A Little Secret... How To Whiten Your Teeth
I thought I'd let you into a little secret. A simple and effective way of whitening your teeth.
Actually, it is pretty easy to whiten your teeth in the short term, from salt, chalk and charcoal, from baking soda to hydrated silica - all these substances whiten teeth. They "whiten" by removing the top layer of your tooth and exposing a new cleaner layer.
The problem however, is that they do so at the long term expense of your teeth health by "grating" or "sand-papering" away the protective enamel that surrounds the dentin of each tooth. This strategy may be useful as a periodic routine to give a whiter smile, but should not be used too regularly, for our teeth will become thinner, more fragile, structurally weaker and less immune to cavities.
The solution for a daily whitening routine is simple: Oil pulling is a oral practice that dates back to the early ancestry of Ayurvedic medicine.
Much has been documented regarding its effect not just on oral health but on the improvements it can impart to the entire body, it truly is a hidden gem. But in simple regards to teeth whitening Oil Pulling does 4 things:
1) It helps to pull out toxins from the gums which can stain teeth.
2) It assists in expelling mucous and phelgm which can contribute to staining around the gum line.
3) It helps to remove deeply embedded debris that have been secretly lodged in between teeth and the gum line.
4) AND most importantly (hence the bold): the lipids of the oil help to literally draw out many of the stains in the enamel, which can not be washed out by water alone. This is becuase many stains are fat soluble only, that means they are unlikley to be removed, unless oil is present to extrude them out. The swishing proces of Oil Pulling works wonders here.
All you need is an organic, cold-pressed oil. From olive oil, sesame, flax, sea buckthorn, virgin coconut, or sunflower oil, your main goal, to begin with, is to find a high quality oil that you can use on a daily basis
First thing in the morning on an empty stomach is best to do Oil Pulling, but if another time works better for you, that’s fine. Take about 1 tablespoon of oil in the mouth, and swish it through the teeth gently, not vigorously, in a comfortable way, for 5-15 minutes. Don’t simply swish side to side, but back and forth in the way you might do with mouthwash.
If you have the urge to swallow, exhale slowly (through the nose!) and continue breathing slowly until the urge passes. If you really need to swallow, go ahead and swallow just from the back of the throat, keeping the oil in the front of your mouth.
If it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again another day. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth.
When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it will become somewhat whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 15 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this.
Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is very helpful.
Et voila! Oil Pulling, Try it for 2 weeks straight to convince yourself.
Kyle Vialli is one of Europe's leading vitality coaches. He often conducts workshops in Europe and Australia and is the forthcoming author of "What in the World am I Supposed to Eat?".
I came across this little article quite by accident as a friend of mine had shared it on her wall. I was quite impressed with the article as well as Kyle's gleaming white choppers. I'm doing oil pulling daily now and expect great results. I hope you enjoyed this article.