#Gum Disease

I read about oil pulling recently, which is a traditional Ayurvedic (Indian) medical approach to oral health. Swishing certain oils around your mouth are thought to inhibit bacteria and, since bacteria is at the root (pun intended) of gum disease, this is a good idea.

There are many theories about how it works. See here for some.

But how to do it?

There are plenty of ideas on the t’internet, as always. Some suggest you need to swish merrily for an hour or more, others until the oil goes white or opaque.

I prefer this idea, which suggests a mere (!) 20 minutes first thing in the morning if gum disease is already present:

Put 2 teaspoons of virgin cold pressed sesame oil (use sunflower/coconut if you don’t have any sesame or are allergic to it) into a small cup. Add 2 drops of oregano or clove oil and an opened capsule of emulsified CoQ10. Mix well and swish your bacteria away for 20 mins on rising when the bacteria level is usually at its highest.

This makes good sense. Have a go – your dentist will thank you for it.

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