“Health starts in the mouth” has been the credo of Indian Ayurvedic art for centuries. If the teeth, tongue and mucous membrane are without noticeable deposits, this suggests a healthy organism, according to the Ayurvedic tradition.
Toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash are standard for cleaning the teeth. Those who want to have it more thoroughly, resort to the Ayurvedic oil pulling. This is not only intended to thoroughly cleanse the teeth, it can even whiten teeth to a degree
The perfection of oil pulling
It is recommended to do the oil pulling in the morning after getting up on an empty stomach. Just use a teaspoon of good, vegetable and organic bio-oil. Coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil or sesame oil are best suited. The decision on which oil is used, is free to everyone and is purely a matter of taste. The oil is then moved back and forth in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes and pulled through the teeth with light pressure, so that each part in the mouth comes into contact with the oil extensively. It is important not to gargle the oil, as otherwise possible released toxins, whose evidence is not scientifically proven, can get back into the systemic circulation.
When the time is up, the oil must not be spit into the drain, as this can lead to blockages. It is better to spit the oil in a kitchen towel and dispose of it in the household waste. And do not worry: the oil no longer has the yellow color and thick consistency after being pulled, but it is milky-white and clearly thinner. Then rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as usual.
What effect does oil pulling have on your teeth?
Oil pulling, also called oil chewing or oil treatment, should not only remove bacteria in the mouth and prevent tooth decay, but also whiten teeth. The plaque is bound with the oil and gradually removed. Note, however, that in order to achieve the desired effect, you need to have endurance and patience. Here it is important to apply the treatment daily and over a period of at least two weeks.
Also, oil drawing is by no means synonymous with a professional tooth cleaning at the dentist. However, small discolorations caused by nicotine, coffee, tea or red wine can be easily and simply reduced by oil pulling.
Is it possible to detoxify the body with oil pulling on the teeth?
The detoxifying effect has not yet been clearly demonstrated by science. Nevertheless, there are advocates who say the oil pulling a so-called detox effect. Thus, in addition to killing the oral bacteria and the immune system and the gastrointestinal tract are strengthened. Congestion of the frontal, paranasal and pine cavities, upper respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, bronchitis, cough, sore throat and hoarseness can also be positively influenced. According to the study published in the “Indian Journal of Dental Research” in 2011 , oil extraction has a cleansing and antibacterial effect.
Are there any disadvantages of oil pulling?
As a side effect may cause diarrhea or increased nasal and pharyngeal mucus. A possible cause is the detoxification, which claims the body more than usual. Likewise, complaints may initially worsen, due to a possible release of pollutants into the bloodstream. First aggravations are also known from alternative medicine, which interprets them as a good sign of the organism whose self-healing process is now activated.
Although some positive effects have not yet been scientifically proven, oil-drawing is a gentle way of getting whiter teeth. And if you feel more comfortable or even more fit and agile over time, it is still a successful and at the same time inexpensive practice to do the body and especially the teeth something good.