Since I don’t have dental insurance, I started looking into other ways to keep my mouth healthy. (As usual, I’m thinking about when I get old. It’s really hard to eat without any teeth -duh!- and I’ve seen a lot of old people struggle with dentures.) Could oil pulling be the answer? Could it actually heal cavities and prevent gum disease? I started an experiment to find out.
The oral health practices of Ayurveda include chewing on sticks and eating herbs, as well as oil pulling (gandusha). Original practitioners of oil pulling used sesame oil as a way to prevent bleeding gums, tooth decay, dry mouth, bad breath, cracked lips and for strengthening the teeth, gums, and the jaw.
It’s a very easy technique, but I did notice that swishing a tablespoon of oil around for 10–20 minutes was a small workout for my mouth. So I can see how oil pulling would strengthen the jaw! I chose coconut oil for its detoxification and antibacterial properties. (When I tried sesame oil, it was so thick I nearly gagged while doing it.) I also found that swishing while I was taking a shower made the time pass more quickly.
Within a week, my gums stopped bleeding when I flossed and my teeth seemed whiter too! I am definitely going to continue oil pulling for the benefits I’m seeing already and I’m hoping that my small cavities will eventually heal as promised. Oil pulling combined with MY MAGIC MUD activated charcoal toothpaste and my Philips Sonicare toothbrush has my teeth feeling and looking better than ever. Take that Mr. Dentist!
Here are a few more articles on oil pulling: