Ancient medical texts prescribe oil pulling for maintaining oral health. Oral health or Danta Swasthya has been given due importance in Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hridayam, and many more vedic texts.
Oil pulling is recognized as a powerful detoxifying preventive and curative therapy for your teeth. Our ancestors never used toothbrushes with toothpaste laid on them. But they still had healthy teeth that lasted long for their old age. The resurgence of oil pulling presents a new paradigm shift in oral health care.
A teaspoon of oil in the mouth can work wonders for your treasured 32. Before you understand how oil pulling is beneficial to oral health, let’s get to know about how to do oil pulling. After you wake up, on an empty stomach, pour 10 ml of sesame oil into your mouth. Swish and swirl the oil in your mouth for about 10-15 minutes. Do not swallow the oil. The oil will gradually become milky white. Spit the oil after 15 minutes. Follow this by gargling with water. You can also brush your teeth. This procedure keeps your teeth sparkling white besides providing good oral care.
Swishing oil every morning cleanses not just your teeth but also ensures cleansing of your kidney, liver, intestines, and colon. You may wonder how. This is because each section of the tongue is connected to these organs. Oil pulling kills different kinds of bad bacteria and fungi present in the tongue and teeth. Candida and Streptococcus are common occupants in our mouths. Oil pulling when practiced daily prevents tooth decay. This practice is also good for preventing gingivitis, which is a common gum disease. It’s good to prevent any kind of gum disease because it has an impact on the heart. Oil pulling is also found effective for conditions, such as loose teeth, sensitive teeth, and diseases of the oral cavity, as it reduces vata.
Though oil pulling may seem hard to practice, it is not as tough as it seems. Try out to realize the benefits of oil pulling not just to preserve your dental health but also for overall well-being.