For expectant Mums, it's vital to take care of your health but can be more difficult to do so.
Of course it makes sense to be careful about what you use prior to conception and during pregnancy, to avoid harming your unborn baby. We now know that whatever you put in your body is also absorbed by your baby, as you're sharing the same blood.
Oil pulling during and pre-pregnancy is an easy way to take better care of your health - and your baby's.
The Harvard Medical School Publication The Harvard Review, which gives trusted advice for a healthier life, reports health improvements among pregnant women who treated periodontal disease. Premature births and other complications are linked to this problem.
The information was proven from studying health costs - which were a huge 74% lower among pregnant women in the USA who took action on their periodontal disease.
“This is a really solid finding and a testimony to what we’ve been preaching,” says periodontist Dr. Alpdogan Kantarci of the Harvard-affiliated Forsyth Institute, an oral health research organisation. Daily tooth care can prevent and even reverse the earliest form of gum disease, called gingivitis.
Gum disease begins when the sticky, bacteria known as plaque builds up around your teeth. This is closely linked to premature birth, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health problems. A report in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that treating gum disease (also called periodontal disease) can lead to better health, lower health care costs and fewer visits to hospital.
This independent evidence proves that simple, noninvasive periodontal therapy may improve health both in pregnancy and other conditions
The study looked at health and dental insurance records from nearly 339,000 people, who had periodontal disease and another health issue - including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease (usually a stroke) or pregnancy. Researchers found that people with any one of these conditions who had periodontal disease treatment had lower medical costs and less time in hospital compared with people who weren’t treated.
Separate research on oil pulling, reported in the NCBI, on the "Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis", reported a significant decrease in plaque and gum disease by measuring the gingival index (the indication of gingivitis which precedes periodontal disease) after just 30 days.
A statistically significant decrease in plaque and gingivitas was noticed from day 7 and continued to decrease during the period of study.
"Oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis."
The significant reduction in gingivitis is because of decreased plaque and the anti-inflammatory, emollient effect of coconut oil.
In the study there was a 50% decrease in the plaque and gingival index scores in 4 weeks which is comparable to the decrease produced by chlorhexidine.
Using chemical mouthwash is not recommended for children or during pregnancy due to the toxic ingredients.
Oil pulling in this study proved a 50% decrease in the plaque and gingival index scores in 4 weeks which is comparable to the decrease produced by chlorhexidine commercially available mouthwashes. Chlorhexidine containing mouthwashes have been found to be the most effective among chemical mouthwashes.
The trouble with chlorhexidine when used long term is that it alters taste sensation and produces brown staining on the teeth which is very difficult to remove. The mucous membranes and the tongue can also be affected and may be related to the precipitation of chromogenic dietary factors on to the teeth and mucous membranes.21 Staining is also associated with the of long term use of Phenol compound and stannous fluoride containing mouth washes.22
In the study on coconut oil pulling there were no reported taste changes and no staining from the oil.
Studies show that coconut oil has substantial antimicrobial activity. This is because of the presence of monolaurin which has 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. krusei7,28 Studies also show that coconut oil is affective against S. mutans and C. albicans in an in vitro oral biofilm model.29
Oil pulling is proven effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis - and most importantly, to be safe and cost effective.
Not all coconut oils are equal of course. Mintycoco's Vitalock System™ coconut oil is carefully extracted from hand-picked coconuts grown by organic farmers in Sri Lanka. Our virgin, organic coconut oil is blended with exactly the right mixture of organic peppermint essence to create the famous Mintycoco taste - the world's most delicious oil pulling formula.
Your sense of taste is particularly important when you're pregnant - when senses of taste and smell are heightened and easily upset. Nature's so clever at making our senses of taste and smell particularly acute at this crucial time - designed to protect the unborn baby from ingesting bacteria and mould through the mother's bloodstream.
It's natural for Mums To Be to do everything possible to enhance health and wellbeing. Mintycoco makes naturally whiter teeth and a healthier body - for both of you - even easier.