I’ve been oil pulling for over two weeks now and the results are amazing! My teeth feel immensely cleaner, my breath remains fresher as the day progresses, and my teeth are visibly whiter. Oil pulling is used to help reverse the effects of gingivitis, tooth decay, bad breath, and even to prevent cavities. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley swear by this natural, pain-free method of teeth whitening. You may be thinking that this sounds too good to be true, or it’s probably a big scam. But let me tell you from personal experience that it really does work. And this not-so-new method of oil pulling won’t empty your bank account. Read on to discover what oil pulling is, the origins, the benefits and how to start your oil-pulling journey today.
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is the process of swishing coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes and then spitting it out. It is said that as you ‘pull’ the oil through your teeth you are literally pulling out bacteria and toxins and loosening up any build-up around your teeth. Think of it as an oral detoxification for the overall health of your teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Oil Pulling?
Although only a few case studies have been completed on the benefits of oil pulling, researchers have already found that it helps the following:
1. Reduces inflammation of the gums
2. Prevents cavities
3. Heals irritated and/or bleeding gums
4. Prevents tooth decay
5. Whitens teeth
6. Prevents cavities
7. Strengthens gums and jaw
8. Removes toxic build-up
9. Improves overall breath
I am a big coffee drinker, plain and simple. Over the years my teeth have gotten more and more yellow and I was desperate for a real solution. In the past, I had tried whitening strips and Dentist prescribed whitening products. These had horribly painful results and led to extreme sensitivity without achieving any long-term whitening. So I did some research and found that oil pulling is an effective way to whiten teeth. It’s been two weeks since I started pulling, and I’m sold! My teeth feel amazingly clean, and best of all they are whiter without any increased sensitivity!
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The Oil Pulling Step-By-Step Guide
The process is simple enough and is best to complete in the morning, before eating anything. I personally find it easiest to oil pull right after I wake up. My oil of preference is coconut oil, as I prefer the taste, and coconut oil can be used for basically everything. So after I pull, I’ll use the oil on my skin, and even hair. As I am oil pulling I like to stay busy; I wake up, shower, get dressed, and get ready for my day. Before I know it I’ve been absentmindedly swishing around the oil for over 20 minutes, and it’s time to spit it out!
Here are the steps of oil pulling:
1: Choose an oil of choice. I’d recommend coconut oil as it has proven benefits and is used most often, but the concept of oil pulling is the same regardless.
2: Melt down the oil (if need be) and put 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
3: Set the timer for 10-20 minutes, and begin swishing the oil softly throughout your mouth.
4: Stay busy! The longer the time passes, the more saliva will build up in your mouth. Just keep on swishing, and try to last for at least 10 minutes.
5: Spit out the oil after your timer is up, and brush and floss your teeth like normal! That’s it!
I’d recommend either spitting the oil out in the garbage can or outside, especially if you live in a colder climate. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature and could cause drainage issues.
Even after the very first time of oil pulling, I noticed a difference in the cleanliness of my teeth. They felt so amazingly smooth, even before brushing them.
The History Of Oil Pulling
Living in the 21st century, we’ve always been told to brush and floss, at least twice a day in the morning and night. I remember as a kid my mom used to tell me, “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.” But even though we don’t think about it, in the timeline of when humans have walked this planet, for the most part, teeth brushing was a foreign concept entirely. So what did they do as an alternative?
The practice of oil pulling was said to have started in the Indian subcontinent with traditional Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda medicine is a type of alternative medicine, using natural products in order to maintain a balance between the three doshas. And doshas are what Indian’s believe to be three fundamental bio-elements of the body that must maintain stability. The use of pulling with sesame oil was a common practice as a means of ensuring dental health in order to maintain the balance of the body.
Answers To Some Common Questions About Oil Pulling
Q: Can I pull if I have a filling?
A: Yes, there should be no effect on your fillings when oil pulling. The oil only extracts bacteria from the mouth and gently loosens any build-up on the teeth, but as long as your filling isn’t already loose, you should be fine.
Q: How often should I oil pull?
A: I personally pull every morning right after I wake up. I have had no side-effects from pulling this often, although other people will only recommend 3-4 times per week. It really depends on your schedule, and how easily it is to fit oil pulling into your daily routine.
Q: What if I eat beforehand?
A: I wouldn’t recommend pulling immediately after eating because you will likely be pulling up any leftover food that is stuck in your teeth. This may not be the most pleasant experience. It’s best to pull before consuming any food.
Q: Can I brush my teeth before oil pulling?
A: There would be no physical harm in brushing before oil pulling, however, I recommend to pull first, and then brush. During the oil pulling process, you are softening up any build-up on your teeth, which you can then easily brush away with a toothbrush.
Q: How long will it take to see results?
A: Based off of personal experiences, I saw results after only two days of pulling. My initial observation was how clean my teeth felt; almost like I had just come from the Dentist. After one week my teeth were visibly whiter.
If you are looking for healthier, cheap oral care, or simply whiter teeth than look no further! Try out this method, and let me know how it works for you. Happy pulling!
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