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What is Oil Pulling?

By The Big Fruit
Last Updated 15 March, 2018

Oil pulling is the practice of swishing botanical oils around your mouth for up to 20 minutes and then spitting it out. It’s a bit like swishing with mouthwash – just a little thicker.

Why would you do that?

This removes the harmful bacteria and toxins that cause many problems in the mouth including cavities, bad breath and gum disease to list the most obvious.

Other benefits associated with oil pulling:

  • Whitens or brightens your teeth
  • Freshens bad breath
  • Improves the health and appearance of the gums, the cheeks, the lips and the tongue
  • Helps with sinus issues and allergies
  • Clearer complexion
  • Helps alleviate hangovers
  • Helps prevent migraines
  • Reduces dry mouth
  • Helps prevent and speeds up the recovery of mouth ulcers


Where does the name oil pulling come from?

The name oil pulling is assumed to come from the botanical oils pulling bacteria from the surface and around the teeth and gums. Using the right oils, bacteria can be pulled from the top layers of the cheeks, tongue and gums. See How does oil pulling work?

Is this new?

Oil pulling is by no means a recent development any more than the pyramids are. The practice dates back thousands of years and shares it’s heritage with yoga. Long before peroxide strips, whitening toothpastes and bluetooth toothbrushes were around, people would oil pull to maintain their oral health. The high level of dental health of people in that era is most impressive.

Does oil pulling replace brushing your teeth?

This is not a replacement to brushing your teeth but rather an extension to your oral health routine.

The only major change I would recommend is to avoid using mouthwash that contains Alcohol or chlorhexidine. This can cause dry mouth and most likely undo some of the protective benefits of oil pulling. Especially having fresh breath throughout the – who would have guessed it.

Oil Pulling is not a replacement to brushing your teeth. It is a powerful extension to your oral health routine

How do you do it?

We have a number of guides on how to oil pull (list links) .. But in short you can either get a jar of unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil – ideally organic or try one of our Boosted Oil Pulling range. If you have never oil pulled before, then put a teaspoonful in your mouth and swish gently keeping the oil to the front and middle of the mouth. If using coconut oil, I would recommend gently warming it first so that it is a liquid – some people don’t like the feel of the coconut oil melting in their mouth.

Keep this up for 1 to 2 minutes and the spit the oil into a bin – this sounds a little gross, but if you think about it, it is so much better than letting bacteria go through your body. BTW, spit into the bin not the sink, when it cools, the oil will turn solid and can block the pipes.

Keep this up for a few days and increase the time and effort as you go.

A few don’ts

  • Don’t gargle
  • Don’t swallow (this is far from being the risk some have made out, but all the same, don’t)
  • Don’t use Spry Crisp N’ Dry or other cooking oils
  • Don’t use mouthwashes containing alcohol or chlorhexidine after oil pulling – see above


How long before I see results?

Many people have reported great results in the first few days. Their gums start to feel tighter and cleaner, teeth feel more polished, breath is fresher. It really depends on your lifestyle, what you use, how long you oil pull for each day and how consistent you are.

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