We can all agree taking care of our teeth and gums is important. After all, we only get one set of permanent choppers and we need to keep them healthy. The question is, what’s the best way to care for them? The prevailing theory for most of the last century was that gum disease and cavities were caused by bacteria, and we needed to banish the bacteria to prevent oral disease.
A surprising number of common practices and over-the-counter products aren’t actually backed up by evidence. Talk to your dentist, do your own research, and pay attention to your own experience to determine the best methods for caring for your teeth and gums.
What does the new paradigm mean for oral care? The science is still in its infancy. But, as it develops, you may want to adjust your approach to oral health to promote a healthy state of balance in the mouth rather than banishing bacteria. Keep reading to learn how:
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Have you heard of oil pulling? Long known, but not often advertised, the process of oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual. The practice has been around for an estimated time of over 3,000 years and has been practiced by many Native people! The practice of oil pulling (also called gundusha) started in India thousands of years ago and was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.
The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health since oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.
The process involves swishing around organic oils in your mouth for 5-20 minutes every day before spitting it out.
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