Talking oral health today and it’s an important topic. As I’m getting older, I’m realizing more and more how I’ve neglected my teeth. Brushing twice a day, flosing… well not enough, and now I’m dealing with the repercussions of being young and stupid.
The biggest change in my teeth I’ve noticed over the years was the change in diet, when I started to eat a lot more fresh fruit and vegetable and cut down on sugars, my teeth definitely thanked me. I know that when I’d go to the dentist they noticed a difference. I do suffer from a few sensitive teeth and over the years the dentist has given me options on how to help them, but it usually involves brushing with Sensodyne, which I will not do.
I went to the dentist probably 6 months ago now to get a check up and a teeth cleaning, I hadn’t been for a few years (bad I know!). They were surprised I didn’t have any tartar build up having not been there in a few years – So was I! I had no idea how I managed to stave off the gross tartar. After thinking some more, it was about around 1.5 to 2 years ago I started using doTERRA OnGuard toothpaste. I put two and two together and realized the tooth paste really helped fend that off. I talked to my sister, who like me is not a fan of the dentist and she said her dentist told her the same thing, even my husband had the same comment from his dentist! I’m definitely attributing my teeth being in good shape due to my OnGuard toothpaste, but also to our diet.
Over the last few months, I’ve been researching Oil Pulling for sensitive teeth. After reading countless stories and studies of people healing their oral health problems, and boosting their immune system, I figured it was worth a shot!
I’m currently on Day 7 of my oil pulling and have already noticed changes in the sensitivity of my teeth. I can drink a cold glass of water without cringing when the water hits my two sensitive teeth. It’s a Christmas miracle!
Let’s talk about Oil Pulling for a hot minute and where it originated from:
Oil Pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment. It helps balance various doshas (find our your Dosha HERE – I’m a dual Prakruti – VATA and KAPHA). In India it’s been used for oral health care for 3000 – 5000 years and now it’s rapidly growing in popularity for all it’s holistic benefits.It’s becoming one of the most talked about ways to maintain overall health and oral health.
It’s really as simple as putting 1 tbsp of oil (coconut, sunflower or sesame) and swish it around in your mouth for 15 minutes. You do this first thing when you wake up before you eat or drink anything and before you brush your teeth! After swishing for 15 minutes, you spit the oil into a garbage can (never swallow the oil as it’s full of bad bacteria and toxins and will cause you to feel ill if swallowed. It also can clog your drains if you spit it down the sink) and then rinse your mouth out with warm water. After you rinse your mouth, brush your teeth as normal and continue your day….
The Benefits of Oil Pulling:
- Decreases Gingivitis
- Kills Plaque Bacteria
- Cures Bad Breath
- Helps to Heal Cavities
- Whitens Teeth
- Increases Engery
- Detoxes the Body
- Helps Balance Hormones
- Keeps Skin Clear
Wondering how it increases energy, detoxes the body, helps balance hormones and keeps skin clear??
Germs and harmful bacteria live in your mouth and the best way to clear out those nasty germs is to oil pull. Oil Pulling draws out the bacteria before it can reek havoc on your system. This in turn lets your body run as normal without overworking to kill the bad bacteria which keeps your immune system working as it should. Without your body being bogged down with fighting bacteria, your hormones get to hum along properly without being in overdrive. Keeping your hormones balanced helps with keeping your skin clear, but also the fact that you are removing toxins from your body that would eventually be in your bloodstream and result in acne.
To amp it up, add 1 drop of THERAPUTIC GRADE Essential Oil (Please do not use essential oils that are not allowed to be used internally… READ The bottle! I use and love doTERRA oils and even some of doTERRA oils cannot be ingested, so be mindful and do your research!) I use OnGuard blend, Cinnamon, Clove or Peppermint to aid in cleaning my mouth and also helping with fresh breath.
OnGuard is great to use as it’s antiseptic, anti fungal, and immune boosting. It just amps up your oil pulling especially during cold and flu season.
If you’re like me and are in a bit of a rush in the morning and like grab n’ go options, here is a great way to be able to oil pull while your doing your hair and makeup. I used Cinnamon Bark Oil and Peppermint Oil this time around. With the Valentines Day inspired silicon tray, I thought I’d use Cinnamon to recreate my favourite Cinnamon Hearts. <3
Oil Pulling Chews with Essential Oils:
1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
10-15 drops Essential Oils (only oils you can take internally!! I use Cinnamon, Clove, OnGuard or Peppermint)
- Ice Cube Tray or Silicon Candy Tray (Mine is from Michaels)
- Glass Measuring Cup
1.) Measure out 1 cup of coconut oil and place in measuring cup.
2.) Microwave for 40 seconds, until melted or melt in the oven.
3.) Put 5-7 drops of essential oils (I don’t like it too potent so I use 10-12 drops)
4.) Pour melted oil into tray.
5.) Put in freezer for 15 minutes or until hard.
6.) Remove chews from tray and store in an air tight container in the FRIDGE
Pop in your mouth every morning. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes. Spit oil in the garbage (never the swallow!!). Rinse mouth with warm water. Brush your teeth as normal. Repeat every morning right when you wake up!
Have you tried Oil Pulling? Did you notice any changes?
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