I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Oil Pulling is one of the best ways to protect your oral health. It helps to remove plaque, helps to remove bacteria from your mouth, helps to whiten teeth, helps to rebuild enamel on your teeth, and possibly even re-mineralize the dentin below your enamel and help naturally refill shallow cavities. Why do I know this? Because one year ago my dentist told me to make an appointment to fill my cavities. Being the cowardly dental patient that I am…I didn’t. Instead, I stopped brushing my teeth with toothpaste…yes, you read that right, stopped brushing with toothpaste, stopped flossing, yes…again, read that right, and started an entirely new routine regarding my teeth.
I began oil pulling several times a day – but at least once, and began using toothpowder to massage my gums. I also used the toothpowder to brush the surface of my teeth. The fluoride and chalky white stuff in toothpaste had eroded the surface of my teeth so that they were extremely sensitive and susceptible to cavities. All the flossing in the world wasn’t helping – because I did try that too.
Now one year later, my dentist looked at my teeth and said “Let’s look at that with an x-ray image. Hmmm…I think we may be able to use fluoride to fix that…you see that little bit of gray over there and that little bit of…” so away I came with a prescription strength fluoride to fix my teeth.
What is my plan – don’t tell my dentist – but oil pulling. I will keep you posted and let you know how this works. For anyone interested – here is how you do oil pulling:
Take a teaspoon of oil (sesame, coconut, olive, sunflower..etc.),put it in your mouth, and swish for approximately 10-15 minutes and then spit it out – not in your plants. It will kill your plants. And not in your sink, it will kill your plumbing – especially coconut oil. In the trash, or in an area of dirt which doesn’t grow plants. This extracts an amazing amount of bacteria from your mouth, and remineralizes your teeth! The bad stuff leaves and the good stuff stays. Try this and you will realize what I mean.
For the toothpowder – you can use various ingredients that are known to be helpful for your teeth and gums:
cinnamon powder – clove powder – baking soda – sea salt – neem bark