Oil Pulling: A mouth full of oil=phenomenol results



“Have you had your teeth whitened?”

These are just a couple of the comments my wife and I have heard after oil pulling for over seventeen months now. In my first post, Oil Pulling: How Can A Mouthful of Oil Be Good For You?, I talked about my adventures starting out with oil pulling. Now we are “veteran oil pullers” and we have seen some great results.

Our dental hygienists have marveled at, studied, and now recommend oil pulling to their patients after the changes they saw in my teeth especially. My wife’s teeth are whiter now. All we have added to our dental routine is oil pulling with coconut oil.

My dental hygienist told me that since we last talked about it, the dental community has embraced coconut oil for pulling and is now even making their own “dental rinse” with coconut oil as the main ingredient.

When I told my primary doctor what I was doing, his look said, “Riiiiight.” He looked it up while I was talking to him.

“This looks promising. There is some research behind it.”

He was intrigued and wanted to know more. I got him to commit to doing it and decided not to charge him for the medical advice.

My father-in-law, father, and doctor have all started oil pulling since we told them about it our results. We still scoop a mouth full of oil right before we get into the shower and swish away while we get ready in the morning. It is so easy and I love the freshly cleaned feel I get from brushing later. My teeth are so slick.



After using it so much, we graduated from the Nutiva coconut oil to the giant bottle we found at Sam’s club.

Here are some tips if you decide to “swish” as we like to call it:

  • “Swish” while you are doing something mundane like taking a shower and shaving, etc. Ten to twenty minutes (the recommended length you should swish) is a long time if you are watching the clock. We keep ours right by the shower.
  • Expect it to be hard in a house that is colder than 76°. This is a little weird at first because now it feels like lard or Crisco in your mouth but quickly turns to oil in your mouth.
  • Have an idea where you are going to spit it out prior to you spitting it out. When it is time to spit is not the time to figure it out.

Every where we turn, coconut oil is in the news and in the products in our stores. I plan to experiment further with other coconut oil uses since I am seeing more and more claims about what coconut oil can do. According to Oilpulling.com , where there are anecdotal testimonials from several people, they claim that oil pulling can cure the following ailments:

Back and Neck Pain
Bad Breath
Chronic Fatigue
Crohn’s Disease
Dental Cavities
Migraine Headaches
Mucous Congestion
Peptic Ulcers
Periodontal Disease
Bleeding Gums
Tooth Abscess

Some claim that oil pulling with coconut oil may lead to weight loss due to toxins being removed from the body so that it can focus on ridding the body of excess fat. However, these results come from consuming coconut oil. This will be my next experiment. If you think putting a mouth full of oil in your mouth feels weird, try swallowing two tablespoons of coconut oil. IT is the ultimate battle between mind and stomach.

Get swishing! Tell me about your experiences.


Photo credit: Used under Creative Commons Coconut Oil by Meal Makeover Moms
Photo credit: Used under Creative Commons Coconut on the Beach by Alex Masters

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