Oil Pulling: What is it? Is it good for me?

Chances are you’ve heard about oil pulling in the past year. Oil pulling, typically with coconut oil, is a technique of swishing around oil in your mouth for an extended period of time to improve dental health. Today, we break down exactly what oil pulling is, the possible benefits it has, and how to incorporate this into your routine.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient oral health technique that consists of putting oil in your mouth, swishing it around, and spitting it out. Oil pulling is said to remove the unwanted bacteria in your mouth and promote positive oral hygiene. Because the bacteria is removed, some oil pullers experience positive effects such as whiter teeth, better breath, and reduced plaque.

Research on oil pulling is limited, so there is debate over how beneficial it really is. However, coconut oil pulling will in no way will harm your health or dental hygiene.

Possible benefits of coconut oil pulling

Here are some reported benefits of coconut oil pulling:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Better breath
  • Reduced plaque
  • Easy detoxification of mouth
  • Improved gum health 

How to coconut oil pull

Coconut oil pulling is easy and simple to do. It involves just four steps:

  1. Put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Do not swallow the oil and try to swish it around as frequently as possible. Think of the oil like mouthwash!
  3. After 15-20 minutes, spit the oil into a tissue or trash can. 
  4. Rinse your mouth using water immediately after. 

Fitting coconut oil pulling into your routine

You may have seen the 15-20 minutes of coconut oil pulling and thought, “I cannot do that daily!” Those who are loyal to coconut oil pulling say they do it 1-2 times per week, not daily. Make this part of your nighttime reading or television routine, or before you get into the shower in the morning. While you do have to swish the oil around, coconut oil pulling doesn’t require much focus.

No matter the results, doctors agree that coconut oil makes a great organic mouthwash as it contains Vitamin E and has anti-bacterial and antifungal resources. Give coconut oil pulling a try and see what you think!

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