Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing oil (usually coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil) in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out…. I know right, that’s a ruddy long time?! I must admit I’ve done 5 mins max but it is definitely worth doing for longer if you’re able.
Oil pulling is believed to improve oral health in several ways:
- Reducing plaque: Oil pulling has been found to reduce the amount of plaque on teeth and gums, which can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
- Killing bacteria: The swishing action of oil pulling helps to dislodge bacteria from the mouth, and the fatty acids in the oil can kill harmful bacteria in the mouth, including Streptococcus mutans, which is a major contributor to tooth decay.
- Freshening breath: Oil pulling can help to freshen breath by removing odor-causing bacteria from the mouth.
- Reducing inflammation: Oil pulling has been found to reduce inflammation in the mouth, which can help prevent gum disease and other oral health problems.
When used alongside our 3 step dental routine, oil pulling can make your mouth feeling amazingly clean, refreshed and healthy.