Oil Pulling Health Benefits – Sunflower oil, coconut oil, and sesame seed oil for oil pulling has health benefits ranging from teeth whitening solution to overall oral health.
Oil Pulling has been one of those techniques that I was uncertain about when I first heard about it. I have since tried it and am now hooked.
What is Oil Pulling
Basically, oil pulling involves swishing oil around the mouth like a mouthwash, and has been used for thousands of years as an Indian folk remedy. The claims for oil pulling is that it removes the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth, improves gum health, reduces bad breath, reduces plaque, whitens teeth, and improves overall health. The way it works is that the bacteria is “pulled” from the teeth and gums and transferred into the oil. This results in all beneficial claims.
How to Oil Pull
I use Sunflower seed oil, but I’ve heard you can use sesame seed oil as well. More recently, others have tried coconut oil, too. Simply put a tablespoon of the oil into your mouth and swish for 20 minutes. When done, spit it out in the trash (not the sink… it will clog the pipes), rinse your mouth, and brush your teeth. I do my oil pulling while in the shower every morning. I’m not sure why, but I’ve heard you should oil pull on an empty stomach and before brushing your teeth, so this seemed like an ideal time to oil pull. When I swish the oil, I try to get it between the teeth.
When I spit the oil out into the trash, I’ve noticed that the once clear, light yellow oil is now opaque and white. It’s been said that this is due to the bacteria that has been collected in the oil. I can’t confirm this since I did not do a microscopic study of the oil before and after, but it’s an interesting and logical claim.
I did see my teeth looking whiter each time I did the oil pulling. Within about one week, I could see a noticeable difference. This was enough for me to keep it going. It won’t necessarily remove stains, but I think it’s more effective at removing the yellowing on teeth due to plaque.
Oil Pulling Reduces Bad Breath
I get a lot of dry mouth because of my Sjogrens Syndrome. This has led to difficulty with bad breath or a bad taste in my mouth. Oil Pulling has definitely improved this situation and I feel like my breath is fresher and stays fresher longer throughout the day. I can tell the oil pulling is working because my teeth feel cleaner and smoother as well.
Oil Pulling Health Benefits Claims
There have been scientific studies done that support the oil pulling claims associated with reducing harmful bacteria in the mouth. I’m not sure if there are any recorded success stories that oil pulling has cured disease, but we’ve heard that gum health is important for overall health. If keeping the gums healthy means that less harmful bacteria will seep into the bloodstream, that would seem pretty beneficial to me, and worth the effort.
Overall, I’m really happy with sunflower seed oil pulling and definitely plan to keep it as a part of my daily morning routine.
For more on oil pulling health benefits, consult your doctor.