About a few months ago I wrote a post about coconut oil and how I have kind of falling in love with it. I briefly talked about some of the things you could use coconut oil for including health benefits such as oil pulling.
Well I had a request to dig a little deeper into the whole oil pulling experience… here I am.
What is Oil Pulling and how does it Work?
Oil pulling involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 15-20 minutes. There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Certain bacteria can cause harm, such as Streptococcus Mutans, which is the main culprit behind plaque buildup, gingivitis and cavities.
So how does oil pulling work?
When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria sticks to the oil and dissolve in the liquid oil. You end up removing a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this. (Whoop whoop)
How to Oil Pull.
1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. (If you’re using a solid form of coconut oil, you may have to chew it a few times before it melts.)
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil, and then brush your teeth. (Don’t spit it don’t the sink as it can solidify and block drains, spit into a bin instead)
It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. (Try doing this in the morning while you’re in the shower or getting ready for the day ahead.)
It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and whatnot.
Here’s what to Expect.
After a few days you will notice your breath is fresher and teeth look a lot cleaner (both whiter and shinier.)
Oil pulling is effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth which improves oral and dental health.
However if you have dental fillings the oil may loosen them and they most likely will fall out.