About a year ago, I got a reeeeeeally bad tooth ache. It lasted for over 2 weeks. Living in the bay area, miles away from my family dentist, without health insurance at the time, I was not about to pay out of pocket to go to a dentist that I didn’t even know. So, I turned to the internet.
As I researched, I noticed one thing popping up over and over again – oil pulling. I had never heard of it, but kept reading blog after blog about oil pulling healing cavities, whitening teeth, and creating a healthier smile.
After doing hours of research, reading articles, and talking with a few health professionals, I decided to go about healing my tooth ache naturally using 3 simple ingredients:
- Oil Pulling
- Bentonite Clay
- Activated Charcoal
A great little bonus to healthy teeth is white teeth! It took only 2 days of this regime for my tooth ache to go away, and now I keep this up regularly.
Oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that is simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil (coconut oil, sesame oil, or olive oil) in your mouth for 20 minutes.
Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
To date, there are 16 oil pulling research studies reporting on the health benefits of oil pulling. I use and recommend coconut oil for a few reasons:
- Balances Hormones
- Kills Candida
- Improves Digestion
- Moisturizes Skin
- Reduces Cellulite
- Decreases Wrinkles and Age Spots
- Balances Blood Sugar and Improve Energy
- Improves Alzheimer’s
- Increases HDL and Lower LDL Cholesterol
- Burns Fat
Because it is highly absorbable, you can experience many of these benefits simply by oil pulling!
This is how I like to do oil pulling:
- Oil pull first thing in the morning right after getting out of bed before brushing your teeth or drinking anything.
- Gently swish 1 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 20 minutes making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil.
- Spit out the oil in the trash (not the sink so it doesn’t clog up the plumbing) and immediately rinse your mouth out with water (use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
- Brush your teeth as normal.
- Voila, easy as that!
I recommend oil pulling 3-4x per week with coconut oil to reap all the amazing benefits!
Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, this healing clay recently gained some spotlight in the U.S. and Europe as a trusted product that can be added to any detoxification program.
The mouth is one of the most susceptible areas of the body when it comes to harmful outside “invaders” taking over, like bacteria and toxins. Bentonite clay binds to unhealthy substances in the mouth, such as around the teeth and on the tongue and gums, and helps to remove them before you swallow them and become sick. Because of Bentonite’s antibacterial properties, it has been used in natural toothpastes and even mixed with water and used as a daily rinse.
On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium. This makes it a great addition to toothpaste to remineralize teeth.
You can make your own natural toothpaste using Bentonite clay, or you can purchase a great brand like Earthpaste. Earthpaste’s ingredients are all natural and from the Earth. No glycerin, no fluoride, no foaming agents, no artificial coloring. Earthpaste is simple: water, Redmond Clay, Real Salt, xylitol, and essential oils. #mudmouth
I brush with Quip toothbrushes. They are affordable, effective, and pretty. What I like best about Quip is that they automatically send you new brush heads in the mail every 3 months so you don’t have to worry about it. The vibrating head turns on for exactly 2 minutes pausing at 30 second intervals so you can thoroughly and evenly clean each quadrant of your mouth. These brushes are easy to us, store, and travel with – highly recommended!
Activated charcoal is a potent natural treatment used to trap toxins and chemicals in the body, allowing them to be flushed out so the body doesn’t reabsorb them.
One of the most popular activated charcoal uses is for the safe and effective treatment of poisoning and drug overdoses. It’s used in emergency trauma centers across the world. In addition, it’s used to reduce bloating and gas, lower cholesterol, treat bile flow problems safely during pregnancy, and even prevent hangovers.(1) Research even shows that activated charcoal works better than stomach pumping (gastric lavage) in some situations.(2)
The porous surface of activated charcoal has a negative electric charge that causes positive charged toxins and gas to bond with it. The nooks and crannies in activated charcoal are created through a heating process. It’s important to note that activated charcoal is not charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Barbecue charcoal is loaded with toxins and chemicals, and should never be consumed.
It works to whiten teeth by adsorbing plaque and microscopic tidbits that stain teeth. This activated charcoal use is cost-effective and an all-natural solution for a bright smile.
***BE CAREFUL*** it can (and will) stain grout and fabrics so protect counters, floors, and clothing before using.
To whiten your teeth naturally using activated charcoal:
- Wet a toothbrush and dip into powdered activated charcoal or open a capsule of activated charcoal and pour powder contents onto brush.
- Brush teeth as normal, paying special attention to areas showing the most staining.
- Rinse well, until spit is clear.
For best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal 2-3x per week.
NOTE: If you have crowns, caps or porcelain veneers, it’s possible that activated charcoal will stain them. In addition, if your teeth become sensitive, quit using it.