Oil pulling is a very popular ancient Indian Ayurvedic remedy that can maintain oral health. Recently, it has started gaining attention and popularity in the western countries as well. However, despite this growing popularity, many people do not have a complete knowledge and idea of what oil pulling is all about and how it is effective in maintaining oral health. The Battersea dentist recommends that you know about the procedure well.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is also known as oil swishing. In this procedure, you have to swish and swirl coconut oil or sesame oil in your mouth, for about 20 minutes. These oils have anti-bacterial properties and hence, they can ensure a bacteria-free mouth and improve the overall health of your mouth. Not just the oral health, but oil pulling also has the capability to improve your overall health in a number of ways.
Benefits of oil pulling:
There are a number of benefits of oil pulling and these are –
Freshness of breath
Clearing up acne problems
Solves liver issues
Maintains hormonal balances
When it comes to the benefits of oil pulling that are solely associated with the dental health, you will be amazed to know that oil pulling can –
Eliminate plaque deposition
Whiten your teeth
Prevent gingivitis and such other dental issues.
How does it work?
The mechanism of oil pulling is very simple. As you swish and swirl the oil in your mouth, it actually “pulls” out the bacterial deposition from the mouth. Since you will be swishing the oil for about 20 minutes in the mouth, there will be enough time for the oil to pull out the bacteria and also ensure that the oil is not reabsorbed into the body. Both coconut oil and sesame oil have the anti-bacterial properties and hence, they are the most suitable ingredients for this procedure.
It is a highly scientific practice in which the bacteria are removed from the mouth. Since most of the bacterial growth in the body is done through the mouth as it is the easiest path for the bacteria to enter the body, it is very useful that the bacteria are removed right away from the mouth, even before it reaches the bloodstream. Be it for the oral health alone, or for the overall health of the body, the benefits of oil pulling are proven and many.
What do the dentists say?
There have been no scientific research studies though, to support the benefits of this procedure in oral health or overall health. Still, the dentists at Battersea dental surgery often recommend this to those, who are interested in this procedure as this will encourage the people to try and improve their oral health. Since there are no side effects of this procedure, there is no reason why one should not try and do this.
How to do oil pulling?
The best time to do oil pulling is in the morning, when you have an empty stomach.
It is recommended that you take about a tablespoon of coconut oil or sesame oil and start to swirl and swish the oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. however, those, who are just starting to do this, this can be too much in the beginning and hence, they can do this procedure for about 5 to 10 minutes at the start. Then they can gradually increase the amount of time.
During the procedure, you must continue to take proper breaths; otherwise you might feel a little nauseous. If the taste bothers you, you can always add a little peppermint to the oil and this will make the taste better.
Once the swishing and swirling is done, it is a good idea to spit the oil in a plastic bag, so that the solidifying oil does not block the pipes and drain. After this, you need to swish your mouth with warm water, so that any excess oil can get removed. This will give a comfortable feeling in the mouth. Most people prefer to brush their teeth with toothpaste, after oil pulling. This gives the mouth a fresh feeling and the oily texture disappears.
You can visit a dentist battersea to discuss your dental condition and know if you can go for oil pulling or not. The dentist will tell you how to incorporate oil pulling in your regular dental care routine, without replacing brushing and flossing.