Oil pulling has become a recent trend in oral hygiene, but it has been around for thousands of years. Virgin coconut oil is the most commonly used product in this procedure thanks to its high level of antioxidants, pleasant taste, and antimicrobial properties.
How It’s Done
The technique is done by swishing a tablespoon of oil around your mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out. As you hold the oil in your mouth, it will draw out the toxins in your body when you spit out the remains. How do you know if oil pulling is right for you? Some of the reported benefits include:
- Whiter teeth
- Cavity prevention
- Bad breath reduction
- Healthier gums and teeth
- Clearer skin
- Headache relief
Though there are many forms of alternative medicine and home remedies on the market, there is a good deal of science behind oil pulling. At the very least, it has been shown to improve the health of teeth and gums while reducing bad breath. This happens when the virgin coconut oil coats the bacteria in the mouth, causing them to stick together and be flushed out when expectorated.
Tips For Trying It
Though oil pulling is no replacement for brushing and flossing, but it can be a beneficial addition to your dental routine. If you’re considering trying something new, that’s actually old, keep these tips in mind:
- Work your way up. Start off with just 5 minutes of swishing each day and work your way up to the full 20.
- Don’t swallow it. The more toxins you pull out, the more will be in your spit. Do not swallow this. When you do spit it out, do it into a garbage can to reduce clogs to your plumbing.
- Only use high-quality oil. Use good quality, virgin coconut oil to ensure that you’re not adding more toxins to your body than you’re removing.
It’s just one more way to use virgin coconut oil to improve health and wellbeing.
META – Thanks to its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, virgin coconut oil provides healthful benefits when used as a part of a daily oral care routine.