Oil is something that is very powerful; it powers vehicles, aids in the creation of many items and countries have even gone to war over control over it. Cooking oil is powerful in its own right as well; many food related businesses rely on it for cooking and it is a big part of the food industry as a whole, but did you know that it can have great benefits on oral hygiene as well?
Oil pulling is a technique that actually goes back thousands of years. The concept is simple: you take a tablespoon of cooking oil (most would recommend sunflower, sesame or coconut) and you move it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes without swallowing it. The purpose of oil pulling is to help rid your mouth of the bad bacteria that can be harmful to your teeth and gums. The bad bacteria gets stuck to the oil while you’re moving it around in your mouth, and once you expel it after the specified time, out goes the bad bacteria as well.
Some other benefits of oil pulling include:
– reduction of plaque and gingivitis
– reduction in bad breath
The most important part to remember about oil pulling is to spit out the oil after the 15-20 minutes is up. The amount of bad bacteria that collects while you’re pulling oil can be harmful to your system if ingested.
Although this method of oral care has been around for many generations, your safest bet is to consult with your Ottawa dental professional before you start doing it. They can help you with any questions or concerns.