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Video: Ayurvedic Medicine And Oil Mouthwashes
If you've heard of traditional Indian medicine, you've surely heard of oil mouthwash. These mouthwashes, known in English as oil pulling, originated in the natural cures of India and are described in the ancient texts of Ayurvedic medicine. In the early days, sunflower and sesame (sesame) oils were used to prevent gum bleeding, bad breath, and to strengthen teeth and jaw. The two traditional procedures are Gandusha, in which the mouth must be filled with oil and spit out three to five minutes later, and Kavala graha, in which only a small amount of oil is kept in the mouth for three minutes, and after gargling it spits.
The goal of these rinses is to remove toxins and harmful bacteria that build up in the mouth. Supporters of this practice claim that it has many other health benefits (such as the cure of cancer and 30 other diseases) and, although not all are true, they do have some positive effects when combined with other dental health resources. However, the Dental Association of the United States criticizes many studies promoting the use of oil rinses, noting that “scientific studies have not provided the clinical evidence necessary to demonstrate that oil mouth rinses reduce the incidence of caries., whiten teeth or improve oral health and well-being."
What risks do oil rinses pose?
The biggest danger is trying to replace safe and proven treatments, such as brushing and flossing, with oozes. These do not remove plaques and bacteria enough to protect teeth.
- Another risk is the use of oils with impurities and harmful substances. Dangerous levels of lead, mercury and arsenic were found in some oils produced in Asia.
- If part of the oils is ingested, cases of diarrhea or stomach upset have been reported. And if they reached the lungs they could cause lipoid pneumonia.
Tricks to smell good throughout the day
If you decide to try oil rinses, the webmd.com site offers some tips to put into practice.
Opt for coconut oil. Although sesame and sunflower oil also fight bacteria, coconut oil contains lauric acid, famous for its antimicrobial agents.
- Start with just 5 minutes a day. The longer you have the oil in your mouth, the more bacteria you will kill. There are those who do it for a maximum of 20 minutes. But with 5 or 10 minutes you can enjoy the benefits that this practice offers.
- Don't swallow the oil. Generally these oils contain additives that can be harmful if consumed. An investigation found that one in five Ayurvedic medical products produced in Asia and for sale in markets in Boston contained dangerous levels of heavy metals in an investigation by the Harvard Medical School.
- Continue your normal routine and see the dentist regularly. Oil rinsing should be a complementary therapy.