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Oil Pulling for a Beautiful, Healthy Mouth

Coconut oil is a highly absorbable oil with several health benefits, including reducing inflammation and fighting harmful bacteria. 

Most advocates of oil pulling recommend swishing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth for 15–20 minutes daily to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth and for overall health. Simply spit the oil in the trash when done swishing to avoid clogging drains.

According to a published study in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine oil pulling has been practiced in Indian and South Asian medicine for hundreds of years for the purposes of:

  • improving oral health
  • freshening the breath
  • whitening the teeth

While there isn’t conclusive scientific evidence that oil pulling whitens teeth, there is copious anecdotal evidence that it lifts stains from the tooth surface.

Oil Pulling to Improve Your Gum Health

According to Healthline, oil pulling may be an effective remedy to improve gum health and reduce inflammation.

It works primarily by decreasing the harmful bacteria and plaque in the mouth that contribute to gum disease and gingivitis, such as Streptococcus mutans.

Swishing coconut oil in your mouth is said to “pull” the bacteria from your mouth, increasing saliva production and moisturizing your gums. All of these can reduce the bacteria which cause disease, swelling, and gums that easily bleed.

illustration of woman using coconut oil to swish

Using Coconut Oil to Reduce Gum Inflammation

Research shows that specifically coconut oil which has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties can also decrease gum inflammation and make your gums pinker and healthier.

Oil Pulling for Killing Harmful Mouth Bacteria

There are hundreds of bacteria in your mouth, many of which are harmful and can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Studies have shown that oil pulling decreases the number of bacteria in saliva.

A Superior Way to Naturally Reduce Bad Breath

Studies have shown oil pulling to be as effective at reducing bad breath as the active ingredient in drugstore mouthwashes: chlorhexidine. Because chlorhexidine has potential side effects such as irritation, canker sores, redness, and allergic reaction, why not use a safer, natural alternative?

Your Natural Healthcare & Coconut Oil

As well as being anti-inflammtory, coconut oil is amazingly moisturizing and is used in Your Natural Healthcare’s skincare products. Coconut oil is also the base in our CBD Sprays and Drops.

Sources:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21911944/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645831
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet-101/

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