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Oil Pulling for Healthy Teeth and Gums with Hepatitis C

Taking care of our teeth and gums with hepatitis C can be discouraging. Your doctor may want to use flouride, but it may make your gums sore. Even with good dental work, your gums may be receding. I’ve been working on trying more natural methods, and it’s a work in progress. I wanted to share an alternative to mouthwash that may help you have healthier teeth and gums with hep C.

Oil pulling for healthy teeth and gums by using an ancient remedy may be just what you need. It has roots in both Indian and Asian holistic medicine.

Kavala method

This method of oil pulling is where oil is held in the mouth, all while you are swishing and gargling. Proponents of this method believe that the movement of swishing is the best. You can swish for up to 20 minutes, or spit more quickly. If you prefer, you can even spit after a few minutes, and then use more oil. There is no evidence that spitting and putting in fresh oil helps or hurts. It is a matter of what is most comfortable for you.

Gandusa method

This second oil pulling method uses many different substances like oil, honey, green tea, or milk. It involves simply holding the liquid in your mouth, and no swishing is required. Some believe it is best to simply let the oil sit in your mouth for three to five minutes, then spit it out. It is part of a morning health routine, or can be done in the evening. After taking the oil in you mouth, while looking up, sit quietly for a few minutes holding the oil in your mouth, then relax. When your eyes begin to water, it is time to spit it out and the process is repeated.

The science of reflexology and oil pulling

Ancient Ayurvedic texts tell of the oil gargle for oral care. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, oil pulling is believed to prevent disease as well as cure it. They believed that gargling and allowing the oil to touch each section of the tongue can prevent or cure many illnesses. This is related to the study of reflexology where areas of the tongue correspond to your body’s organs.

The technique

It sounds easy enough. You put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, and either hold it or swish it for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. Do not swallow the oil. Spit it in the trash or toilet and then, be sure to flush. It will clog up your plumbing if it solidifies.

The benefits of oil pulling

The list is long, and starts with the mouth. Toxins are believed to bind with the oils, and by spitting them out, it brings relief from the bacteria, Bacteria is a major cause of gingivitis, plaque, and also bad breath.

If you are looking for a way to use oil pulling for healthier teeth and gums with hepatitis C, then consider keeping your supplies in the bathroom, or even near the kitchen sink. Set a goal of doing it regularly for 30 days. You may notice signs of better dental health, along with less gum soreness and bleeding! Tell your dentist about your efforts and watch for results at your next visit.

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