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Oil Pulling

Can You Oil Pull While Breastfeeding?

A lot of people ask, "Is it safe to oil pull while pregnant or nursing?" Before reading, please keep this in mind: before you do anything, check with your healthcare provider. But in general, oil pulling is a very gentle form of detoxing.

How does oil pulling work?

Any toxins pulled out of your mouth during oil pulling leave your mouth when you spit out the oil. This process 'skips' any toxins from taking the 'normal' path through the bloodstream. Even so, the bloodstream does not crossover into breastmilk.

What is the best oil to use?

The more pure and alkaline the oil, the better. That's why we recommend Skinny Coconut Oil. It's the only alkaline coconut oil on the market today and it's 100% pure. Coconut oil also has the effect of being naturally anti-microbial. Read our full review here.

Oil Pulling for Sensitive Teeth

Does oil pulling help sensitive teeth?

There is some anecdotal evidence that oil pulling does help reduce sensitivity in teeth, but results vary. However, some people have reported that it actually increases sensitivity in teeth. There could be various reasons for this:

  • Not everyone is using the same oil - some people may be using sesame seed oil and some may be using coconut oil, which is less acidic
  • Not all coconut oils are the same - even within coconut oils, there is a wide variance from manufacturers on how coconut oil is produced
  • Dental conditions may vary - depending on the condition of their teeth and gums, oil pulling may not even be recommended - consult your dentist first

While some report that oil pulling helps them with their sensitive teeth, the reasons for this can vary. Some people report a 'tightening' of the gums around tooth and so if the reason for tooth sensitivity is recessed gums, there may be some relief from oil pulling.

If you have sensitive teeth, some people have reported relief from ozone therapy or from a typical 'sensitive toothpaste' used to diminish teeth sensitivity that contains anti-tooth-sensitivity agents as potassium chloride, potassium nitrate and potassium citrate.

How does oil pulling work?

Microorganisms inhabiting the mouth consist of a single cell, which are covered with a lipid (fatty) membrane, which is the cell’s skin. When these cells come into contact with the fat in oil they naturally adhere to each other. The longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. After roughly 20 minutes the person spits out the oil and rinses thoroughly with water to rid the mouth of those microbes.

What is the best oil to use?

People have used different types of oil such as sesame and sunflower oil, but these oils are acidic and pro-inflammatory. Coconut oil is preferred because it's less acidic (some brands are actually alkaline), which won't damage your tooth enamel. Also, coconut oil contains 50% lauric acid, which is known to help fight microbes in the mouth.

Best Oil Pulling Coconut Oil

One question we often get is: "What's the best oil for oil pulling?" We already know that coconut oil is the best oil for oil pulling because it's the only non-acidic, alkaline oil and that Skinny Coconut Oil is the best brand of coconut oil, but when they combined it with peppermint oil, it makes the best oil pulling coconut oil on the market today. Best Oil Pulling Coconut OilOil Pulling is easy. In the morning, simply place one tablespoon of Skinny and Company Coconut Oil in your mouth. If it's solid, wait for it to melt in your mouth. Once melted, begin to swish the oil around for five to twenty minutes. Move the oil around your mouth, teeth and gums as if it were mouthwash, but don't gargle or swallow it. Once finished, dispose of the oil in the trash (it may clog your pipes). As a final step, rinse out your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as normal. For best results, oil pull once a day.

Why Skinny Coconut Oil?

According to their website, "Skinny Coconut Oil is the only 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil on the market today. On the pH scale, Skinny tests at a 7.3 (alkaline), whereas our competitors are testing at a 3.5 - 5.5 (acidic). Needless to say, acidic oil harms teeth enamel – making it imperative to oil pull exclusively with Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil." As a dentist, this just makes sense to me and that's why I recommend it to my patients. "The alkalinity of a natural, wild coconut is roughly 7.3 - that's how you know you are getting a quality product with Skinny!" It's available to buy in-store or online at Skinny Coconut Oil.

Everything you need to know about Oil Pulling, the Holistic Dental Care Method

Much has been said about oil pulling. Some say it's just a trend despite many dentists like Dr. Reese recommending it for dental care and it being used as an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for thousands of years. We will answer some of the commonly asked questions about oil pulling in this post. How to Oil Pull in Indianapolis

Q. Which oil is best for oil pulling? A. Sesame seed oil could be used, but it's acidic, which may damage your enamel. Coconut oil is alkaline, which is why it is the best oil for oil pulling.

Q. Which coconut oil is the best? A. We recommend Skinny Coconut Oil because it is 100% raw, virgin coconut oil created using low-heat fresh from the jungles of Vietnam.

Q. Is oil pulling safe for amalgams? A. Yes, but we recommend safely removing amalgams.

Q. How long should I oil pull for? A. It is recommended you oil pull for 20 minutes. (Pro tip: do it while you're doing something else such as taking a shower.)

Q. When should I notice its effects? A. There are those who notice an immediate effect like a lighter feeling about having cleaner teeth while there are those who noticed their teeth were whiter or had less stains after three months. You may also notice your gums getting 'tighter' as they become less inflamed.

Coconut Oil Pulling is Recommended by Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese, being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, believes in the beneficial health effects coconut oil pulling can do not only to your teeth but to your overall health as well. Dr. Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD is an Indianapolis holistic dentist practicing integrated dentistry. At Indianapolis Dentistry we are proud to be offering a state-of-the-art dental office combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health. This is known as Biological, Holistic, Whole Body, or Biocompatible Dentistry. Our focus is not only the health of your teeth and gums, but of your entire body that may be affected by improper restorations, poor occlusion, or periodontal infection.

Is it Safe to Oil Pull with Amalgams?

Dr. Reese, being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, along with several other dentists, believes in the beneficial health effects coconut oil pulling can do not only to your teeth but to your overall health as well. Ever since we have recommended coconut oil pulling to be part of one’s oral hygiene, we have encountered several questions on the process, what coconut oil to use and how long until they see its effects or benefits. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “Is it safe to oil pull with amalgams?” According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a dental amalgam, sometimes referred to as “silver filling,” is a silver-colored material used to fill (restore) teeth that have cavities. Dental amalgam is made of two nearly equal parts: liquid mercury and a powder containing silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals.

Issues concerning its safety have been raised. When amalgam fillings are placed in or removed from teeth, they can release a small amount of mercury vapor. Amalgam can also release small amounts of mercury vapor during chewing, and people can absorb these vapors by inhaling or ingesting them. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), where Dr. Reese is a member, advocates for mercury-free fillings.

Since mercury vapor is considered dangerous, and oil pulling can “pull” or remove harmful substances from the oral cavity, questions about the safety of oil pulling when one has amalgams have been brought up.

Is it safe to oil pull with amalgams?

Yes, it is safe to oil pull with amalgams.

Much of the mercury from amalgams may have been absorbed directly through the tissues of the mouth and into the many nerve endings that serve the region, from where the mercury tracks into the central nervous system. Regular oil pulling may help to reverse this process causing the mercury to progressively be pulled out of the nerve endings (and ultimately the CNS).

Oil pulling works on the “like vs. like” mechanism. It dissolves fat-soluble toxins such as elemental and organic mercury. As these toxins are pulled from the mouth and expelled, more fat-soluble toxins are progressively mobilized and redistributed from around the body, ready for another pulling.

Oil pulling benefits are felt almost immediately, but chronic problems may require a few weeks or several months or more of diligent use.

Dr. Reese Recommends Skinny Coconut Oil

We recommend a raw, extra-virgin coconut oil like Skinny Coconut Oil because the more pure the coconut oil is, the more toxins it can pull from your mouth during the pulling process. Place 1 full tablespoon of coconut oil into the mouth (if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt) and then push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. Do not gargle the oil as it is now considered toxic and could further infect your throat. Spit it into the trash or toilet rather than the sink as the oil could clog your sink drain over time. We have them as one of our dental products.

Is Coconut Oil Pulling Recommended by Dentists?

With the holistic approach towards oral and dental health care gaining ground, oil pulling is one of the latest trends in the health world today. A lot of patients have been asking, “Is coconut oil pulling recommended by dentists?” Dr. Reese on Oil Pulling

Coconut Oil Pulling is Recommended by Dr. Reese

Dr. Reese, being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, believes in the beneficial health effects coconut oil pulling can do not only to your teeth but to your overall health as well.

There has been a lot of research showing that raw coconut oil is effective in killing bacteria for tooth decay too.

Coconut Oil Pulling and Streptococcus Bacteria

Researchers at the Athlone Institute of Technology's Bioscience Research Institute in Ireland set out to test coconut oil's biocidal properties against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

Dr. Damien Brady and his research team tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion.

The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of your mouth.They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay. It is thought that the breaking down of the fatty coconut oil by the enzymes turns it into acids, which are toxic to certain bacteria.Enzyme-modified coconut oil was also harmful to the yeast Candida albicans, which can cause thrush. (Source)

Coconut Oil Pulling and Gingivitis

Another study compared oil pulling and chlorhexidine in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis. Both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash were effective against gingivitis.

Coconut Oil Pulling and Halitosis (Bad Breath)

In a third study of 20 adolescents, oil pulling therapy significantly reduced all markers for bad breath and was just as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash.

An article says this about dentists weighing in on the oil pulling craze:

As dentists have said as they have weighed in on the oil pulling craze, there seem to be no known side effects. One of the advantages to Ayurvedic medicine cited by practitioners is that it commonly has no side effects or adverse reactions in people, as opposed to many of the medicines or remedies of the Western culture. Ayurvedic medicine focuses on removing toxins from the body to promote good health, and uses all-natural substances in the body as remedies instead of anything which includes chemicals. The principle of Ayurveda is that good health of a person will be reached when a person’s body, mind, and spirit are at one with the universe.

Dr. Reese Recommends Skinny Coconut Oil

We recommend a raw, extra-virgin coconut oil like Skinny Coconut Oil because the more pure the coconut oil is, the more toxins it can pull from your mouth during the pulling process. Place 1 full tablespoon of coconut oil into the mouth (if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt) and then push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. Do not gargle the oil as it is now considered toxic and could further infect your throat. Spit it into the trash or toilet rather than the sink as the oil could clog your sink drain over time. We have them as one of our dental products.