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Oral Benefits of Oil Pulling

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Lately, using coconut oil for oil pulling is becoming very popular. There are many people who rave about oil pulling, and claim it has improved their overall oral health. So is oil pulling just another popular trend, let’s find out.

What is Oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient, Indian folk remedy claimed to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath and help improve gum inflammation. Oil pulling involves swishing oil around in the mouth, basically like a mouthwash. The purpose of oil pulling is to reduce harmful bacteria in our mouth. Our mouth contains thousands of different types of bacteria; some are not as harmful as others. If you are not properly brushing and flossing, these bacteria’s will continually build up, causing a layer of plaque on your teeth. If the plaque gets out of control, you can run into some oral health problems such as bad breathe, gum inflammation, gingivitis and cavities. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-viral activity that has been clinically proven to reduce plaque, and bacteria that causes cavities and bad breath. Oil pulling once swished around in your mouth can actually sweep the bacteria away; the bacteria will dissolve in the liquid oil. The most popular oil used is extra–virgin coconut oil, due to the taste.


Technique for oil pulling



  • Take a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, will start off solid and will soften to a liquid once in the mouth.
  • Swish the oil around in your mouth; you want to “pull” the oil between your teeth for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Remember to dispose of the oil in a trash can, as you do not want to clog your drain.
  • Brush your teeth after for about 2 minutes.


Oil pulling can be beneficial to our overall oral health. This is a simple method that can help reduce the risk of bad breath, gingivitis and cavities. If you have any questions be sure to give our office a call!