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Oil Pulling May Improve Oral Health

By:
The Taste For Life Staff
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Swapping coconut or sesame oil for your mouthwash may be one way to naturalize your beauty regimen and improve your oral health.

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil “pulling” is the practice of swishing oil around the mouth. It can be done using coconut oil, sunflower oil, or sesame oil.

What is Oil Pulling Good For?

It's said to not only whiten teeth and keep gums healthy, but to brighten complexions. Some even say it can ease asthma and migraine symptoms.

It's also been used to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.

The therapy has been shown to be very effective against plaque-induced gingivitis both in the clinical and microbiological assessment, according to a study.

What is The History of Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy, according to an article in the Journal for Ayurvedic and Integrative Medicine.

It is mentioned in the Avurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called “Kavala” or "Gandusha" and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headaches to diabetes to asthma.

The role of Ayurveda is the management of oral health has been a subject of many studies.

How Does Ayurvedic Oil Pulling Work?

Swishing or gargling with the oil “pulls” the benefits of the oil into the mouth and gums, where they are then absorbed into the bloodstream.