I love coconut oil, and I love coconut oil pulling! You may not be familiar with this practice... and it was a new one to me too until about a year ago.
Using organic, unrefined coconut oil, simply take a tablespoon or so and put it in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Yes, to start your cheeks will get tired, but do the best you can and swish this oil around and "pull" it through the cracks and crevices between your teeth. I do this twice a day, and as a matter of fact I'm a coconut oil pulling fool as I write this (swish, swish). When you are done DO NOT swallow the oil - simply spit it out in a lined trash can.
Why would you want to start this practice... there are lots of reasons!
- Cleaner / Whiter teeth for starters!
- No plaque build-up (I have a story about this further down!)
- Helps regrow/maintain receding gums
- Helps with tooth sensitivity
- Removes toxins and bacteria
- Helps drain your sinuses
I have kinda shied away from conventional medical treatment since my cancer diagnosis. I put off going to the dentist for a long time, my 6 month check up had been stretched out to 18 months. As the hygienist was cleaning my teeth, she remarked that I had no plaque build up what so ever - none-! She couldn't believe that I hadn't had a cleaning in a year and half. I had no cavities either and that is usually not too uncommon for me to have to have a cavity filled.
While we are on the topic of dentist, I'll quickly mention that I do not have x-rays taken anymore and I do not use fluoride. I have done enough studying on this to know that these are detrimental to my health, especially given the fact that I have been diagnosed with cancer.
Coconut oil pulling is not the only use for organic, cold pressed coconut oil. Coconut oil is shown to be helpful for dementia patients, so please if you have a parent that is suffering from dementia, please do some research and check it out for yourself.
Here's a few links on the benefits and findings of Coconut Oil Pulling:
Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.
Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria
Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models
Here's to our good oral health!