You may never have heard of oil pulling before. But it’s among the most effective means of removing bacteria from the mouth and it promotes healthy gums and teeth. It is only now gaining popularity in the US.
This method was primarily used in Ayurvedic medicine. It detoxifies the mouth and teeth by swishing oil (usually coconut oil) in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
Oil pulling cleans your oral cavity in much the same way that dish soap cleans dishes. It actually helps to suck toxins and food remnants from your mouth, creating an antiseptic and clean environment there. The procedure is much more effective than you might think. They have used it in India for centuries as a remedy to problems in oral health.
Does Oil Pulling Help?
Studies have shown that oil pulling is helpful in guarding against gingivitis, plaque and bad breath. It even has a positive effect against breakouts of eczema! Many who have tried oil pulling claim that the difference in the appearance of their teeth is like day and night.
Oil pulling is a good process for anyone who wants to give their oral health more attention. In addition, neither the oil nor the swirling will harm your teeth. Oral microorganisms are generally single-cell beasties, covered with a lipid or fatty membrane. When the oil contacts the microorganisms, they adhere to one another in a natural way.
For this reason, using oil helps to remove dental bacteria from your teeth with less friction. In addition, oil residue may possibly block dentin pores, which covers sensitive nerve endings, so that you won’t have teeth that are sensitive to cold or heat.
Real-Life Oil Pulling Experiences – Before & After
An oil puller named Ava states that it was the suggestion of a friend that got her to try oil pulling, to help in whitening her teeth and in treating her eczema. It was difficult for her to do it for 20 minutes when she first started. She had to start with five minutes.
Now she takes a tablespoon of organic coconut oil into her mouth and starts to swish it around. While swishing it, she takes her morning shower, puts clothes in the dishwasher and packs her lunch for work. Then she spits the oil out and brushes her teeth.
After oil pulling for about two weeks, she could handle keeping the oil in her mouth for longer periods of time.
How did it work for Ava?
Ava says she has noted fewer breakouts of eczema, which she used to get on her knees and elbows. The daily itching has diminished so much that she hardly has any eczema anymore. The itch returns now and then, since it is sensitive to environmental issues, but ditching her eczema for the most part was her biggest reward result from oil pulling.
She researched a few websites that reported the tooth whitening properties of oil pulling, but Ava states that she actually didn’t see a big improvement in the whiteness of her teeth. This could be due to the fact that she has always taken excellent care of her teeth, and they were already fairly white in color, before she started oil pulling.
Oil Pulling Before and After with Photos of Teeth
Another oil pulling newcomer, Elizabeth, tried using oil pulling as an alternative to the harsh chemicals in tooth whitening products. Her teeth weren’t as white as she would have liked, and her breath didn’t stay fresh for very long after brushing her teeth. She did not like commercial mouthwash products, either.
She tried coconut oil pulling for a little over one week, and couldn’t believe the difference the oil made to her smile. She really wishes she’d heard about oil pulling sooner, since she spent literally years wishing for brighter teeth.
Rebecca had similar good results from oil pulling. She noticed an amazing difference in just the first week, so she states that she will continue to treat her teeth with oil pulling in order to keep the brighter look she has discovered.
To properly use the oil pulling method, measure out one to two tablespoons of coconut oil into your mouth. The oil should melt a bit in your mouth before you start swishing with it.
Swish with the oil around your teeth and gums for about 20 minutes. This is the length of time your oral cavity needs to break down bacteria and plaque. Don’t do it for any longer, or your body could re-absorb those toxins. The oil gets thicker, since it is mixing with your saliva while you swirl. When you spit it out, the oil appears milky white in color.
After swishing for 20 minutes, spit out the oil. Use a waste can and not a sink, because oil can plug a sink drain over time. Don’t swallow any of the oil. It’s not a good thing to consume.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. This removes any residue of oil. Then brush your teeth to make sure everything is clean.
Oil Pulling Tips
- Don’t think that oil pulling replaces regular brushing and flossing of your teeth. Routine dental care is still very important. It does not reverse tooth decay effects, so continue seeing your dentist regularly.
- Don’t swallow any oil. If it feels like you have too much in your oral cavity, spit that oil out and use a smaller amount of oil.
- Don’t overdo it with your swishing. Start out with five minutes per day and work up to the full 20 minutes a day. Use a gentle swishing, sucking and pushing of the oil through your teeth. That’s all you need.
- Use coconut oil. Sesame and sunflower oils have some of the same benefits, but coconut oil also contains lauric acid. This acid is an anti-microbial, to keep your mouth cleaner.
Other oils have benefits for your dental health, even if you don’t swish with them. You can rub a small amount of vitamin E oil on any inflamed or irritated area of your gums. It is absorbed quite easily, and it’s full of antioxidants, so it will be helpful in maintaining healthy gums.