A lot of lovely things come naturally to me: I can easily create delicious, healthy recipes, I’m fairly skilled in guitar and music in general, I have a knack for numbers… but one unfortunate thing that always came easily is plaque and cavities. My entire life I’ve dreaded each visit to the dentist, knowing there was likely something unpleasant to discuss. I have TMJ dysfunction (that’s thankfully under control), I wore braces for 6 years and I’ve received more x-rays, needles and time in the dentist’s chair than I’m happy to recount. When I discovered that many autoimmune disease have a negative effect on dental health I knew I had to spice up my dental health care game in order to avoid any unpleasantry. I take my dental hygiene very seriously! Which is why I was stoked to discover coconut oil pulling.
Why You Should be Coconut Oil Pulling
Always eager to add extra health supporting goodness to my routine, I started coconut oil pulling. Oil pulling is a simple, gentle way to clean your beautiful mouth and teeth. And it’s a simple addition to your regular dental care routine. Simply swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for approximately 15 to 20 minutes and say goodbye to strands harmful, cavity causing bacteria! Make sure to spit the oil out once you’re done and thoroughly rinse; you do not want to swallow all of that junk that you’ve just pulled free from your mouth (ick!).
Because coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, you have two choices – you can start with solid oil or you can melt it in a pan on low heat (be sure to let it cool before you start), whichever method works for you. If you’re just starting out, don’t feel like you need to make it 20 minutes right away. Work up to it; start with 5 minutes and see what you think. No need to rush; take your time and get used to it at your own pace!
Why Coconut Oil Works
You may be wondering – why coconut oil? Coconut oil has some wonderful antibacterial and antifungal properties. Its antimicrobial action against Candida albicans and Streptococcus mutans (both known agents in the plaque and cavity conundrum) makes it a perfect dental hygiene agent. Could it get any better? Of course it can! You can spice things up further with Oil of Oregano!
The Reason you should add Oil of Oregano to your Coconut Oil Pulling Routine
This bad-ass oil has some awesome antibacterial and antiviral effects and may even help fight parasitic infections. And it adds to your fight against cavity causing Candida albicans! Eager to destroy plaque and cavity causing bacterial, I always add 3 drops of Oil of Oregano to oil pulling mix.
While I am a huge fan of oil pulling with oregano oil and include it in my daily health care routine, I urge you to see this as a supplementary dental hygiene activity. This by no means replaces brushing and flossing. I even continue to use mouth wash for when I need a quick rinse. Add oil pulling to your day for a gentle, loving way to greet the morning and contribute to your healthy mouth and beautiful, pearly whites. Your teeth will thank you for the extra love and care!
Here’s to healthy mouths and happy smiles,
Thought of the day: I will create rituals that bring me joy and support my wellbeing.