It all started when my gums would bleed whenever I flossed. I started to think it was normal. Until I went for my cleaning at the dentist and found out I was in between the stages of gingivitis and periodontitis. OMG. I wanted to cry. My gums were inflamed and unhealthy. I had always been good about flossing and brushing so why would this happen to me?!
There are many reasons this could happen to your gums: genetics, bad diet, bad dental hygiene, hormonal imbalance, etc. All I knew was that something had to change 🦷
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My hygienist sent me home with this big pint of liquid that I was to use when rinsing and brushing my teeth. It was supposed to help. I looked at the ingredients when I got home and was disgusted:
0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate (1,1′-hexamethylene bis [5-(p-chlorophenyl) biguanide] di-D-gluconate) in a base containing deionized water, propylene glycol, glycerin, polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil, mint flavor, potassium acesulfame, FD&C Red #40 and D&C Red #33
I was confused as to how artificial dyes, flavors, preservatives, and propylene glycol could make my gums any better. This led me to start some research on natural, holistic ways I could improve the health of my gums.
Oil Pulling to the Rescue!
So what is oil pulling? It’s an Ayurvedic practice in which you take about a tablespoon of oil and swish it in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, and it basically sucks all the bacteria out of your mouth. Amazing!
- At first, your jaw will get tired and you might want to gag. But stick with it! Some days I forget I am even doing it and have had the oil in for about 30 minutes.
- I try to do it about 5 times a week.
- If you just can’t get used to it, try adding flavor such as peppermint or clove bud oil (make sure it’s real and not artificial flavoring).
- Do it first thing in the morning, before you eat or brush your teeth. That’s when your mouth is the nastiest (yum). To make it easier, try doing it while you’re getting ready to keep yourself busy.
- After 15-20 minutes are up, SPIT IT OUT. DO NOT SWALLOW IT. It’s toxic, after all. Also, make sure you spit it in the trash, not the sink (It could clog your drain). Rinse out your mouth thoroughly.
NOTE: I’ve also heard that if you still have amalgam fillings, you should avoid oil pulling!
Oil Pulling Benefits for Healthy Dental Hygiene
There are sooooooooo many benefits to oil pulling. Since coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory, there are a lot of things it can do for your health.
- Prevents bad breath.
- Strengthens teeth, jaws, and gums.
- Prevents mouth diseases like cavities and gingivitis.
- Holistic remedy for bleeding gums.
- Avoids dryness of lips, mouth, and throat.
- Holistic treatment for jaw problems.
- Whitens your teeth and removes stains.
- Overall better health and less sickness.
- Helps clear acne by getting rid of bad bacteria that could eventually get to your gut. (source)
- Many more! The more research I do, it seems there are endless benefits.
Spice It Up with Clove Oil:
And, of course, there are added benefits if you also use a few drops of something like organic clove bud oil. Not only does it add a nice flavor, but clove is really soothing and anti-inflammatory. Peppermint is also fun to add for extra freshness.
Honestly, it has been my savior! 🙌 I’ve been doing it for years. My gums no longer bleed when I floss. I don’t get cavities. My dental hygienist has praised me for how healthy my gums look. My teeth are whiter (even after all the wine and coffee I drink). It’s a miracle and I can’t tell you enough how much I recommend oil pulling. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
✨ Happy pulling! ✨