Oil what now? An ancient Indian tradition turned modern health trend, oil pulling is a remedy that claims to detoxify and clean your oral cavities. Quite literally, it involves pulling bacteria, fungus and other harmful organisms from your mouth, teeth, and gums with oil.

How to Oil Pull

  • Put one tablespoon of high quality olive oil, coconut oil, or sesame seed oil in your mouth first thing in the morning (you can start with one teaspoon at first and work your way up).
  • Gently swish it around your mouth anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes (think mouthwash but for a longer time and without the minty flavour).
  • Spit the oil out in the trash (never swallow the oil or else you will be transporting toxins from your mouth to inside your body).
  • Brush your teeth as normal.
  • Repeat 4-5 times per week.

Does it work?
The more obvious benefits of oil pulling include preventing plaque and cavities, better breath, whiter teeth, and stronger gums.

Fanatics of this holistic dental health method will go as far as claiming that oil pulling can reduce inflammation of the bones, reduce insomnia, prevent eczema and improve eyesight. Now we are not so sure about these latter claims as they have not been scientifically proven as of yet.

One thing is true, though. When there is a healthier mouth, there is less inflammation in the body, and overall everything can heal more – skin is better, you’re in a better mood, and you can experience higher energy levels.

So does that mean you can oil pull and skip the brushing and flossing? Definitely not. The efficacy of oil pulling has been scientifically proven and approved, but only if it’s done in conjunction with other good dental health practices.

Oil pulling does work but let’s not assume that it’s the solution to all our health problems, the end all and be all. What are your thoughts on oil pulling? Are you willing to swish oil in your mouth for 20 minutes everyday for cleaner and healthier teeth?