We all know that maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. There is strong scientific evidence showing the link between poor oral health and conditions such as stroke, diabetes. Other conditions, such as HIV/AIDS and Osteoporosis may show preliminary signs in your mouth, before other areas of the body are affected.
There are specific daily practices that can be done to achieve optimum oral health. One of these practices is known as the Oil Pulling, it’s an ancient Ayurvedic medicine used daily for oral & dental hygiene using Sesame Oil.
“It is beneficial for strength of jaws, depth of voice, flabbiness of face, improving gustatory sensation and good taste for food. One used to this practice never gets dryness of throat, nor do his lips ever get cracked; his teeth will never be carious and will be deep rooted; he will not have any toothache nor will his teeth set on edge by sour intake; his teeth can chew even the hardest eatables” – Charaka samhita Ch V -78 to 80.
A randomized, controlled, triple blind study was done to evaluate the effect of oil pulling with sesame oil on the count of Streptococcus mutans in plaque and saliva of children. Streptococcus mutans is a bacteria commonly found in the human oral cavity, it contributes to tooth decay. The results showed that oil pulling did significantly lower the Streptococcus mutans count.
Oil Pulling Method:
First thing in the morning before breakfast, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking put 1 tbsp Sesame Oil in your mouth and slowly swish, suck, pull through the teeth. Do this for about 10-20 minutes. After that time elapsed spit out the oil, it should be thick, white & foamy. If it’s still yellow then you didn’t do long enough. Rinse your mouth well, brush your teeth & consume 2-3 glasses of water.
This process (swishing, sucking, pulling) mixes oil with saliva which activates enzymes that draw toxins, bacteria, parasites from your teeth and mucus membranes, and detoxify.
Do not swallow the oil, do not gargle, do it slowly
- Overall strengthening of the teeth and gums and jaws.
- Prevention of diseases of the gums and mouth, such as cavities and gingivitis.
- Prevention of overall tooth decay
- Prevention for bad breath
- Potential holistic remedy for bleeding gums
- Prevention of dryness of the lips, mouth and throat.