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Oil Pulling for Better Oral Health

Wednesday, January 26th 2022 10:00am 4 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

A growing body of research shows that the health of your mouth is crucial to your overall health. An unhealthy oral cavity raises the risk of developing serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Oil pulling is a simple, inexpensive method to balance microorganisms in your mouth and improve your health.

Oil pulling involves swishing a pure oil around in your mouth to draw out toxins from your body. The practice is Ayurvedic in nature, and it can improve gingivitis, halitosis, and dental plaque. Oil pulling on a regular basis has been shown to clear your skin, improve the luster of your hair, eliminate parasites, reduce joint pain, whiten teeth, and improve body odor.

The importance of good oral hygiene

Having a healthy balance of the microorganisms in your mouth has a critical role in your overall health. Numerous studies have linked periodontal disease and a higher risk of cognitive decline and stroke.

One common oral bacteria is streptococcus mutans. Without good oral hygiene, it will grow unchecked and secrete toxins that enter your bloodstream. These toxins increase the level of cytokine Interleukin – 12 (IL-12), which causes inflammation and contributes to the development of chronic disease. Higher levels of IL-12 are linked to endothelial dysfunction, which can lead to stroke, dementia, or heart disease.

Oil pulling in addition to brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing are important for oral hygiene. Still, oil pulling offers some unique benefits that brushing and flossing do not. Oil pulling can bind and eliminate more microorganisms while reaching areas that brushing and flossing do not, including deep pockets in your teeth and areas surrounding root canals.

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