What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling or oil swishing (an ancient Ayurveda remedy) is the process of putting oil in the mouth (usually sesame or organic coconut oil) and then swishing it around for 15 – 20 minutes. As you are swishing the oil in your mouth, the toxins from your body accumulate in the oil and saliva in your mouth, so you cannot swallow any of it. Once you have reached your desired swishing time you than spit out the oil along with any toxins. This process is repeated on a daily basis with the theory that it helps improve oral and overall health based on the Lauric Acid in the oil drawing all of the toxins out.
Is Oil Pulling For You?
Is oil pulling something you want to get involved in simply because it is considered “all-natural” and is the latest fad in holistic health? We’re going to look at some of the cons of oil pulling when it comes to using this type of treatment.
Does Oil Pulling Have Any Benefits?
There is very little scientific testing done on oil pulling. If you swish mouthwash or even water around in your mouth for that long, you’re going to shake some bacteria loose, and that’s always good for your teeth and gums. It might help your breath too. That’s about where the benefits end.
The Negative Aspects or “Cons” of Oil Pulling
First and foremost, the biggest con with oil pulling is that some people think this is a substitute for good oral care. You can’t stop brushing twice a day, flossing, or using mouthwash just because you oil pull. Oil pulling was probably the best dental care available in India when they first came up with the idea.
The second big oil pulling con is that this is a long and inconvenient process for minor and unproven benefits. You have to swish oil around in your mouth for 15+ minutes. You can’t swallow during that time as it is said that the swishing process makes the oil in your mouth “toxic”. You have to swish vigorously, which can also be a big be a strain on the jaw, tongue and mouth in general. Also many people who try this don’t like the taste of oil enough to have only that flavor in the mouth for so long.
Another thing people try oil pulling for is teeth whitening. There are claims that oil pulling may be one of the better and more natural ways to whiten teeth, but again, there’s no scientific data to back up those claims, and there are much better ways that have been developed to whiten teeth and do so much more quickly.
Is Oil Pulling for You?
While there are obviously many cons to oil pulling, if you still decide to give it a try, remember these things.
- Don’t stop brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
- Be careful not to use highly processed oils that may have chemicals in them.
- Never swallow the oil. You could get sick to your stomach.
A safer bet is to stick to scientifically proven methods of oral care.
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