Less did I know that I would be writing a post on taking care of teeth when I first came across the poem This is just going to hurt a little bit. Ogden Nash describes sitting mouth wide open on a dentist’s chair as physical and mental torture, and obviously TWND by talking about Oil Pulling shall surely help you in avoiding any such torment.
Well, most of the articles (and internet is full of that) will give you the advice of using Baking Soda (check here and here) in a variety of ways to combat bad breath, whiten teeth, and reduce plaque however some articles also advice you against it for it being abrasive in nature. Few technicalities have to be kept in mind while brushing/rinsing with baking soda for it to not cause you more harm than good.
The wonder cleaner Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can also be used to whiten teeth and kill bad bacteria, however you have to be consistent in your efforts with it and also cautious for it being acidic in nature, which might cause damage to tooth enamel. “Such methods of baking soda and ACV definitely give results however they are short-lived, unsafe and rather risky. Eventually they cause the outer layer of tooth enamel to wear off leaving teeth grainy and coarse,” shares Dr. Kajal Bisla, Muskan Dental Care.
Obviously, one can use whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, and dentist treatments for that shiny, bright smile however they are inconsistent, chemical laden as well as expensive.
So, here’s sharing with you all the secret (not so now) to maintain overall oral hygeine, whiten teeth and maintain healthy teeth and gums in just 1 simple step:
Oil Pulling: Clean and Whiten Teeth
Oil Pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, is the safest bet (together with basic brushing rituals) to maintain overall oral hygiene. All you have to do is take one tablespoon of any edible vegetable oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then spit the liquid out. Make sure to rinse your mouth nicely after that or better, brush your teeth and have 2-3 glasses of water later.
The oil, mixed with your saliva, shall extract all toxins from your mouth and leave you with whole new healthy self. Yes, it is that simple. Coconut Oil pulling is proven to be a preventive therapy for oral hygeine however sesame oil is considered as the queen of seed-oils when it comes to extracting oil pulling benefits.
Still in a rush! For overnight whiter teeth: mix 1 tspn sesame oil with a pinch of salt and brush your teeth.
Oil Pulling and Importance of Oral Hygiene:
Prolonged use of oil pulling helps in reduction of mouth bacteria, improvement of gum health, reduction in plaque and gingivitis, prevention from tooth decay, reduction in bad breath, and also whitening of teeth and many more.
It is also believed our tongue is a map to our body as there are points in our mouth (teeth and tongue) that corresponds to each and every body part. So, oil pulling, while taking care of our teeth and gums, takes care in detoxifying and curing many illnesses in our body. Well, what can we say, let your healthy mouth be a mirror to your healthy body.
Basic Brushing Habits:
Since, there’s nothing to lose, continue oil pulling as a preventive therapy, with below basic brushing rules to maintain overall dental hygeine:
- Don’t brush your teeth too hard like you’re scrubbing your toilet.
- As the bristles wear out, change your toothbrush.
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Avoid excess of foods and drinks (like coffee, tea, sugary drinks and sweets etc.) that interfere with the health of your teeth.
- “Brushing at night is a must, avoid munching all day long as it increases the acid in mouth, follow the right brushing technique,” advises Dr. Kajal Bisla, Muskan Dental Care.
Oil Pulling: Before and After
I wish Oil Pulling was as easy to execute as it is to write about. First day, the moment I put coconut oil in my mouth, the very same moment I puked it out. It is totally weird having oil in the mouth, leave aside swishing it. Anyhow, two weeks later, I can now swish oil in my mouth for 5-10 minutes, however sometimes I still puke and then I refill my mouth with oil again. The only key is to try and try again
Not that I find myself transformed in two weeks, however the sensitivity in my teeth has significantly lowered and I do not have bad breath (even on empty stomach). Let us see what all changes it brings to my teeth over a period of time. For now I am uploading the picture of my teeth taken at 2 week difference of practising Oil Pulling (the picture, though a little hazy, is enough for you to try Oil Pulling once).