How To Oil Pull:
Oil pulling should be done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Before eating or drinking anything, put a tablespoon of organic, cold-pressed vegetable oil (I like coconut best) into your mouth, and swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes until you can work up to a full 20 minutes, before spitting it out (into the toilet).
Never swallow or gargle the oil because it is full of toxins. After spitting it out I like to rinse with hot water, scrape my tongue with a spoon, rinse further and brush my teeth thoroughly with fluoride free toothpaste or baking soda. (see homemade toothpaste video here). I also like to clean my toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide at least once a week.
(If you like you can further wash out your mouth with baking soda or sea salt, because it creates an alkaline environment not beneficial to bad bacteria to thrive.)
The first few times you might have a gag reflex but just relax and read or check your emails while doing it and that should go away after a couple days.
According to my sources below Oil Pulling is reported to help heal or cure: "Mouth & Gum Disease, tooth pain, helps to rebuild teeth and gums and helps with bleeding gums. Stiff Joints, Allergies, Asthma, High Blood Sugar, Constipation, Migraines, Bronchitis, Eczema are possible ancillary benefits as well.
Oil pulling is a natural tooth whitener, prevents bad breath, helps to clears skin, can help regulate menstrual cycles and may improve PMS symptoms for women.
I personally have noticed whiter teeth, stronger teeth and gums, a heightened sense of taste, better taste in my mouth, and since oil pulling I very seldom have to deal with bad breath.
Oils to use:
You have to use an Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin coconut oil or Sunflower oil or sesame oil. I like these two very much:
Nutiva - Glass Jar (preferred)
Or Tropical Traditions
Why oil pull over mouthwash? - Ingredients for mouthwash include cancer-causing, mouth-flora-altering ingredients such as alcohol, sorbitol, polaxamer 407, flavoring, benzoate, sodium saccharin, and a couple of types of artificial food colorings to name a few. Mouthwash irritates gums and inside of mouth is a direct connection of blood stream so these chemicals will move through your body. A 2009 review in the Dental Journal of Australia confirmed the link between alcohol-based mouthwashes and an increased risk of oral cancers.
For Complete Oral Health I recommend this Process:
- - Oil Pulling (instead of any mouth wash)
- - Then brush with this baking soda toothpaste in the morning (after oil pulling).
- - Then brush with The Bentonite Clay toothpaste in this blog at night
- - Whiten teeth is desired with one of these options
- - And of course following a low sugar, low flour diet.
Here are some sites that talk about oil pulling:
coconut oil and tooth decay: wakeup-world.com/2013/01/09/coconut-oil-could-help-fight-tooth-decay/
Sources for mouthwash: