Oil pulling a very old folk remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine. Recently it has been studied in Western medicine and shown to produce many benefits for oral and maxillofacial health. For this reason, it is becoming increasingly popular in the United States.
Oil pulling is done by swishing oil in the mouth, similar to how individuals use mouthwash, for about ten to twenty minutes. It can effectively detoxify and clean the mouth.
Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
There are also some very unexpected and surprising benefits of oil pulling. Get to know the details on these benefits now.
1. Strengthens the Teeth and Gums
The teeth are vulnerable to the build-up of plaque, bacteria, and cavities, which can all weaken the enamel. This causes tooth decay and irritates and inflames the gums.
Oil pulling is shown to be as effective as mouthwash, and it also strengthens the teeth and gums. Swollen and inflamed gums often bleed easily and can indicate the beginnings of the development of gingivitis.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of coconut oil, in particular, are effective in preventing plaque and reducing the number of bacteria in the mouth.
This creates an environment in which teeth are able to sustain health and remain intact. The use of coconut oil also introduces mineral and fatty acid content that can help strengthen enamel and revitalize the gums.
2. Alleviates Migraines and Headaches
Due to its ability to detoxify and reduce inflammation in the tongue, the gums, and the palette, oil pilling is able to yield some very surprising benefits. Not only does it help the teeth but it alleviates migraines and headaches.
The jaw and teeth lie directly next to the sinus cavities and are very close to the brain. They all share close to blood vessels and major nerve tissues that run near each other. Because of this, they often can cause problems for each other.
When oil pulling is able to reduce inflammation in the mouth and gums it can also reduce increased blood flow and tension that can cause headaches.
Nerve endings that have become fragile due to poor oral hygiene or aching teeth that cause migraines can be effectively treated and brought back to health.
3. Whitens Teeth
Many individuals claim oil pulling whitens teeth when used regularly for an extended time. This is a wonderful effect that goes along with its ability to support oral hygiene.
Oil pulling is said to be more effective than flossing and as effective as a mouthwash. The fatty acids are able to reduce plaque and particles that cause discoloration through absorption and abrasive swishing of the oil.
In order for oil-pulling to be effective for whitening teeth, it must be kept up long term and results are not usually seen right away. But the prevention of the build-up of plaque and the cleaner environment of the mouth will eventually yield magnificent results in maintaining healthier oral hygiene and whitening the teeth.
4. Assists with Acne
Acne is a painful and chronic condition for many individuals. There are many different triggers associated with developing acne, including inflammation, allergies, and bacteria build-up. Oil-pulling assists with acne due to its ability to detoxify the teeth, gums, and palette.
This is because when the body is overwhelmed and unable to properly cleanse the inner tissues and cells, it will usually manifest as rashes, acne, redness, or inflammation. This is an immune response from the patient’s body in an attempt to address the problem.
By detoxifying the inner mouth, the body is helped in this job and some of the inflammatory responses may be eased. Ongoing and regular oil-pulling is most effective in achieving these results.
5. Reduces Jaw Pain
Jaw pain is a tricky thing for many individuals. It tends to be a cumulative condition that results in persistent tightening of the temporomandibular joint, leading to chronic jaw tension. Oil pulling reduces jaw pain by supporting the inner mouth environment.
Factors such as plaque, bacteria buildup, infections, and inflammation all affect the jaw. They may not be typically associated with one another, but being in such close proximity it is inevitable that they are affected by the neighboring neural networks, blood vessels, and tissues of the mouth.
By relieving the inflamed conditions of the mouth through the increased oral hygiene that oil-pulling brings, some of the symptoms of jaw pain can be reduced. Tension may decrease, nerves that are hyper-stimulated may calm, and the sensitivity of the mouth that inflammation brings may reduce overtime with oil-pulling.