So you might have heard that bacteria build up in the mouth
is detrimental to the entire body, right? And you might wonder what exactly
works to combat this harmful bacteria?
Because we work hard to avoid “endocrine disruptors” of various kinds,
we also don't want them in our mouthwash and/or anything that touches our face
Many of us with fibromyalgia have compromised
immune systems and we cannot afford to be any further compromised by either
bacteria OR by chemicals or alcohols used to mitigate the bacteria. Oil pulling
is an easy and effective method of naturally destroying the bacteria in our
entire mouth (between our teeth, around our gums, on our tongue and in the back
of our throat area).
Prevention of all disease is about removing as many of the
potential causative factors as possible.
If you or anyone in your family suffers from heart disease, oil pulling
is an effective and non-invasive remedy to controlling the harmful bacterium,
known to be one perpetuating factor in this condition.
Other oil pulling techniques usually advise that either coconut oil or other recommended
oils be swished in the mouth for a period of about 20 minutes. My technique shortens this time, and can be
done while getting ready for the day in the morning before breakfast, or at
night while getting ready for bed.
This way we can avoid boredom. I started doing it this way because most people will not “swish” for the recommended 20 minutes and will quickly abandon this excellent method of oral hygiene.
I have a technique that I use for
oil pulling that works well and makes it easier by using Swanson EFAs organic coconut oil capsules that can be stored easily in
the bathroom rather than storing a jar of coconut oil and is also more cost
effective. I also combine with a very small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide that is
appropriate for using as a mouth rinse and commonly found in any drug store.
Simply put one or two (I use two) capsules of organic coconut oil in the mouth, with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Chew on the soft capsules until they break open, continuing to chew and swish both of these in the mouth for at least 10-minutes. The outer capsule will dissolve into the liquid in your mouth after chewing.
The “chewing” helps to really get the oils in between the gums and teeth better than just swishing. The mixture will “foam” slightly in the mouth. This procedure will also help to ‘draw out’ mucous from the back of the tongue and throat area. After the ten minutes, simply spit out the foamy mixture and brush or rinse teeth as usual. (Note: Using plain coconut oil sans capsules is also fine)
Note: Never swallow the “swishing” mixture as it is loaded with bacteria. (Also remember that the above technique is a 'swishing' and not a 'gargling', although it can bring mucous out of the throat area)