, but for oil pulling, coconut oil works best.
The process of oil pulling is very simple. You put a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and swish it around for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. The coconut oil is “worked” in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and sucking it through the teeth. As you work the oil, it sucks up bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous. Don’t swallow it! When you are finished pulling, spit it into the trash. I don’t recommend discarding it in the sink or down the toilet because over time the oil may build up and clog the pipes. After spitting, rinse your mouth with water.
Oil pulling is best done first thing in the morning before eating breakfast. After eating, brush your teeth as you normally would. Oil pulling can be done one to three times a day, on an empty stomach. Just before meals is a good time.
The coconut oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums, it “pulls” out bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the motor oil you put in your car engine. The motor oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our mouths, our teeth and gums work better and last longer.
We have billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites living in our mouths. There are over 600 species of bacteria alone that make our mouths their home. Many of these bacteria produce toxins as by-products, which damage the teeth and irritate the gums, causing inflammation and bleeding. An overgrowth of these bacteria leads to tooth decay and gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. Discolored teeth, plaque (bacteria colonies), tarter (calcified plaque), cavities, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and chronic bad breath are all signs of an overgrowth.
Despite regular brushing, flossing, and the use of antiseptic mouthwashes, tooth decay and gum disease are major health problems. Read full article here.