Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne

Episode #48: What are the benefits of Oil Pulling?

February 08, 2022 Dr. Mark Burhenne - Functional Dentist Episode 47
Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne
Episode #48: What are the benefits of Oil Pulling?
Show Notes

For thousands of years, Ayurvedic medicine used oil pulls to address oral and dental health. With the advent of Western medicine, we have shifted to using toothbrushes and toothpaste, which often contain harmful chemicals, and sterilize the oral microbiome. Today, Dr. B talks to us about why this is so bad for our oral microbiome and our teeth in general, and how you can make your own healthy and remineralizing oil pull chews! We dive into the science behind oil pulls, how they help to maintain a healthy oral microbiome, and why they can even promote weight loss. We find out the best time of day to chew on an oil pull, and how Dr. B's recipe will soon change. Tune in for another installment of Ask the Dentist, educating people about functional dentistry one show at a time. 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How Dr. B hopes Omicron will change the pandemic to an endemic [0:00:39]
  • Home remedies for oil pulling and why oil pulling may apply to you [0:01:18]
  • Why the Ask the Dentist DIY recipes are so great for your health [0:02:17]
  • Today’s question: “What potency should the L-arginine capsules be?” [0:04:28]
  • Dr. B’s answer and a breakdown of how he will be updating his oil pull recipe [0:04:51]
  • The history of oil pulling [0:06:27]
  • How the biofilm works, and why we shouldn’t remove it, but should rather reinstate it [0:08:39]
  • How oil pulling works [0:10:50]
  • The application of oil pulling in today’s world [0:12:08]
  • Where the concept of the coconut oil pull chew came from, and how to use it [0:15:37]
  • Other benefits to oil pulling: satiation [0:19:43]
  • Why Dr. B doesn’t dismiss ancient medicine [0:20:19]
  • What’s to come in future recipes: including hydroxyapatite [0:21:19]
  • A summary of the DIY recipes on Dr. B’s website [0:22:20]
  • A wrap up of today’s episode and what a functional dentist is [0:23:39]

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Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Microbiome Coconut Oil Pulling Chews

Remineralizing Coconut Oil Pulling Chews

Oil Pulling: Benefits, Risks & How to Oil Pull

DIY Probiotic Toothpaste

DIY Mouthwash – An Oral Microbiome-Friendly Turmeric Recipe

DIY Turmeric Teeth Whitening Paste

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