While the typical oral routine consists of toothpaste and mouthwash, ours includes coconut oil. Let us explain – oil pulling, or the ancient Ayurvedic practice known as “Kavala,” involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 15-20 mins. While this remedy can be used with many different oils, the most beneficial oil is from the coconut.
The oral health benefits are insurmountable, including reduced bacteria and healthier smiles. In addition, when practiced on an empty stomach, it is said to draw out toxins in the body, improving overall health.
Below, we listed the six best benefits of oil pulling and how you can begin incorporating this holistic step into your daily routine.
Poor oral hygiene, bacteria buildup, and eating too much sugar all contribute to cavities and tooth decay. Oil pulling is helpful in decreasing bacteria in the mouth.
Ayurvedic practitioners believe that with daily continued use, oil pulling whitens teeth by naturally removing plaque and residue on the enamel.
Reduces Bad Breath
Infection and gum disease are often all clear indicators of bad breath. Oil pulling will help eliminate bacteria buildup.
Improves Gum Health
Gingivitis is the result of excess bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Gums may appear inflamed or bleed easily when brushing. Oil pulling can help soothe irritated gums and reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.
Kills Harmful Bacteria
Because the mouth contains thousands of bacteria, oil pulling is essential in supporting healthy oral hygiene while reducing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
Many Ayurvedic practitioners believe that oil pulling can remove toxins from the overall body, including a reduction in headaches, cleared sinuses, and reduced inflammation, which is linked to heart disease.