Oil pulling increases the mechanical pressure inside the oral cavity. It triggers the reflexes (pressoreceptors) present in the mouth. Due to this, it increases saliva inside the mouth. An enzyme (lysozyme) present in saliva prevents the production of bacteria. As a result, it helps prevent bad breath and maintain oral hygiene. So, making oil pulling a part of your morning routine can be valuable for your oral health.
Oil is chiefly used for this purpose because it removes the bacterias easily from interdental spaces. It also keeps the oral pH normal and removes the toxins from the mouth. As a result, oil pulling helps to boost oral hygiene.
Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash for oral hygiene:
Alcohol-based mouthwash can provide you temporary freshness inside the mouth, but later it leaves your mouth dry. Overuse of mouthwashes can even kill good bacteria inside the mouth. Due to this, harmful bacterias may take over and lead to infection.
Also, some mouthwashes contain acidic compounds which weaken teeth enamel. So, use it only with your dentist’s recommendation.
- Do not swallow the swished oil.
- Avoid spitting in the basin; otherwise, it may clog the basin pipe.