Oil Pulling and Oral Health – How does it work?
Oil Pulling Therapy is a new health craze that has made its way onto social media in the past few weeks. Some claim that it can heal headaches, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and just about anything else wrong with someone’s body. They claim that by swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning, you will literally pull the toxins from the rest of your body, and spit them out with the oil when you’re done.
Although there is no medical proof that oil pulling will cure all these ailments, some people swear it’s the key to keeping their bodies healthy. But what does oil pulling really do, and why do these people feel so great after doing it regularly?
Oil pulling therapy is doing what your dentists have been telling you to do for years—cleaning your mouth. Your mouth is one of the body’s main entry points for toxins and bacteria that can make you sick, and if you are diligently and regularly cleaning your mouth, they are rinsed away before they can wreak any havoc. Swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning decreases plaque and cleans your gums, just like flossing, brushing and rinsing with mouthwash does.
People who are interested in trying oil pulling should know that this therapy should not replace brushing and flossing. Plaque is a very sticky substance, and you need mechanical action with a toothbrush and floss to remove it completely—rinsing or “swishing” alone won’t do the trick.
Personally, I am encouraged that this new alternative medicine craze is drawing so much attention to oral health. If people will set aside 20 minutes every morning for oil pulling therapy, maybe more people will take the three to five minutes to floss, brush and rinse.
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