Nowadays, having orally clean mouth, and healthy teeth is a necessity, therefore besides maintaining oral health and keeping your teeth white and shine, it is crucial to maintain your mouth thus preventing occurrence of cavities, sores, or tartar. Although there are various toothpastes and mouthwashes available on the market, sometimes they are not enough to achieve the wanted oral hygiene.
Nature has its own ways, and like many cases before, it can provide you with an efficient remedy. In 2012, a research was conducted at the Athlone Institute of Technology showing results that enzyme-modified coconut oil has the power to reduce harmful bacteria. The main culprits foroccurrence of oral issues are: Strep mutans, Candida Albicans, and Streptococcus. However, they can be efficiently eliminated by the use of coconut oil, claimed by the performed research.
This research is still being conducted by Dr. Damien Brady, one of the leading scientists, claiming that “…including enzyme-modified coconut oil to oral hygiene products is a good substitute for chemical additives.” However, since the study has not still been concluded, people use coconut oil only as a mouthwash. Even though, unaltered oil may not be as effective as the enzyme-modified one, it is still efficient enough and extremely helpful, with no side effects.
The practice of using coconut oil as a mouthwash is called “oil pulling”. You takea tablespoon of oil in the mouth cavity; you do not swallow it, but swish it inside your mouth through your teeth for 10 to 20 minutes, with a goal of successfully “pulling” as many bacteria as possible from the mouth into the oil.This process has its roots since millennia-old ayurvedic medicine, stated by Dentistry IQ. Nonetheless, we shall present you with more modern explanation of what “oil pulling” does to your oral health.
The “skins” of the dwelling bacteria cells in your mouth are made of fat; thusly they are drawn to the fat of the coconut oil. The coconut oil contains a component called lauric acid which perfectly eliminates harmful bacteria. The pulling method is supposed to be learnt and tried several times until you get it to perfection.
Do not give up immediately as no one has done it successfully in their first attempts; you will just have to adjust the amount of oil until you get it right. Do not spit the oil in the sink, but in the trash, this can be seen on Dentistry IQ. It is also important to wash your mouth after oil pulling so that no left bacteria is swollen thus entering your body. Last, but not least, oil pulling should not replace regular tooth brushing.