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Oil pulling, also known as kavala or gunusha, is an ancient
Ayurvedic dental technique usually associated with Indian
medical remedies that dates back almost 5,000 years. It’s done
by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes
a day on an empty stomach. Advocates claim a host of dental
benefits by supposedly drawing out toxins in the body, primarily
to improve oral health. Benefits include prevention of halitosis
(bad breath), reduction of overall bacteria, stronger gums and
whiter teeth. Although any type of oil is effective, most people
use coconut oil due to its high antibacterial properties. Patients
have also reported less TMJ pain, clearer sinuses and improvement
with acne, psoriasis and eczema. Although there’s relatively little
conclusive trial data about the benefits of oil pulling, it’s apparent
that coconut oil does make a great substitute for mouthwash.
Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant with
antifungal and antibacterial properties. The long-term effects
are still unknown, but people have reported great results. At the
very least, we do know cleaning our mouth with oil will not have
a harmful effect. So if you’re looking for a way to boost your oral
health, try oil pulling.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Miami native Dr. Jessica
Eagan graduated from New
York University College Of
Dentistry, where she achieved
multiple degrees in dentistry.
She now practices in her
state-of-the-art dental office
located in the heart of The
When it comes to luxury personal care products, the teeth are
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