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Coconut Oil Mouthwash

Oil Pulling for Clean Teeth and Gums

opCleaning your teeth with coconut oil really oes have benefits for the health of your mouth.  But first understand that Coconut oil has been in use for countless generations. It is used for cooking, it’s excellent for our skin and hair, and the coconut tree or palm is one of the most useful plants in the world.

When we think of tooth care, you must realise that the modern toothbrush is in fact a recent invention. In the Europe of olden times, people may have washed their mouth with water and picked any gunk from between their teeth with a twig or even the point of a knife. As Europe became more organised and the industrial revolution began to take place, people began to wash their mouth and teeth with salt which is another valid option to leave one’s mouth and teeth cleaner.

Oral hygiene was never much of a factor in an age when life expectancy was rarely more than 30 years. Oral hygiene was more important in India and other Eastern countries where the quality of life was a lot better than preindustrial Europe.

The people of India used coconut oil in combination with the frayed end of a twig or small branch that worked as well is any modern day toothbrush. This was in part to the advancement and knowledge through their system of medicine known as ayurveda which even today remains a world leader in the treatment of disease and restoration of health.

Oil pulling like so many other things that have their origins in India has become the latest trend in Western society. It is something taken up by the rich and famous, and written about profusely by wannabe noticed bloggers so you find a lot about it on the web.

Oil pulling is simple, here’s how:

Coconut oil semi solid

Coconut oil semi solid state

First you need to go out to the shop and purchase some good quality coconut oil. The coconut oil that you buy for cooking is probably odourless which means it has been deodorised and may contain some chemicals. So your best option is to look for an organic label or else read the product label carefully to ensure that it contains no additives.

Natural unprocessed coconut oil actually smells like coconuts and typically is also available as ‘extra-virgin’, ‘virgin’ or simply coconut oil. The extra virgin means that the oil is from younger coconuts and it has a sweeter flavour while normal coconut oil just taste like coconut.

So you best solution might be to buy a small container of each one to see what you like. If you really don’t like the taste then you can buy a deodorised variety which will still work. If you do buy samples of different qualities of oil, don’t waste them, use them on your skin or in your hair. Actually if you’re prone to having bad hair days, rubbing some coconut oil into your hair and leaving for a half hour or so before washing normally will usually leave your hair feeling and looking great.

The best time to do this is probably when you are taking a shower as you put a tablespoonful of coconut oil into your mouth, then squish it around inside your mouth and between your teeth anywhere from between 10 and 20 minutes. If your shower is running hot, you can split the oil down the plug hole, otherwise you need to either spit it down the toilet or into the trash because on contact with cold water the oil will go solid and could plug your drain.

Once you’ve spat the oil out, simply brush your teeth and your done.

Notes

  • Oil pulling is ancient Indian technique of swishing coconut oil in mouth
  • Is claimed it whitens teeth, boosts immune system and improves skin condition
  • It is believed to help prevent the formation of plague and development of gum disease.
  • With the temperature is below 20°C, coconut oil will set solid so you will either have two chew it until it melts or melt some prior to use. A tablespoon will melt within 15 to 20 seconds in a microwave or the container can be stood in warm water for a while.
  • It recommended that oil pulling is done on an empty stomach and before you brush your teeth.
  • Researchers claim that Coconut oil especially helps to kill off harmful bacteria and create a healthy balance in the environment that is our mouth and throat.
  • If you cannot access coconut oil or if you do not like it, you can use almost any other edible oil which of course excludes the type of oil you put in your car. However most research is centred on coconut oil and it is believed that other types of oil maybe not as effective.

Researchers, from Kennur Dental College in India, said: ‘It is unique because it contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids, of which 45-50 percent is lauric acid which has proven anti inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.’  Other research published in the Nigerian Journal of Medicine‘s March/April 2015 edition, looked at 60 people between the ages of 16 and 18 who added oil pulling to their oral hygiene routine over a 30 day period. Their plaque and gum disease levels were assessed on days 1, 7, 15, and 30. After just seven days of oil pulling, levels of plaque and gum disease significantly reduced, and continued to decrease over a period of a month.

References:
Athione Institute of Technology
The Daily mail
Healthista.com

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