By: K. Aleisha Fetters
A couple of weeks ago, I had never heard of oil pulling. Now everyone from my brunchmates to Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley swear by the ancient Ayurvedic practice of swishing a tablespoon of oil for 20 minutes to "pull" bacteria out of their mouths and, therefore, their bodies. "I'm amazed that the average person brushes their teeth in less than a minute, yet a 3,000-year-old ancient ritual that takes 20 minutes is now the latest rage," says Gerry Curatola, D.D.S., founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry. Yep, I'm amazed too.
But I was still intrigued. After all, it's no news that our mouths are cesspools and that whatever's inside can eventually make its way into your bloodstream. Various studies even link oral bacteria to heart disease. Gross.
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