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Can The Secret To Good Oral Health Be Found In Your Kitchen? [BLOG]

  • June 11, 2017

So many ancient mysteries leave us puzzled to this day. You can’t help but stand in wonder of all the innovation of early civilizations.

What’s even more fascinating is how certain traditions have continued for thousands of years. Today’s blog is focusing on one of those ancient traditions that’s becoming more and more popular recently.

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a therapy known as oil pulling, and today, our team of specialists at the LANAP & Implant Center wants to share with you some of the benefits of this ancient secret to great health!

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling refers to a therapy where you swish coconut oil around in your mouth. Yes, coconut oil! This is something many of us probably already have sitting in our kitchen pantry! That’s because coconut has long been considered a superfood with vast systemic healing properties, according to medical research.

But you can actually go back further, thousands of years in fact, and find that early civilizations relied heavily on the coconut palm for a host of uses. The strength of coconuts allowed people to use it to make craftworks. The flowers of coconuts palms were used in wedding ceremonies. Coconut milk and coconut oil has been used in soaps and shampoos, to cook, to flavor foods, and even to cure illnesses.

It’s no wonder that in islands of the South Pacific, the coconut palm is even referred to as the Tree of Life. Modern science has had a lot of catching up to do! In the last half of the 20th century, study after study seems to support the notion that the coconut is somewhat of a miracle of nature.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties. What this means is that when you practice oil pulling, you are essentially “pulling” the harmful bacteria from your mouth and promoting the growth of good bacteria.

So how do you do it? You can take roughly 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, swish it around in your mouth anywhere from five minutes on up to twenty minutes, and then you spit it out. Because coconut oil melts at such a low temperature, you don’t necessarily have to put it in the microwave first. If you chew it and move it around inside your mouth, within about a minute, it should be melted into liquid form well enough.

Five to twenty minutes sounds like a long time, and perhaps it is at first. If you practice oil pulling on a regular basis, eventually it doesn’t seem too long. Many people recommend oil pulling as part of their morning routine while getting ready for work, doing it while you read at night, or even while you’re in the shower.

Once you spit out the coconut oil, you then rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Then you brush and floss as you normally would.

What Are The Oral Health Benefits Of Oil Pulling?

While scientific research is limited in terms of the benefits of oil pulling for oral health, most people who practice oil pulling therapy swear by its ability to whiten your teeth, heal bleeding gums, and even reverse early stages of periodontal disease.

On a larger scale, a cleaner, healthier mouth is incredibly important to your overall health. In fact, periodontal disease is shown to increase your risk of heart disease. Coconut oil has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, so there’s something to be said about the value of oil pulling to your overall wellness.

Where Can I Learn More About Oral Health & Wellness?

You can make an appointment at the LANAP & Implant Center at either one of our two Pennsylvania locations. We have a team of experienced professionals who specialize in a holistic approach to your oral health.

People from all over come to our Collegeville and Williamsport dental offices seeking help from experts like our own Dr. DiGiallorenzo, who is a leader in periodontal care and tooth replacement solutions. Our state-of-art technology and our skilled team make the LANAP & Implant Center an internationally recognized and respected source for your oral and overall wellness.

To learn more about how we can help you achieve optimum oral health, call us at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form.