I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for 12 years. Avurveda is a system of medicine with roots in India and often goes hand in hand with yogic practice. A few years back, I went to a seminar at my favorite yoga center and learned about “oil pulling” which for years has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to keep teeth clean and whiter.
Oil pulling ie “kavala” involves swishing a tablespoon of oil ( sesame, coconut etc.) in the mouth for around 10-20 minutes. It draws out toxins and helps clean the teeth naturally. You can start with 5 minutes and work your way up to the desired amount of time.
I mentioned this technique to a few of my adventurous patients and re-evaluated their teeth and plaque buildup at their subsequent check-up appointments. The results were amazing! The patients also reported feeling their teeth felt smoother and shinier.
I myself, have tried the technique and have added it to my dental hygiene regimen at least twice a week with equally great results. If you are equally adventurous and looking for a fun natural experiment to improve your oral health…try it out and post your results!!!