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Oil pulling: An ancient ritual of oral health

Oil pulling is a traditional method that has been practised in Ayurvedic teachings for thousands of years. It is a simple but effective technique where you rinse oil in your mouth to remove toxins and improve your oral health. But what exactly is oil pulling and why is it so beneficial for you? Find out more!

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Andrea Seraina
Dental Content Specialist
14.08.20236 min. reading time
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The history of oil pulling

Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient Indian healing art, has always recognized the benefits of oil applications, especially in the area of oral care. In the Charaka Samhita, one of the oldest texts of Ayurveda, oil pulling is described in detail as a method to cleanse and strengthen the oral cavity. It is claimed that regular oil pulling can alleviate or even cure over 30 different diseases, from halitosis (bad breath) to periodontal disease. However, it's essential to note that while oil pulling has its merits, it doesn't replace the benefits of regular flossing, which modern dentistry has emphasized for its role in preventing gum diseases.

India, as the cradle of this ancient practice, has developed numerous traditions and rituals over the centuries that promote physical and mental well-being. Oil pulling, specifically as a method of oral care, is one of the most outstanding examples. It is not only a testament to the ancestors' deep understanding of natural healing methods but also a testament to the timelessness and relevance of these practices in the modern world. With the advancement of scientific evidence, we now understand more about the side effects and benefits of various oral care practices, including oil pulling.

Why oil pulling?

Oil pulling offers numerous benefits for your oral and dental health. It strengthens your teeth, gums, and jaw and can also help you prevent tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral problems. One of the standout attributes of oil pulling is its potent antioxidant and detoxifying prowess. It draws toxins out of your mouth, giving you a deep clean that goes far beyond brushing your teeth and using toothpaste. This effect can be likened to the benefits of flossing, which also aims to remove debris and bacteria from places that brushing might miss.

Coconut oil, rich in lauric acid, has been found to be particularly effective in nourishing your oral mucosa and having a positive effect on your overall dental care. Lauric acid is known for its antimicrobial properties, making it a potent agent against harmful bacteria in the mouth. Gargling and agitating the oil in your interdental spaces can help remove food debris and bacteria that have accumulated during the day. It is important to spit out the oil after gargling as it contains the toxins and bacteria that have been removed. For the best effect of oil pulling, you can use special high-quality mouthwash oils designed for oil pulling. These oils are often enriched with other healing ingredients that enhance the detox effect and contribute to healthy teeth.

How oil pulling works?

Oil pulling, often referred to as an oil cure, is a simple process that can be seamlessly integrated into your morning routine. You start by putting a tablespoon of oil - preferably coconut oil, sesame oil, or organic sunflower oil or olive oil - in your mouth. These types of edible oil have been chosen for their specific benefits and properties. Instead of spitting it out immediately, swish it back and forth in your mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes. During this time, the oil binds to bacteria, toxins, and other unwanted substances in your mouth. Sesame and coconut oils are particularly popular as they not only taste pleasant but also have antibacterial properties. After the 20 minutes are up, it is important to spit out the oil into a paper towel or directly into a trash can as it is now loaded with bacteria and toxins. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and continue with your normal oral care routine, which should include flossing for optimal dental hygiene.

The benefits of oil pulling

  1. Antimicrobial effect: When you practice oil pulling, you benefit from a strong antibacterial effect. You can use it to kill harmful bacteria like streptococcus mutans and other microorganisms in your mouth, which helps you prevent gingivitis, tooth decay, and other oral problems. This is especially important for cleaning your interdental spaces, where bacteria often build up. Furthermore, oil pulling can assist in maintaining a balanced oral microbiome, ensuring a healthy environment in the mouth.
  2. Detoxification and cleansing: With oil pulling, you can not only remove toxins from your mouth, but also waste products and other unwanted substances. This provides you with a deep clean that goes far beyond normal tooth brushing.
  3. Improve oral hygiene: Regular oil pulling can reduce plaque buildup and consequential plaque-induced gingivitis and improve your overall oral hygiene. The result is healthier, whiter teeth and fresher breath.
  4. Natural mouthwash: Unlike many commercial mouthwashes, oil pulling does not contain harmful chemicals or alcohol. Many use natural cooking oils such as coconut or sesame oil for this, both of which bring their own health benefits.
  5. Preventing gum problems: Oil pulling can help you reduce bleeding gums and the formation of gum pockets. It improves your gum health and promotes healthy teeth.

Some tips for oil pulling

  • Start with a small amount of oil and gradually increase it.
  • Try to make oil pulling a daily habit, ideally in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Avoid swallowing the oil as it contains toxins and bacteria.
  • After oil pulling, brush your teeth to remove any remaining residue.

Optimal dental hygiene with ALPINE WHITE

Even if you consider oil pulling as a good method of dental care, it is important to know that oil pulling should be used complementary to and not as a substitute for daily oral hygiene routine and regular professional dental cleanings. At ALPINE WHITE, you'll find everything you need for good oral care. From our various whitening toothpastes, such as the Anti-Plaque Variation, which effectively prevents plaque and tartar, to our Whitening Strips, which whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home in a few days, you will find everything at ALPINE WHITE.

In our studio, we offer professional teeth cleaning to remove plaque and keep your teeth healthy in the long term. If you have discolored teeth, you are welcome to come in for bleaching. With our tooth-friendly whitening formula, we will help your teeth to shine again.

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