Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic Indian tradition of swishing or “pulling” oil in the mouth. It cleanses and pulls harmful toxins out of the body. Did you know harmful bacteria can enter the bloodstream through your mouth and cause illness and disease? Oil pulling kills Streptococcus mutans bacteria which cause tooth decay (1). It’s affordable, and is also a great teeth whitener!
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Oil Pulling Can Help If You Have Mercury Fillings
In recent years oil pulling has reemerged in the field of holistic health. In the midst of my Lyme disease battle, two of my doctors recommended I start oil pulling with coconut oil. They said it should help with detoxing, and especially because I had mercury fillings in my mouth. Mercury is toxic, so they urged me to have the fillings removed, which I did.
If you want to get your fillings replaced with natural fillings as I did, you can search online for a holistic or biological dentist. My Lyme doctor recommended one to me and I was pleased with the process and results. Because of what I’ve learned if our kids ever need to get a filling I’ll make sure they are natural and not made of mercury.
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How Long Does Oil Pulling Take?
Each day I do oil pulling for 20 minutes. This may sound like a long time, but once you get used to the process it’s not hard at all. I actually look forward to it because I know I’m doing something that can improve my health. Plus, having a brighter smile is a nice perk too!
I like to use organic coconut oil, but you can also use sesame or olive oil. Many sources say to use one tablespoon, but I’ve found that taking a couple of teaspoons is plenty. Otherwise, you’re going to need to spit out half of the oil before the 20 minutes are up.
Side note: If you only have 10 or 15 minutes to oil pull don’t let that stop you. Pulling for 20 minutes isn’t a magic number. So no worries if you’re more comfortable doing it for less time than this. Some people find that they can build up to 20 minutes. And others prefer to stick with 10 or 15 each time. Either way counts and is beneficial so don’t sweat it!
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How To Do Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil:
- Put 1 or 2 teaspoons (or up to 1 tablespoon) of oil in your mouth. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. So you may need to chew it a little at first to help change it to liquid form.
- Swish the oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes (see side note above). I set the timer on my phone so I don’t have to keep checking the clock. This way I’m able to get other things done while I’m swishing. The swishing needs to be hard enough to pull the oil through your teeth. But don’t swish so hard that it causes you stress or jaw pain. Using a gentle swishing movement is perfect! While you’re swishing make sure not to gargle or swallow any of the oil! Doing so would put the harmful toxins back into your body.
- Spit the oil out in the trash. Do not spit in the sink because this could clog your plumbing (and that would not be good!).
- Rinse your mouth out with water, swishing well. Repeat until oil is gone.
- Brush your teeth well.
- Look in the mirror and enjoy your clean, white smile!
Summary – Cleaning Teeth With Coconut Oil
As you can see, oil pulling with coconut oil has many health benefits and is a great practice to add to your healthy living regimen. I hope you’ve found this helpful and want to encourage you to try it and see what you think. I’d love to hear from you about your experiences with oil pulling!
If you want to learn more about oil pulling you’ll wanna check out:
- 81 Uses For Coconut Oil
- 8 Reasons To Start Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling For a Radiant Smile And Better Oral Health
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