Oil pulling – the practice of lightly “chewing on” or swishing oil in the mouth for a period of time – is said to strengthen teeth and gums, help with mouth dryness, and enhance the oral microbiome overall. Ancient Ayurvedic texts recommend it as part of the daily dental health routine. This is said to “pull” toxins from the body.
While mouthwash functions to rid the mouth of bacteria, it does not discriminate against good or bad bacteria. Oil pulling, on the other hand, draws harmful bacteria and spares the good bacteria which is needed for a balanced oral microbiome. With over 600 microbial species in the human oral cavity, this is important for balance and function.
So, which oil to use? In traditional Ayurveda, sesame oil is herbalized with turmeric and other plants to enhance detoxification and beneficial effects. Such an oil is “lipophilic,” meaning it attracts other oils and fats. However, in recent years, oil pulling has experienced a surge in popularity with the use of coconut oil, as well. Ultimately it is your personal choice as each oil boasts several different benefits.
How to Oil Pull
Clean and brush tongue. Begin your morning dental health routine by cleaning your tongue with your Stainless Steel Tongue Scraper. Then, brush your teeth normally.
Swish 1 Tablespoon mixture. You can either use your DrTung’s Oil Pulling Concentrate undiluted, or use a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil with a splash of the pulling concentrate. Either way, you will get benefits from the botanical ingredients.
Swish, chew, and pull. Lightly ‘chew on’ and swish oil in mouth for 5-15 minutes. The enhanced pulling concentrate is more efficacious, reducing swishing time (standard recommendation for oil pulling with other oils is for 20 minutes).
Spit. When done, do not swallow but spit into toilet or trashcan (not into sink!).
Rinse. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm, saline water.
Repeat. Repeat daily for best results.
The herbs used in DrTung’s Oil Pulling Concentrate have been recognized for centuries by traditional to have a broad range of qualities, such as being hemostatic (preventing or stopping bleeding), anti-inflammatory, anti-plaque, and astringent (can help tighten gums around loose teeth).