Oil pulling, also known as gandusha kriya, is a morning ritual – recommended by Ayurveda – for clearing bacteria from your mouth and promoting oral health and hygiene. Oil pulling is performed by swishing the oil around your teeth, tongue, and gums.

What Happens During Oil Pulling Therapy?

Your mouth hosts over 600 species of bacteria. While some are good bacteria and make up the healthy microbiome in your mouth, the rest are detrimental to oral health and cause issues like tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, etc.

Oil pulling helps you get rid of these bacteria via a simple phenomenon. The unicellular bacteria are enclosed by a lipid membrane that sticks to the lipid structure of the oil. When you swish the oil around your mouth, these bacteria detach from the soft tissues, attach to the oil, and eventually get flushed out when you spit the oil. The process is like how detergent removes dirt molecules from clothes.

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