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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
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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:
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.