Wednesday, March 19, 2014

My Experience with Oil Pulling

The one New Years resolution that I have managed to stick to was to take better care of my teeth. Years of coffee, soda and tea drinking as well as a lack of flossing had left my teeth less than stellar. So when the new year came around I started a new routine that involved flossing daily as well as hydrogen peroxide/mouthwash rinse. My mouth felt better and my teeth were a tad bit whiter. Then a few weeks ago a friend posted an article about oil pulling. Then more and more people were posting and talking about this ancient practice. It quickly became the new fade. And I am not one to miss out on a fade.

The concept is said to come from ancient Indian practices. It sounds complicated and almost painful, but all it is is swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Yes I said 20 minutes. And yes I said oil.

The list of benefits from oil pulling include:

  • strengthen teeth and gums
  • prevent gum and mouth disease and help prevent cavities
  • fight bad breath
  • help fight dryness of lips, mouth and throat
  • remove toxins from your body
  • help relieve pain from TMJ
  • whiten your teeth
Of course I was sold and found myself inside a Fresh and Easy buying a jar of organic coconut oil. I have been oil pulling for 2 weeks now and here is what I have found:
  • my mouth feels cleaner
  • my morning breath stank has been greatly reduced
  • my teeth look whiter and shiner
  • the grossest part is waiting from the solid oil to dissolve into liquid
  • 20 minutes is a long time. I found if I start as I get in the shower and swish until I am getting ready for work I can get 20 minutes in.
  • DON'T spit oil down the sink!! It will clog your pipes. 
  • it sucks if you are swishing and need to sneeze
I wish I had a before picture, but here is one I took the other day right after my oil pulling, flossing, brushing, mouthwash routine. 

Have you / would you try this new fad? 

What do you think of oil pulling? 


  1. Wow! I'm seriously impressed. I've not tried it yet because...yeah, it's oil. But maybe I'll have to give it a shot!

  2. I have been thinking about doing this, they say sesame oil is supposed to be t one of the better ones too do this with but also you could use water. So sometimes in the car I swish with my water. :-) call it pre oil pulling

  3. I never heard about it. I just find out if we have over here. thanks for sharing.

  4. Tried it this morning, Elissa. My teeth feel so clean. So clean I haven't had my standard morning cup of coffee. Maybe the kicker is that after 20 mins. of swishing with oil you're suddenly super willing to keep gunk like caffeine OUT of your mouth! Great post amiga!

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