While living in an isolated small town has its merits, for some reason, I have not found a holistic dentist that I like or trust. Therefore, I have had to take cleaning and taking care of my teeth into my own hands.
Oil pulling has proved more beneficial than I would have realized. There is a small amount of work involved, but the benefits are definitely paying off. I started the process of oil pulling in December, 2012 and at least 5 times a week. Oil pulling is traditionally done with sesame oil, though you can also use other organic, cold-pressed oils like coconut and sunflower. I have chosen coconut oil because for years now, I have also been using it on my face as a moisturizer and have had great results.
Since doing this process, my teeth are whiter, stronger and less sensitive to cold drinks or hard and chewy food. Ready to give oil pulling a try? It’s best to use this technique first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Here is my recipe:
1. Scoop about 2 Teaspoons coconut out your jar and pop into mouth
2. Chew and hold oil in mouth till melted and becomes a liquid (30 seconds)
3. Start swishing, pulling the oil back and forth and sideways through all teeth. As with mouthwash, you do not want to swallow it. There is no need to swish so vigorously that your mouth gets tired. You’ll be loosening bacteria and hidden food particles even as you move the oil about gently.
4. Swish for 20 minutes, spitting oil out (into trash, oil could clog pipes) when finished.
5. Finally, rinse your mouth out with good water.
If you try this, I would love to hear from you, and your results.
Since we are talking about taking care of our teeth, here is a simple recipe for natural toothpaste that you can make at home.
2/3 Cup baking soda
4 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 -2 teaspoons peppermint oil (or spearmint, cinnamon, orange)
Water (Add to consistency)