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Coconut oil pulling benefits

Written By | Jun 4, 2019

SAN DIEGO, June 4, 2019 — Coconut oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method of orally swishing coconut oil between the teeth and around the gums, and has grown in popularity with celebrities.

Believed by many to whiten teeth, freshen breath and increase oral health, the benefits of oil pulling may also extend to improving overall health.

What is coconut oil pulling?

This traditional Indian practice of over 2,500 years is a natural method by which harmful oral toxins are removed. Moreover, it is believed to also help strengthen gums.

Oil pulling will help remove harmful bacteria from the mouth by swishing through the teeth, according to

Take care of your oral health

Within the human mouth billions of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including streptococcus and Candida reside. Left unchecked, these undesirable inhabitants can cause serious gum diseases, leading to inflammatory processes which may spread to other systems of the body.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that moderate gum disease affects 40 percent of children over the age of 12 years; nine out of every ten people have tooth decay; and 33 percent of adults over the age of 65 have lost all their natural teeth.

The standard recommendations for maintaining oral health, such as daily brushing, regular flossing, and use of a chemically based oral mouthwash might not be entirely effective.

Oil pulling is a relatively simple and very inexpensive process to follow.

Coconut oil pulling steps

Upon arising each morning, prior to breakfast and regular tooth brushing, actively swish up to 1 tablespoon of natural organic coconut oil through teeth and around gums for approximately 15 to 20 minute.

If pressed for time, continue swishing while taking a shower, moving about the house, or conducting other morning routines.

Be very careful not to gargle or swallow the coconut oil so you don’t ingest the bacteria, viruses and fungi you have so carefully swished loose.

After 20 minutes, spit the oil into a trash receptacle, but not the sink, the oil could solidify and clog your drain.

Devotees of oil pulling report a sweet taste after having swished, and fresher breath.
Fleischer Dental Group,, offers some of the following tips for increasing oral health:

-Eating calcium rich foods.

-Consuming high fiber vegetables.

-Eating fibrous fruits provides natural cleansing and astringent properties.

-Drinking lot of water daily helps remove sugars and acids from teeth.

-Whole grain foods are not only good for teeth but also help prevent heart disease and diabetes.

-Herbs such as neem, ginger, and holy basil encourage healthy teeth and gums and serve as plaque prevention.

-Coconut oil may be used for oil pulling which helps break down bacteria and germs.

It is further recommended to continue following basic dental guidelines of regularly brushing teeth, flossing, using a mouthwash, and having regular dental check-ups.

Practice good dental hygiene

The World Health Organization proactively incorporates the principle of good dental hygiene as a critical component of overall general health and disease prevention worldwide.

With the promise of naturally whiter teeth, fresher breath, healthier teeth and gums, and potential overall health, adding a big swish of coconut oil to the daily morning routine just might be worth a try!

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.