Swishing oil around in the mouth—known as oil pulling—is an ancient Ayurvedic practice for promoting oral cleanliness and health. It may seem bizarre, but it is, in fact, a proven wellness practice that has immense benefits. Firstly, it helps to rid the mouth and body of ama (excess impurities and toxins). Studies show that is has an effect on the reduction of plaque and gingivitis. As the oils swishes throughout the mouth the debris, viruses, bacteria, and other toxins stick to it, ultimately pulling it from the mouth.
Our oral cavity is often looked at as a telling sign of what else is happening in the body, from gut issues to autoimmune diseases. Billions upon billions of organisms fester in the mouth, many of which can contribute to various illnesses and diseases, from cardiovascular issues to diabetes. All of this is interconnected with our oral health, which makes it an essential element to care for. Oil pulling helps to kill bacteria connected to these health ailments, ultimately preventing various illnesses.
There are also the superficial benefits: Oil pulling is key for freshening breath, and even whitening the teeth. At UMA, we love it because it can also feel like a massage on the gums and tongue.