Have you heard of the term oil pulling?

It’s an Ayurvedic method of whitening teeth and maintaining good oral health. The idea revolves around the concept that oil swished in the mouth each day for few minutes can help improve oral health where the oil used in the process, helps dissolves the plaque and removes toxins from the teeth. The oil used in this process could be any vegetable oil, but the most recommended and highly used is coconut oil as it contains about 50% lauric acid which has anti-microbial properties. The other oil that is commonly used in this Ayurvedic method is sesame oil.

The procedure:

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it for 20 minutes. You can also use sesame or sunflower oil but as mentioned earlier, coconut oil is the best.
  2. Swish it gently. Don’t give yourself a jaw ache and don’t swallow the liquid.
  3. Once the 20 minutes is up, the oil in your mouth will turn creamy white.
  4. Spit this liquid out, preferably in the bin or toilet as spitting in the sink may clog it.
  5. After spitting it out, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  6. You can also brush your teeth to get the best results.

The timing is the key for this process and 20 minutes is an absolute must. Why? 20 minutes is long enough to break through the plaque and bacteria. If it’s not done long enough, the body will reabsorb the remaining toxins and bacteria.

How effective is this procedure?

  • People who have tried oil pulling have reported a lot of positives
  • Some have noticed that within 10 days of starting oil pulling, their teeth were visibly whiter
  • Many reported less problems with bad breath
  • Some people also saw significant improvement to their skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema
  • It has also believed to lessen jaw pain, help alleviate sleep disorders, sinus problems and headaches
  • As an added bonus it can reduce the effects of hangover

Who can do it?

Everyone can do it, but young children should probably give it a miss due to the chance of swallowing a mouthful of yucky oil. There are no side effects known from using this method and proves to be a natural way of alleviating any existing dental issues. People who have followed this method for just 7 days saw a lot of improvement in their overall dental health and let’s face it, we all know that our mouth is the gateway to our overall health.

So if you think your jaw can manage a 20 minute workout and you’re not averse to the taste of oil in your mouth, then oil pulling, as archaic as it may seem, just might be the thing for you. And if you do try it, let us know how it works out for.