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Why Should You Include Sesame Oil for Oil Pulling in Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Oral health is directly related to the overall health of a body. Oral cavities, and plaque, have millions of microorganisms, which if not cured might cause serious health issues, like the weak gut and immune system, indigestion, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Your mouth can be an invitation to many infections and diseases, So it is important to maintain good oral hygiene for the sake of overall health. There are many ways we all are familiar to keep good care of the mouth and teeth, for instance, brushing teeth twice a day, flossing, scrap our tongue properly and many more, but various studies have shown that just brushing or mouth washing is not enough, there need to be something than that, and that is where Ayurveda has given us the best technique to keep good oral health, which is easy to apply in our routine and that is oil pulling. Oil pulling is simple and effective for good oral hygiene. It strengthens teeth and gums and prevents tooth decay, removes plaque and bad odour.

Oil pulling is a simple practice of swish and spit, in this method you have to swish oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, and then spit it. Oils which can be used for this method are easily available at home. The process of oil pulling involves using oil as a mouth instead of chemical-based mouthwash to remove toxins
 

Procedure:

On empty stomach, take 10-15 ml of oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then spit it.

This is remedy is said to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth, remove plaque and strengthen gums and teeth, also it whitens teeth naturally. It removes harmful toxins from the mouth and cures any mouth diseases like cavity, sensitivity or gingivitis. Oils that are cold-pressed and free from chemicals are recommended

Many oils can be used for oil pulling, like coconut oil, sunflower oil, but the one which is highly recommended by Ayurveda is sesame oil. Sesame oil is named as queen of oils. It is made out of sesame seeds, they can be found in white or black in colour, they are rich in protein and vitamin B. Sesame oil has a strong, pungent smell and taste and is mostly used for cooking, but it is also known as a best natural mouth freshener. It works best for oil pulling.

Some potential properties of sesame oil are:

  • It is full of antioxidants
  • It is full of vitamin E
  • It contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Sesame oil for oil pulling

Sesame oil is traditionally used for oil pulling practices, especially because it has chlorosesamone, which has antifungal activity and Also, polyunsaturated fatty acids present in sesame oil reduces free radical injury occurring in the oral cavity. It has been seen over time that oil pulling with sesame oil reduces bacteria, toxins and pus from the interstitium.

How it works:- 

Sesame oil when swished in the mouth does a saponification method, in which oil is broken down by bicarbonate present in saliva and form a soap that fights microorganisms and removes plaque.

Benefits of sesame oil used for oil pulling:

  1. Has anti-plaque effect

    Sesame oil is widely used for oil pulling because it has anti-plaque effects. it removes plaque from the teeth and brightens teeth. It builds up as a soap in the mouth, which helps in removing plaque.
     
  2. Removes tartar

    Tartar is hard calcified deposits on the teeth which results from old plaque which is not removed from the teeth. If not cured, tartar may get rigid and will not come off from the teeth and will need medical treatment. Sesame oil works best in this case. It has anti-bacterial properties which will fight harmful bacteria and remove tartar. This will not work with one time use, it may take 1-2 months for best results.
     
  3. Cures bad breath

    Sesame oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants. Oil pulling with sesame oil can remove harmful toxins from the mouth and results in fresh breath.
     
  4. Strengthens gums

    Sesame oil has high anti-inflammation properties, which reduce inflammation and improve gum health and works as the best agent for disease-causing bacteria. It acts as a seal and protective layer and support structure of the teeth.
     
  5. Improves sinus health

    Oil pulling with sesame oil has shown improvement in sinus health. It cures problems related to nasal discharge and a stuffy nose. There is a complicated connection between mouth, throat and nose, so oil pulling with sesame oil cures sinus problems by removing

    Considering all the above factors, oil pulling with sesame oil is a great way to improve oral health. Not only does it help remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums, but it can also help clear up sinus infections. If you're looking for an all-around healthy oral hygiene routine, oil pulling with sesame oil is a great way to go.

Also Read: Astonishing Ways to Use Sesame Oil for Skin and Face Whitening

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