Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic ancient remedy dating over 3,000 years old that is used to clean and detoxify the mouth; and thus the body. The health of the mouth, teeth, and gums has a great deal to do with the overall health or lack of health of the body. Gum disease is even considered a risk factor and connected to heart disease. The mouth houses millions of toxins, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The oil is swished around the mouth and through the teeth, effectively acting as a cleanser and “pulling out” the toxins that cause disease. The oil is said to bind to the biofilm or plaque and reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth, including Streptocococcus Mutans which is a cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
The idea is that by cleaning up the mouth and expelling toxins the oil pulling frees up the immune system, reduces stress and inflammation and improves overall health of the entire body. There are some claims that oil pulling can even help with acne, sore throats, and as mentioned before, Heart Disease! On top of all the health benefits, oil pulling also whitens the teeth!!