Have you heard of oil pulling? Do you do it? My dental technician first told me about this Ayurvedic practice while I was sitting in the dentist chair getting an impression made for a crown. What a bummer getting a crown is. Dental issues are an unfortunate side effect of Celiac Disease when your body is not absorbing minerals and other nutrients properly, despite impeccable hygiene. While I have fought the good fight for a decade already, I am sure pregnancy and breastfeeding are contributing these days.
According to the dental tech, oil pulling helps pull out toxins, improve gum health and whitens teeth. She even started doing it herself. I was intrigued so I did a little research and this is what I found:
Oral Health Benefits include less bacteria and whiter teeth.
Clearer skin, increased energy, fewer headaches
Decrease in dental caries
If you are interested in trying this, I found the information at Wellness Mama very useful.
According to Wellness Mama, this is how to use Coconut Oil for Oil Pulling;
(*these are my comments)
- Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil into the mouth swish for 20 minutes.
*some sites say you need at least 5 mins of swishing to get any benefit.
- The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out.
*BTW- I found this to be true when I tried it this morning. I did 1 tsp for 10 mins.
- Spit oil into the trash can *OOPS!
- Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). Occasionally, I swish with salt water which seems more effective but is also more work.
*I will try the after rinse with warm salt water tomorrow.
The dental tech told me you are supposed to do this on an empty stomach (not sure why), so I did it first thing this morning after my work out. I used Dr. Bronners’ coconut oil. I actually use this for cooking, face moisturizer, and Baby J’s diaper cream. Truth be told, I am a coffee drinker and an ex-smoker so I took pictures of my teeth this morning to track my progress. Come on…you knew that was coming (tracking my progress!). If anyone has any experience with oil pulling I would love to hear about it.