Tip of the Month

Oil Pulling

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I was introduced to oil pulling last September and it has changed my life! Oil pulling is one of the kindest things you can do for your mouth. Do you ever wake up with a super dry mouth? Has your dentist let you know that your gums are receding? I think probably everyone can answer yes to at least one of those questions. The thing is, oil pulling prevents your gums from receding because the mucous membranes and pores of our tongue absorb the vital nutrients from the oil, therefore it lubricates your entire mouth, including your gums. The viscosity of oil allows it to slowly seep into the areas that toothbrushes won’t get and that mouthwash moves too quickly away from, then the oil will slowly draw any junk out of these nooks and crannies. The thing is, contrary to the 30 seconds you gargle with mouthwash, because these things need to happen slowly, oil pulling must be done for at least 5 minutes. I do it for 20 minutes every morning. Something to note is that the oil you choose is very important. You can’t necessarily just go into your cupboard and use the no name cooking oil, it must be a cold pressed virgin oil. Furthermore, if you subscribe to the ayurvedic perspective on things, certain oils compliment you and certain oils aggravate you. Coconut oil and sesame seed oil are complimentary for all types of people, coconut is cooling and therefore best in warmer months and sesame is warming and therefore better for colder months. This practice should be done first thing in the morning. Do not swallow the oil when you are finished, since the oil draws junk out of hiding places, if you swallow it you are just reintroducing the junk into your body. Brush your teeth when you are finished.

Instructions:
1. Choose the oil best suited to you.
2. Take a spoon, or if you have one, a tongue scraper, and scrape your tongue to get the night’s gunk off of your tongue.
3. Take about a tablespoon of the oil and swish it around in your mouth for at least 5 minutes.
4. When you’ve finished, spit out the oil and brush your teeth.
5. Enjoy your day!

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