Jan 10 2016 Tags: best way to oil pull, coconut oil for teeth, how to get rid of gingivitis, how to whiten teeth, Mintycoco, mintycoconuts, oil pulling benefits, oil pulling which tastes good, organic coconut oil pulling, scientific evidence for oil pulling, Streptococcus mutans
We get lots of questions about the best way to oil pull and why use coconut oil for your teeth... so we thought you might find it helpful to hear how we use it?
This is how I (Angela) oil pull:
- It's best to oil pull first thing in the morning before brushing/flossing. That's because all the bad bacteria have been multiplying in a sort of overnight bad boys party, from the tooth decay and gum disease (which most of us have). When you brush/floss first thing in the morning without first oil pulling, you risk the bad bacteria going straight through any little open wounds and into your bloodstream, causing further inflammation. When you see any blood after brushing/flossing, that's the evidence that what's in your mouth is going directly into your bloodstream, through those those bleeding wounds.
- There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Streptococcus Mutans is one of the main bacteria in the mouth and a key player in plaque buildup and tooth decay. These bacteria can cause all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis, cavities and inflammation.
- The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the Mintycoco around your mouth, the bacteria are "trapped" in the oil solution. So you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
- When I started, it seemed strange but now my mouth doesn't feel clean unless I oil pull with Mintycoco every morning! And it really makes teeth whiter.
- To start, I suggest you just use half the sachet for the first two days (use half, fold it over and stand the sachet upright till the next day).
- Use it when you first wake up - some Mintycoconuts keep a sachet by their phone, beside the bed, and use it first, before checking messages/facebook or whatever - then carry on with your usual morning routine and before you know it, you'll have oil pulled.
- It really helps that Mintycoco tastes so good!
- To be most effective, oil pull for 5-20 minutes - it seems a long time but it soon passes. The longer the better - so ideally 15-20 minutes.
- If you've ever tried to meditate or practice mindfulness, you'll find that oil pulling helps you to be more mindful first thing in the morning too, which is an added bonus :) There's tons of clinical evidence about how meditation and mindfulness improve your life, from increasing your IQ to lowering stress, so I love this extra mindfulness when I'm oil pulling.
We've spent months of research, worked with biochemists, dental and medical professionals, organic suppliers, testing and trialling both the efficacy and taste of Mintycoco. All to create the world's most delicious oil pulling formula so that you can get all the benefits of oil pulling every day.
To help even more, you can now get a Subscribe and Save with Mintycoco option and save a whopping 15% :) and Mintycoco donates to the Rainbow Centre with every sachet sold, helping children escape extreme poverty, so everyone smiles.
Hope this helps you figure out the best way to oil pull and Keep Smiling!
Love to all you Mintycoconuts,
Angela and Robbie
Here's some of the scientific evidence for oil pulling:
Studies show that coconut oil has substantial antimicrobial activity. This is attributed to the presence of monolaurin in coconut oil. It is shown to have significant antimicrobial activity against Escherichia vulneris, Enterobcater spp., Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida spp., including C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, C. parapsilosis, C. stellatoidea and C. krusei. Studies also show that coconut oil is affective against S. mutans and C. albicans.
There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Streptococcus Mutans is one of the main bacteria in the mouth and a key player in plaque buildup and tooth decay.
The bacteria in your mouth create a “biofilm” on your teeth – this is “plaque.”Having some plaque on your teeth is normal, but left to multiply it causes all sorts of problems, including bad breath, yellow teeth, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities.
The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the Mintycoco around your mouth, the bacteria are "trapped" in the oil solution. So you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
Gingivitis is caused by inflammation of the gums and happens when the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in the plaque. A study on oil pulling in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis proved that oil pulling was effective against gingivitis.
Gingivitis is caused by inflammation of the gums and happens when the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in the plaque. A study comparing oil pulling and chlorhexidine in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis proved that oil pulling was effective against gingivitis (4). Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is often caused by the chemicals and gases produced by bacteria in the mouth.
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Bad Breath
Bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, is in many cases (not all) caused by the smell of chemicals and gases produced by bacteria in the mouth.
It makes sense that if you get rid of some of these bacteria, you reduce bad breath.
There have been many studies on the question of "does oil pulling work", which prove that oil pulling significantly reduces all markers for bad breath and helps reduce plaque, gingivitis, periodontal disease etc.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal diseases are mainly the results of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out. Periodontal disease is mostly seen in adults. Periodontal disease and tooth decay are the two biggest threats to dental health.
A recent CDC report1 provides the following data related to prevalence of periodontitis in the U.S.:
- 47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.
- Smokers are even more at risk (64.2%)
Bacteria in the mouth infect tissue surrounding the tooth, causing inflammation around the tooth leading to periodontal disease. When bacteria stay on the teeth long enough, they form a film called plaque, which eventually hardens to tartar, also called calculus. Tartar build-up can spread below the gum line, which makes the teeth harder to clean. Warning signs
Warning signs of periodontal disease:
- Bad breath or bad taste that won't go away
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
What increases the risk for periodontal disease?
- Poor oral hygiene
- Crooked teeth
- Underlying immuno-deficiencies
- Fillings that have become defective
- Taking medications that cause dry mouth
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives