In a world of alternative health and smart-thinking natural remedies, it’s not surprising that an age-old dental treatment like coconut oil pulling has become a popular phenomenon.
Here at Yokine Dental, we’re open to alternative teeth whitening and dental treatments, and when combined with proper dental hygiene and regular dental visits, we believe oil pulling is an effective way to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums.
Essentially, oil pulling is the equivalence of a high-quality mouthwash that fights unwanted plaque and bacteria in your mouth. As a result, you’ll be able to showcase healthier gums and cleaner, whiter teeth.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
While sesame and sunflower oil can be used, coconut oil is widely considered the best option because it’s made up from 50% lauric acid, which is known for eradicating bacteria.
All you need to do is measure out approximately one teaspoon of oil, and rinse (swish) it around your mouth for up to 20 minutes. If 20 minutes feels a tad laborious to fit into your morning routine, try and start with 5 minutes a day. Once you’re finished, spit the oil into the trash and rinse your mouth out with water. This process should be repeated daily.
When you swish the oil around your mouth, it will act like a magnet pulling microbes from your teeth and gums. The solution will even pull any bacteria hiding in the dark corners of your mouth out, which will be spat out with the oil.
What are the Benefits of Oil Pulling?
You might be surprised to hear that coconut oil pulling has also been linked to a reduction in the severity of acne, sore throats, and even heart disease! As a preventative treatment that can assist with gingivitis and bacterial infections, there’s no harm in giving this age-old remedy a try.
Important Factors to Consider
A regular coconut oil pulling routine should be used in collaboration with a good dental routine and regular dentist visits. When used as a supplemental therapy it can prove beneficial – after all, who could argue with a 3,000 year old history.
For your safety, and to ensure your oil pulling treatment is as beneficial as possible, remember to follow these essential steps:
– Swish gently
– Don’t swallow the oil
– Don’t discard the oil in the sink, as over time it could clog your pipes
– Rinse your mouth with water afterwards
Based in Perth, we offer teeth whitening services, cosmetic dentistry, oral health consultations and much more. If you have any concerns, or you’re due for a check-up, get in touch with the team at Yokine Dental today!