Oil pulling involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes to promote oral hygeine. In this edition of Wellness, YNN's Jill Urban explains the advantages of the unusual technique.
"Oil pulling is taking a cold pressed organic oil and swishing it around your mouth and it’s supposed to get rid of the bad bacteria, detox the mouth, and I don’t know if they are true or not, but there are claims that it can help with asthma, diabetes, getting upper respiratory toxins out," said Colleen Williams.
Williams has been practicing the technique for six months, and said she has seen a clear difference.
"I have noticed the acne on my cheeks has gone down, it helps a lot with canker sores, if you bite your cheek, it pretty much heals it within a day. Working the muscles of the face gives you a brightened lifted look," noted Williams.
Dr. Jonathan Levine, a dentist, said the technique is fine, as long as your can commit to 20 minutes every day.
Dr. Levine said, "What I really like about oil pulling is that people are now focused on their mouth because there is a whole connection between oral health and overall health. If you are going to spend 20 minutes on oil pulling, you can spend two minutes on brushing and also flossing. Your mouth is going to be healthy and we know that inflammation in the mouth is a precursor to inflammation in the body."
However, Dr. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist, doesn't believe the claims it clears up your skin.
She said, "I don’t think that oil pulling is helping your skin, but I think that maybe if people have coconut oil in their cabinet, they are improving their diet and that can improve your skin."
You should use a cold pressed oil like sesame or coconut oil. Also, never swallow it. While you swish it, the mixture will get so thick you shouldn’t even spit it onto the sink because it will clog the drain. Make sure you spit it into the garbage or the toilet.
Once you are done, you should scrap the oil off your tongue, rinse with salt water and brush your teeth.