Will Oil Pulling Transform Your Dental Health?

What on earth is oil pulling you ask?!

Will oil pulling transform your dental health?
Well……………..for starters, this regimen is really starting to raise some eye brows for users and skeptics alike.
I too was somewhat skeptical till I actually did it for myself and really was quite impressed with the results.

Oil pulling or as some would call it, “oil swishing”, is an age old  Ayurvedic remedy that uses oils to clean
and detoxify your gums and teeth.
Some go as far as to say it improves over all body health.
The proof is in the pudding, many users of this remedy boast of healthier and tighter gums, plaque removal, and whiter teeth.  It is said to be one of the best ways to remove bad bacteria and improve oral hygiene.  In fact, the Coconut Research Center states “Oil pulling removes, bacteria, pus, and mucus.”  I can learn to like that 😉

Many report fresher breath, significant improvement of gingivitis, and over all better oral health.  See this study, this study, and……..this study. We at Wellness Twins are “study lovers”, studies don’t lie. Yes, more research is needed to confirm scientific backing to this practice but I have seen benefits personally and have heard multiple testimonies by people as to how beneficial oil pulling has been for them.  When you find a certain protocol that has been in practice for many years and stood the test of time it causes one to take note.  I am quite confident the conventional dentists are a little up in arms and defensive when it comes to something so simplistic that yields such results.

Some also add select essential oils for added benefit with excellent results. I have heard some use clove oil or cinnamon when fighting a mouth infection, they simply add 2-3 drops to the tablespoon of coconut oil.   Click here to see which essential oils we use and why. The Key when doing oil pulling is consistency.  I don’t know about you but I would rather go the non chemical route when it comes to teeth whitening and plaque removal.   It might take a little longer to see results but something about the strong chemicals used in some of the mouthwashes out there that “eat away’ at the teeth just doesn’t sit with me.


How To Do Oil Pulling

So, the idea is to swish the oil
in the mouth for up to 20 minutes each day.
Some use sunflower oil, olive oil, or sesame oil but the majority, myself included, prefer coconut oil, just make sure it is unrefined.  When I do the oil pulling, I do it vigorously and make sure to pull the oil between the teeth as I swish away. Make sure not to swallow the oil and rinse the mouth when finished and proceed to brush and floss.  I choose to use a fluoride free toothpaste to avoid the toxic fluoride, that’s a whole other topic 🙂 I have seen results in as little as 5 days, What kind you ask?  My teeth are whiter and feel cleaner.  After oil pulling for about 1 month I noticed that a spot on one of my back molars was completely gone.  So………………..it didn’t take much convincing  for me as to whether or not oil pulling can really amp up your oral health!

It is important to note that you still should brush and floss 2-3 times a day.  I will say that when I am not consistent with the oil pulling my teeth don’t feel as clean and do not look as white even with regular brushing and flossing.  I can definetely tell a difference when oil pulling!


Just How Does It Work?


The bacteria we have in our mouth makes what is called a  “biofilm” on our teeth ( AKA “plaque”).  This bio film contains colonies of bacteria that can cause disease.  When the bacteria population is left unchecked and accumulates, this leads to cavities and gum disease like periodontal disease and gingivitis.  Gum disease is not something to reckon with seeing that it can lead to other diseases, heart disease being just one!  The vigorous swishing and pulling action of the oil causes the bacteria to loosen and get caught up into the oil.  The lauric acid ( fatty acid ) in the coconut oil is also anti bacterial, anti viral, and anti microbial and very hostile towards unwanted bacteria!
Oh how I love coconut oil!!!  🙂

Removing unwanted bacteria will have an impact on gum inflammation, happy gums equal tight teeth.  Happy gums also go a long way in helping good over all health.  Heart disease is no laughing matter and it would be prudent to do what it takes to ensure good gum health.  🙂


In Conclusion…

So…does oil pulling work?
Give it a try for yourself and ask others what it did for them, look for testimonials, check out the studies in this article and then you be the judge.  Don’t ask people whose invested interest is to make money off your mouth if it works.  You will hear a resounding “NO!”  What about those who don’t have insurance to cover dental work and they think their only option is to just deal with it, what have you got to lose? It only takes 20 minutes of your day and enough money for a jar of coconut oil and some persistence.  It’s worth a try in my book!
Happy Swishing!  😛  Drop us a comment and let us hear your oil pulling testimony!


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1 Comment

  • WellnessTwins March 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Yes Michael we agree, coconut oil is cheaper than commercial toothpaste and in the long term will save on dental bills as well 🙂


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