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Oil pulling is a traditional method of cleaning the mouth, teeth, gums etc by using an oil - usually coconut oil - in the same way you would use a mouthwash. This old method has many benefits including whitening the teeth, reducing plaque and bacteria and improving oral health overall. How do you do it? You generally take a tablespoon of oil and swish it around your mouth for 10-20 minutes. The amount of oil depends on the size of your mouth, you may need less. So how does it work? Coconut oil is usually used because 50% of the fat in coconut oil contains lauric acid which is known for its antimicrobial properties. As the oil is being pushed and pulled around your mouth, the microbes get picked up by the oil which acts like a strong magnet pulling the germs and bacteria that are on your teeth and hiding in the crevices of your gums. The longer you do it the more microbes are picked up. This is continued until the oil turns cloudy and white and then the oil is spit out and the mouth is rinsed with water. (It is not recommended that you spit the oil into the sink, especially coconut oil since it quickly solidifies and this could cause plumbing problems. The oil should be thrown out in a bin or some other method of disposal). So what are your views? Have you tried this method of oral cleansing? Did you like it/dislike it? What are your experiences? Would you try it if you haven't already? I personally haven't tried it yet, but I do plan to as soon as I get myself a quality tub of Coconut oil.
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