Is Coconut Oil a Better Mouthwash Than Listerine?
Rinsing your mouth out with coconut oil may seems like a strange way to keep your chompers in check, but trading Listerine for a 15-minute swish with the goey stuff is becoming increasingly popular in the Bay. The practice is called oil pulling and despite it’s unusual seeming nature, it’s a centuries-old Ayurvedic detox method that claims to boast tremendous health and beauty perks, from overal oral health to glowing skin and increased energy.
Though oil-pulling has been around for centuries, it was Ukranian Doctor F. Katch who modernized the practice after noticing great success in his clients who employed the method. Since then, the unorthodox ritual has spread among naturlopaths and is recently started gaining notoriety among more mainsteam wellness mavens.
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
Ali Sweeny, an San Francisco-based Ayurvedic practitioner describes the practice as a colonic for the mouth due to its powerful detoxifying effect. “It seems weird that oil would get you clean but it does” Sweeny says, “The oil acts like a cleanser. When you put natural oil, in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it pulls out bacteria and harmful substances.”
According to Sweeny, the toxic waste products of the germs in our mouths like Candida and Streptococcus are the leading factors of gum disease and tooth decay and can contribute to other health problems including arthritis, heart disease and chronic skin conditions. “By cleaning your mouth out with these detoxifying oils, you are simultaneously getting rid of many of the germs that could unknowingly be leading to these chronic conditions.” Sweeny herself has been oil-pulling for years and claims to have not suffered from any cavities or gingivitis since. She recomends this method to many of her San Francisco clients with much success.
The practice involves swishing around a viscous mouthful of oil every morning on an empty stomach for between 15 and 20 minutes.Though virgin sunflower oil and sesame oil are the most commonly used oils for this practice but the many health benefits of virgin coconut oil, combined with its mild taste gained it more popularity among oil-pullers. 98 percent of the population has some level of gum disease and tooth decay and this allows the bacteria to enter into the bloodstream therefore everyone is sucesptiple of the harmful effects of bacteria in their mouth. This is why oil pulling is so effective, because its better than brushing teeth or mouthwash. Coconut is superior .Spoonful and put it in your mouth.
DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?
Many oil-pullers swear by the swish-and-spit routine as part of their daily beauty ritual.
Nina Kass, 29, a writer in Hayes Valley, started rinsing with coconut oil after a fellow student in her yoga class touted its benefits. Within a week of daily swishing, she too was amazed by the results. “My gums which always bleed when I floss were healthy again and the irritating eczema that I have on my upper arms has all but disappeared.” Kass said.
Others claim that, in addition to cleaning up dirty mouths, oil pulling has helped their digestion, hormonal imbalance issues, migraine headaches, joint pain, and fatigue.
Seem like it’s too good to be true? It might be. There are no scientific studies that support these particular claims, although doctors everywhere frequently link good oral hygiene with good overall health and studies have proven oral hygiene’s link to heart disease.
It looks like oil pulling gets at least the same results as regular mouthwash in the oral-care department, without the added chemicals. And with people everywhere singing its praises, why not give it a try — if you can stomach it.