I challenged myself to oil pull for 30 days.
You may be wondering what Oil Pulling is? According to wikipedia.org “It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that describes oil pulling as capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or asthma. The practitioner [you] rinses the mouth with approximately one tablespoon of oil (sesame and sunflower oils are the most recommended) for 15–20 minutes on an empty stomach (before eating/drinking) then spits it out.” You must brush your teeth (with water, or tooth soap) immediately after oil pulling. Oiling pulling pulls toxins from the blood stream and mixes with the oil and saliva in your mouth. It is best to not swallow any of the oil. I spit the oil in the garbage as I don’t want to clog my drain with oil.
I will be using unrefined, un-toasted organic sesame oil. It tastes a little like mild peanut butter and is quite pleasant in the early AM hours. I always start my day with lemon water, so this will be a change!
My intention is to:
1. Detox my body on a deeper level
2. Reduce/ eliminate the minor tooth sensitivity I have
3. Whiten my teeth (I feel my teeth are already white enough, I just thought I’d test to see if it makes a difference) Before and After photos of my teeth?? Sure! Notice the slight grey hue on my bottom teeth. This is new, I am not sure what caused it, but we will find out if oil pulling shifts that.
4. Support healing of my receding gum line
AFTER THE 30 DAYS:
I write this as I complete the last day of my 30 Day Oil Pulling Challenge. As I sit here gently swishing the oil around in my mouth. I am wondering why I didn't start doing this sooner? My mouth has never felt better.
I can 100% say that this will be a modality I will practice long term. Not only did I enjoy the physical benefits I received but it also "forced" me to quiet my mouth and mind for 20-30 minutes each morning.
I missed 3 days because of poor timing on my part and partially some laziness. On those days I missed my new habit.
I noticed that Oil Pulling also encouraged better dental hygiene habits for me. Each day after pulling I would scrape my tongue, floss my teeth, and brush. It made for a very clean and healthy feeling mouth.
Here are a few tips I learned from my experience:
I am not sure if my teeth are any whiter yet. I think they are, but it only has been 1 month. I have noticed that my gums are more plump and strong, meaning the receding gums must be healing. I am sure as time passes they will whiten more.
I tried my best to take the after photo in the same lighting but I took it in the day time instead of evening like the before photo. As you can see they are totally different, haha. Fail. Oh well, you get the point.
Here they are:
The greyness in my bottom teeth has gotten A LOT better, almost totally gone. I am really looking forward to it completely going away as I continue on with oil pulling.
I have no more gum and tooth sensitivity. I can rinse with cold water with no problems when before my mouth would ache. I can breathe in cold air and drink cold smoothies with no problems anymore either. I am so happy I challenged myself to consistently do this for 30 days. It has made my daily life a lot better, and with such a simple technique.
If you haven't started oil pulling yet, I encourage you do so.
Want a laugh?? Click here to see the after pic of my whole face! I find it challenging being able to show all my teeth, so that was the face I had to make... I think it's really funny!