Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling - a natural and traditional way of whitening teeth and boosting oral health

Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally and evidence even shows that it may be beneficial for gum health and that certain oils may help fight harmful bacteria in the mouth!

What is Oil Pulling?

Short answer: Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil (usually Sesame, Sunflower or Coconut) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes to improve oral health.

The basic idea is that oil is swished in the mouth for a short time each day and that this action helps improve oral health. Just as with Oil Cleansing for the skin, the principle of “like dissolves like” applies, as oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.

The practice of oil pulling (also called gundusha) started in India thousands of years ago, and from my research, was first introduced to the United States in the early 1990s by a medical doctor named Dr. F. Karach, who used it with success in his medical practice.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling seems to be a practice with a plethora of anecdotal support but a lack of extensive scientific studies (though there are some… see below). Most sources do agree that oil pulling is safe, but debate how effective it is. Though more research is needed to determine any scientific backing to oil pulling, I’ve noticed the benefits personally and dozens of readers swear by its effectiveness as well.

In fact, in my original research, I found hundreds of testimonials online from people who experienced benefits from oil pulling, including help with skin conditions, arthritis, asthma, headaches, hormone imbalances, infections, liver problems and more.

Though I’ve done this for a few years, my only personal experience is with increased oral health (no plaque) and less sensitive (and whiter!) teeth. I’ve heard several experts explain how bacteria and infection can enter the blood through the mouth, it does make sense that addressing these infections could have an impact in other parts of the body, I just haven’t had personal experience with this.

At the very least, I think that oil pulling can be very beneficial and has no downside as long as a quality oil (that is high enough quality to eat) is used and it is done correctly. Oil pulling is a very inexpensive therapy that could potentially have great benefit on oral health, so I see no downside to trying it and I have used it myself for several years.

How to Oil Pull

The concept is incredibly simple. Basically, a person swishes a couple teaspoons of a vegetable based oil (coconut, sesame or olive) in the mouth for 20 minutes and then spits it out and rinses well.  Oil pulling is best done in the morning, before eating or drinking anything, though Dr. Bruce Fife suggests that it can be done before each meal if needed for more severe infections or dental problems.

Oil Pulling Instructions

  1. Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth. The oil traditionally used in oil pulling is organic sesame oil, and this is also the oil that has been the most studied for use in oil pulling.  It is also possible to do oil pulling with organic coconut oil or pre-made coconut oil chews. Whichever oil you choose, place 1-2 teaspoons in the mouth.  I also pour a few drops of Brushing Blend (naturally antibacterial) into the mix.
  2. Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria. The oil will get thicker and milky as it mixed with saliva during this time and it should be creamy-white when spit out. It will also double in volume during this time due to saliva. At first, it can be difficult to make it the full 20 minutes, and I didn’t stress if I could only swish for 5-10 minutes when I first started.
  3. Spit oil into the trash can.  Especially if you have a septic system like I do… don’t spit into the sink! The oil may thicken and clog pipes. Do not swallow the oil as it is hopefully full of bacteria, toxins and pus that are now not in the mouth!
  4. Rinse well with warm water. Warm water seems to clean the mouth better (my opinion). I swish a few times with warm water to get any remaining oil out of my mouth. Some sources recommend swishing with warm salt water.
  5. Brush well. I prefer to brush with Brushing Blend to make sure any remaining bacteria is killed.

This can also be done with coconut oil, which is naturally antibacterial and has a milder taste that other oils. Anyone with a sensitivity to coconut oil or coconut products should avoid using coconut oil in this way.  Sesame oil was traditionally used in the Ayurvedic tradition and is another great option, just make sure to use an organic sesame oil.

Is Oil Pulling Safe?

Thankfully, this is one point that all sources seem to agree on! Some sources claim that oil pulling  doesn’t have the benefits often attributed to it or that it doesn’t actually detoxify the mouth, but all of them agree that it shouldn’t hurt anything.

All of the oils that are often used are completely edible and considered to be healthy when eaten, so they aren’t problematic when swished in the mouth. The only potential danger I’ve seen is if the oil is swallowed after it has absorbed any bacteria or toxins from the mouth.

When I asked my own dentist about oil pulling, I was told that while the research is lacking, it could be considered an effective and safe alternative to mouthwash and that there shouldn’t be any harm to trying it.

What Oil Should Be Used for Pulling?

It depends.

If the goal is whitening the teeth, I’ve found coconut oil to be most effective (especially when combined with this unusual remedy). Coconut oil is also slightly more effective at removing certain bacteria from the mouth, including the Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is known for causing dental caries (source).

Sesame oil is recommended by most sources (though this is partially because it was one of the more widely available oils when the practice first started years ago) and it is also the most well studied and considered safe for those who are not allergic to sesame seeds. Olive oil is sometimes used, though some sources claim that it is too harsh for the teeth. The main thing is to avoid using any high Omega-6 or chemically created oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc.

Who Can Do Oil Pulling?

Children: Several practitioners I’ve asked about this said that oil pulling is safe for kids once they are old enough not to swallow the oil.

Pregnancy: I’ve done oil pulling during pregnancy but I was also doing it regularly before I got pregnant. I asked a midwife and she said that it is generally considered safe for pregnant women, especially after the first trimester. Oral health is especially important during pregnancy so I’ve always been glad to have an extra way to keep my teeth and gums healthy while pregnant and just consider it like brushing or using mouthwash. (Purely anecdotal- I haven’t had a cavity, even while pregnant, since I started oil pulling and my oral health routine). As with anything, check with a doctor or midwife before doing oil pulling, especially if pregnant.

Nursing: Generally considered safe but check with a dentist or doctor to be safe.

Dental Issues: I got the ok to do this from my dentist and doctor with several (non-amalgam) fillings in my mouth but I’d check with a doctor or dentist to be sure, especially if you have any metal fillings, crowns, or dental problems.

Note: Some people supposedly notice a detox reaction for the first few days of using oil pulling that usually includes mild congestion, headache, mucous drainage or other effects. I personally didn’t notice any of these effects, but have read cases of others who did.

Does Oil Pulling Work?

Does Oil Pulling actually work - is it safeMy only personal experience is with the oral health benefits, and I continue doing it for this reason, but there is evidence that it might help with other conditions as well. The most comprehensive resource I’ve seen on the topic is the book “Oil Pulling Therapy” by Dr. Bruce Fife.

Though the research is limited, there are some scientific studies that support the benefits of oil pulling, including those showing its benefit on different types or oral bacteria, on dental caries, on plaque/gingivitis and on oral micro-organisms:

Studies About Oil Pulling

S Asokan, J Rathan, MS Muthu, PV Rathna, P Emmadi, Raghuraman, Chamundeswari. Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry. 26(1):12-7, 2008 Mar

TD Anand, C Pothiraj, RM Gopinath, et al. Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria (PDF)African Journal of Microbiology Research, Vol 2:3 pp 63-66, MAR 2008. (PDF Link)

HV Amith, Anil V Ankola, L Nagesh. Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and GingivitisJournal of Oral Health & Community Dentistry: 2007; 1(1):Pages 12-18

S Thaweboon, J Nakaparksin, B Thaweboon. Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models. Asia Journal of Public Health: 2011 May-Aug. (PDF)


There are several questions that are repeatedly asked in the comments, so I’ve compiled them here, along with the most common answers and any research I could find:

Does Oil Pulling Help Remineralize Teeth?

It may, but more research is needed. I talked about my personal experience with remineralizing my teeth here, and I did use oil pulling as part of this protocol, but I suspect that the benefit may be from the ability of certain oils to combat the bacteria that causes tooth decay, rather than actual mineral support for the tooth.

Coconut and sesame oils are not excellent sources of the minerals that teeth need, so using them in the mouth wouldn’t be a very effective way to provide minerals for the teeth. Since the mouth is constantly protecting and replenishing the minerals in teeth and enamel through saliva, it seems much more important to make sure the body is getting enough minerals internally so that they are available in saliva.

Can People With Fillings Try Oil Pulling?

I couldn’t find any research related to the safety of oil pulling with fillings. Check with a dentist to see if this would be appropriate for your particular dental situation.

Can I Swallow the Oil? Or Where Should I Spit?

Please do not swallow the oil after oil pulling. It may contain bacteria, dead skin or other residue from the mouth and the whole purpose of oil pulling is to remove these things from the body. Especially with coconut oil, it is also important not to spit this in the sink, shower or toilet as it may solidify and clog the drain. Personally, I keep an old supplement container and spit the oil in that each morning and throw away when it is full.

Do I Have to Swish for 20 Minutes?

I found it difficult to swish for the full 20 minutes when I first started oil pulling. Though this is recommended, it isn’t a hard and fast rule. Neither is the recommendation to use a tablespoon of oil. If you can only use a teaspoon and swish for 5 minutes, start with that and don’t stress about it. Some people also find that adding a drop of essential oil helps the taste and makes oil pulling easier. Just make sure that any oil you use is safe to use internally. I also find that the best time to oil pull is in the shower, since this is the only time I’m not talking to my husband or kids or doing something else. I don’t usually shower for 20 minutes, but this at least gets me part of the way through the time.

Does Oil Pulling Help Bad Breath?

This is one benefit of oil pulling that all sources seem to agree on. Likely because of its ability to help wipe out harmful bacteria in the mouth, oil pulling is known for its ability to help improve breathe and reduce plaque in the mouth.

Have you ever tried Oil Pulling? What was your experience? Share below!

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  1. I want to try this, but really 20 minutes of swishing? I can’t imagine swishing for 20min everyday?

    • I do it while reading/praying so it is a time I’d be sitting still daily anyway…

      • hi, i have a cavity on my left molar and wisdom teeth and i wanna try oil pulling. i wanna know if i could still continue brushing my teeth using commercial toothpaste or it might affect the regeneration of my teeth.

        • Teeth do not regenerate. Your cavities have to be treated first.
          This is a must. The wisdom teeth should be remove as well.

          • Why should wisdom teeth be removed first? Mine won’t grow above the surface.

          • Because the angulation between the crown part of the tooth (What is above the gum) and the root (what is under the gum) makes almost a ninety degree angel in most cases. Food, bacteria get packed in this area (even the cleanest person cannot reach this area and clean properly) and slowly destroy the attached soft tissues and the root area, causing mayhem.

          • Teeth do regenerate the glycerin in your toothpaste prevents your teeth from remineralizing

          • This in incorrect Phil. Teeth do regenerate.

          • Phil,

            It is absolutely unnecessary to remove the 3rd molars IF there is room for them to fully erupt above the gum and soft tissues, and in proper alignment with the adjacent teeth.

            Quite a number of people have comparatively long “jawbones,” allowing plenty of room for the 3rd molars /wisdom teeth to erupt properly. A panoramic digital film–taken around the age of 15–will show the position of the developing/unerupted teeth and if they are/or are not impacted. If they ARE fully or partially impacted, a DDS/or Oral Surgeon would then want to extract them (preferably) before the roots have fully developed.

          • If the teeth are cleaned and protected properly, with a way to keep the bacteria from getting back in, teeth can, at least partially, regenerate… and the wisdom teeth are definitely a case-by-case basis.

          • Not true at all. You may think teeth don’t regenerate.. but coconut oil really works miracles. I had 11 cavities… yes 11. I come from a history of terrible teeth in my family and I couldn’t afford the work. so I tried this ! you can believe it or not, but i know it to be true. 6 months later at my next dentist appointment I had nothing. not one cavity. and my teeth were healthier than they had ever been. I stand by this routine.

          • How dies a broken bones heal? Teeth are part of the skeleton system. Using a good plant based calcium such as Dr. Christopher’s, one would be consuming calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in a organic usable form. He also has a formula named complete tissue (BF&C) and when decocted and concentrated by cooking down, will affect the remineralization of the teeth. It would be well to add alfalfa to this program also.

          • Bones regenerate — teeth regenerate
            I learned about it over 30 years ago — but regenerating teeth – yourself – means you do not have to see a dentist – which means they get less income.
            Are you a dentist, Phil?
            Research it yourself — and try it yourself.

        • Teeth do re-generate if the cavity is only minor. Search for info on re-mineralization of your teeth!

        • Teeth DO regenerate, like other bones. Dentists want you to believe they don’t. Commercial toothpastes have fluoride, avoid them. Mix a little baking soda (not baking powder), a little coconut oil (buy certified organic), and a touch of water – best toothpaste, non-toxic and cheap.

          I’ve been doing oil pulling for various reasons – and I can attest to its remarkable results. Only – it is not for impatient ones. It takes a couple of weeks to start seeing changes, but over 6 months (doing it at least once a day for 20 min) – you will be amazed.

          • Baking soda is waaaaaay too abrasive for the teeth! It will wear away at the enamel, not regenerate it! I am a dental hygienist and it is kinda impossible for most people to remineralize their teeth. It has to be done with a high fluoride therapy an a super clean bacteria free mouth! You can only remineralize into the enamel and if a cavity has passed through to the dentin the cavity has to be filled. I’ve never seen anyone ever do this other than myself because most people are lazy. To regrown micro layers of enamel takes a lot of time and patience. Don’t mislead people into thinking this can be done because for the most part it can’t. And Sensodye Pronamel is a very mild toothpaste and it neutralized the PH of the mouth. It has no SLS so no need to make homemade toothpastes.

          • “high fluoride”, LOL. You’re doing a serious disservice to people recommending anything w/ fluoride, a known toxin. Do some research, there’s NEVER been an independent test showing fluoride reduces dental carries. It’s pure propaganda that was was instituted to protect big business, namely aluminum producers and those working on the Manhattan Project. Read “The Hidden Agenda: The Fluoride Deception” for a HUGE eye opener.

          • Yes! Regeneration definitely happens. I have watched cavities I used to have disappear over a few years. Patience? Yes. Impossible? No.

            I used to have braces, so I have a bar across the bottom front teeth, and it’s hard to brush properly back there, so I used to have four cavities forming on all four of those teeth. Those have long since gone. I had a bad cavity that was really a cavity-cavity on the back of another tooth on the top. The part of the cavity that makes it get worse is gone – it’s no longer black – AND the hole itself heals just a little more every year. Cavities also seemed to like to start around where I had fillings in my molars (something I suspect about the change of material – I’m a builder and I notice change in materials are weak spots on buildings too). Those cavities are also gone. Unfortunately it’s NOT as easy to remove a filling. Ugh. It is such a disservice to be given a filling.

            I attribute a lot of this cavity-healing to the fact that I switched to using licorice root as my primary toothbrush about four years ago. Licorice has a chemical compound in it that is excellent for healing cavities, strengthening enamel, and is also generally great for the throat and for digestion. I also rarely eat sugar (including fruit), or let food sit around in the valleys of my teeth.

            If I decide to brush with a toothbrush (rare), I either don’t use *any* other abrasive, or I had an oak/pennyroyal mix for awhile I really liked. Other folks I know use clay-based pastes they seem to like. There’s quite myth about the necessity of toothpaste… brushing is useful mostly for breaking up colonies of bacteria so they’re don’t get out of control. For that, the only thing you need is something to break up their colony. Like your fingertip. (Or a toothbrush.)

            I do not believe most people are “lazy”. I feel most people are exhausted and disempowered. Who can blame them with our culture? But healing is possible, for every person. Every single person.

          • Ann, I have to disagree with you, as an Oral Healthcare professional, and I am not sure how many people posting to this are actual oral healthcare professionals, but the only thing that will benefit teeth and their oral health is preventive dentistry and the mechanical removal of plaque through brushing and flossing. Making statements such as this misdirects the public on what they need to do to protect their mouths and keep them free from pain and infection. Please be careful what you post as it can potentially harm patients who are too fearful to go to the dentist and instead try home remedies in lieu of professional treatment. Dental infections, which start as cavities can be potentially deadly.

          • I am a dental hygienist, fluoride is what re mineralizes incipient caries which are cavities in the enamel that haven’t reached the second layer of your tooth that is called dentin. If a cavity reaches the dentin it should be filled with a restoration or it may progress to the pulp which causes excruciating pain. The tooth can only be saved then by a root canal if the infection is not too severe. A severe infection will destroy the bone supporting the tooth and you will need it removed. Fluoride is the key to arresting the progression of a cavity. Baking soda is very harmful to your teeth because it whitens them by removing bits of enamel. The dentin layer underneath is yellow. Therefore, the more you use baking soda the thinner your enamel will get, along with more yellow teeth eventually when you run out of enamel layers.

          • I can attest to teeth remineralize. I have been doing oil pulling for over 2 yrs. This is the first yr I did not get bronchitis and pneumonia. I usually get sick in Feb of every yr. But not this time. I had a tooth that was missing more than half the enamel and over 2 yrs later now my tooth is almost completely healed.

            So yes it does

        • Don’t use “commercial toothpaste” period! 1) fluoride – known toxin, does NOT help prevent cavities, pure propaganda. Read the book, “The Fluoride Deception” for a serious eye opener. 2) filler materials – not healthy at all. Do a little research. 3. just brush w/ baking soda or mix concoction of baking soda, coconut oil and drops of peppermint essential oil. Better than any commercial toothpaste you can ever find.

          • I just started with the above concoction a few months ago and I am very pleased so far with the results. Less plaque, breath is more pleasant, and teeth naturally whiter. I’m due in 2 months for a dental checkup and we’ll see if there’s any noticable improvement from last time ( I go every six months). I love using coconut oil for many things – skin, hair, cooking, sometimes a teaspoon in my diet. I just tried oil pulling for the first time so I don’t know of any changes yet but it makes sense healthwise so I’ll continue. I also tried an alternative to anti-perspirant with coconut oil and baking soda. The less chemicals in our daily lives the better. Wish I’d known all this years ago!

        • I am not sure you still have your cavity or not. I have been oil pulling for well over 2yrs. I love doing it. It is one of many things I am passionate about. Yes oil pulling can marginalize. I had a tooth that was missing 1/2 the enamel off of it. I did not notice it and it was not painful. However, I had a very long surgery and the oxygen had dried out my sockets and also caused several teeth to have pit holes. I went to a dentist and left there with a over a 6k estimate for repairs. I could not afford to do it. So, I came online and ended up on this site here and did some research about oil pulling. Then I did some searching to see is there is a natural way to fix them. Now, here I am here 2 yrs later and this tooth is almost completely sealed and I now see enamel going back over the pitted holes in a few teeth. During all this process I thought I lost a cap off one of my back teeth. So, I found out after x-rays that i needed a root canal. Yes I have had them before. Yes, I know how painful they can be. However, this time I did not feel anything, no pain nothing. The dentist said it was an emergency that i needed it. Some dentist will try and nickel and dime anyone. The oil pulling takes out all the toxins out of the mouth. Yes, I did do the root canal. But, when I told the dentist that I oil pull he said it was nothing but a myth. He told me to stop. Of course I did not.

          • Janelle: I’ve never been much of a flosser. Every time I’ve done it since I started oil pulling has been good. Little to no bleeding, whereas before it was always quite a bit. 😉

        • I do oil pulling and would never use commercial toothpaste. I use NOW brand toothpaste from the health food store as it has no chemicals at all. Read your labels. 🙂

          • Agreed! READ LABELS!!!!!

      • My chiropractor recommended this site and oil pulling….I have used coconut oil daily for supplementation and as a facial and body oil, too. I now swish while walking in the morning. I also use weights for my “old lady” arms while I walk…helping my inside and outside. Thanks for sharing oil pulling with coconut oil…my teeth feel great and I’m looking forward to my next teeth cleaning in 3 mos (which MAY be my last!)

        • Never stop getting your teeth cleaned. The bacteria on the calculus that forms between cleanings will eat away at the bone support. You never see it happening because it’s below the gum line. If you are already going every 3 months then you already have an established periodontal situation. By ignoring the dentist you will only enhance the periodontal problem. You only have one set. Don’t loose them

        • A healing crisis is a period of time where your symptoms get worse and then a great increase in health follows.

        • I looking forward to incorporating Oil Pulling as my daily routine. I live a holistic lifestyle and always will. Medicine does not work for me. I have many reasons why I won’t.

      • I did it today for the first time while taking a shower and process following shower… lotion and etc.

        • Just be careful when spitting out in the shower. Make sure you do it over the drain. I didn’t do that the first time and it made the tub extremely slippery!

          • Yes I agree about not spitting in the shower as the tiles can get dangerously slippery. But do NOT spit down the drain of the shower. Or any drain for that matter. I did this by mistake when I first started oil pulling in 2007 and over several weeks I ended up blocking the drains, as coconut oil solidifies in cooler weather. I can laugh about it now 🙂 but it was far from funny at the time. Even spitting out in the garden was a mistake as it attracted ants! You must only ever spit directly into a disposable tissue or a garbage bin.

      • Ive been oil pulling for about two years now off and on (mostly on… Everything is moderation!) and truly love how clean my mouth feels. I did go through a bit of a healing crisis when I started but that stopped after two weeks or so. I use sesame oil 🙂

        • If I may ask…. What do you mean by healing crisis?

          Thank you.

      • How do you not gag? I tried this and almost threw up. I immediately spit it out. How do you guys handle it?

        • perhaps you should try using less

        • Me too. I used just a little at first. Maybe 3/4 teaspoon. That was okay

          • I have been doing it for about three years now.. Twenty minutes sounded awful to me at first. But I just open my computer, read emails, check facebook. Time goes in no time. It has STOPPED my hayfever. Shortened shingles to about a week. Instead of a month or more. ( did oil pulling three times a day then, just to get rid of shingles.) My doctor was AMAZED how fast I got over shingles. My lower back pain went. My teeth became white, no plaque. Less headaches, and way less cold sores. If I go away, I don’t do it for convenience. But can’t wait to get home to do it again. I know it all sounds crazy. But it is the best thing I have ever done for my health…. You do gag the first few times. But you get use to it very fast. To me it is nothing now. I use sunflower oil. I find it has no flavour and is very cheap. I spit into a jar. Then empty that when it when it is getting full. I dig a hold down the back yard, and pour it in that. It’s been no problem…

          • Gail, just wanted to say that you don’t sound the least bit crazy. In fact, just the opposite. I just did my first oil pull. The mistake that I made was to start with 2 tsps. The last 5 minutes with the addition of saliva, I was running out of swishing room! I like the idea of a jar as a spatoon, just not a clear jar. Not that curious to see the waste after a couple of days. I had no idea that it could be a panacea. I wonder how much smarter I’ll be in a month..

        • Try using high quality coconut oil. its not at all what it would seem like. Mine was truly tasteless. Very doable for me and I’m one who can’t swallow pills (supplements) easily

        • Not sure why this showed up in my email. I mentioned something about gagging too even though I am not a gagger. I had to start using less, and not letting it go under my tongue, and I really have to keep it contained to my teeth and not swish all over my whole mouth.

        • I had to start using less. I also had to make sure that I didn’t get it under my tongue. I had to really keep it contained to just my teeth…tight swishes vs. big swishing. I am getting better at keeping it in longer, but after so long, it still makes me gag.

        • I found that standing over my counter leaning forward helps. I stand and read while swishing.

        • I put coconut oil in almost everything. My green tea, omelets, oatmeal, on skin… and even so once I started doing this oil pulling I almost gagged myself. What I found helpful was put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a cup. Place that cup in hot water this will allow the coconut oil to melt and then once you take it in your mouth and it mixes with enough saliva it won’t be so bad =) Try it and see if it works =)

        • I swish better from the front of the mouth vs. the back.

        • I couldn’t manage it without either wanting to swallow or their up. That wss until I actually started keeping myself busy while going it. Usually, I empty and fill the dishwasher. Simply keep yourself busy do your attention is on other things. At last it works for me.

        • I gag act first at the texture but give it a second to melt and it’s just like your own saliva in your mouth and stops bothering me .. I use coconut oil

      • I have read how the oil is so full of toxins while you swish. Couldn’t a person spit and get fresh coconut oil after a few minutes?

        • Linda, I’m surprised more people don’t do it that way. [Couldn’t a person spit and get fresh coconut oil after a few minutes?] After oil-pulling, I use to feel like I was contaminating everything as I rinsed and brushed my teeth. So for some time now, I oil-pull first for only about 2/3 to 3/4 of my planned time, then spit it back into cup and get fresh oil (a little less than the first time) and finish up. After my first rinse with very warm water, I add one drop of something like neem oil to my cup for my next couple of rinses. At the end I do put my “used oil” in a jar to save for the trash. I haven’t seen anyone mention it here so far, but many people who swear by oil-pulling also take a fermented cod-liver oil and often high vitamin butter oil. The combination often seems to multiply the results.

      • I have a problem with bad breath. Can anyone tell me if you’re experiencing positive results from oil pulling. It seems that everyone wants to comment on the swishing duration instead.

        • From the first to second day in realized my bad breath has decreased very much impressively after I wake up in the morning! I my breath has gotten much better during the whole day and I have dealt with bad breath my whole life

      • So i was wondering what the effects are when the oil is swallowed after puling. Everything says to spit it out but i would think that if the toxins are in your mou th they are everywhere else in the body as wel. Does it do harm or just something to avoid

        • I believe the point of the oil pulling is to pull the toxins out of the body. You want to spit out whatever the oil pulls out of your mouth/body. If you swallow, you are putting them back into your body and not actually detoxing the rest of your body. At least this is what I’ve been told.

        • In a way you’re correct. The human body is an amazing instrument that cleanses and heals it’s self, or at least it was designed to before our world became the fast paced, over processed, sweet loving world that it is now. Now our bodies cant detoxify the way they were designed to but that isn’t the point I’m trying to get at.
          Our bodies do their worst to the toxins stored in our system while we sleep. The white stuff you see on your tongue in the mornings are the toxins your body has expelled through the night and need to be washed away.

          • I’ve been getting mild diarrhea after pulling. Is this normal with detoxifying?

      • Is it possible for a receding
        gum line to improve?

        • Yes! That’s the reason I started doing this diligently. Stay with it, you should see improvement in a month or so but make sure you swish for 20 minutes. You should also your teeth become a bit more white as well.

          • Clemente,

            Thank you so much!
            I will let you know when I have imprvement.

          • I recently went in for a check up no cavities but there is gum issues and possible grafting to be done but the funds are not available looking @ 8-10K. My question while I am gathering funds will I benefit from oil pulling? I asked the ofc mgr she told me I would not benefit from oil pulling because I need a deep cleaning…I use a water pik and floss, rinse between meals, brush twice a day.

          • Cynthia, you should continue to do that. I hada 6,000 estimate from a dentist. I had a tooth that was missing 1/2 the enamel and I had soft spots from a surgery I had. From the oxygen I had pit holes in my teeth. I use Nature’s Way organic coconut oil extra virgin. It is the only one I have ever used. I have great results. Whiter teeth, that tooth I had enamel gone on is almost completely healed. Yes healed. The pit holes are now slowly but sure closing. I started doing it once a day for 20 minutes. I do it 2x a day for 20 minutes. There are times I actually go over the time. My husband and daughter is so used to me doing this that they try and talk to me. But I hum what I am saying and they can understand. Lol. I even had a tooth that I thought was missing a cap on it. So, I went to the dentist and found out I needed a root canal. I never felt any pain at all. I have had a root canal before. I know how much pain it causes.

            I am also prone to getting bronchitis and pneumonia. 2015 February to be exact is when I would get it. This is the first yr I did not get it. I’m sticking with oil pulling. .

          • Cynthia: I wouldn’t put much trust that dentist or office manager. $ound$ like they are after one thing. Of course the office manager is going to say that about oil pulling, it won’t make her bo$$ as in the dentist any money if people start finding natural healing of the oral health issues. Oil pulling *DOES* help w/ receding gums. I would start immediately!

      • This therapy sounds great. I would like to point out that organic is a marketing ploy when selling coconut oil, as ALL coconut oil is organic. I lived in Hawaii for 12 years, and never saw anyone using pesticides or fertilizers on coconuts. It’s a robust tree that grows well in the environment.

        So don’t spend big money on organic stores, get it from a discount store, it’s all the same.

        • Sorry bud but it’s not all the same after processing. Very important. We’ve tried different ones. Some good. Some yuck.

        • I agree that most dental professionals will not recommend the natural methods because it does not make them any money do your research and follow the information you will see the benefits of natural healing. I’m not against dental professionals but i believe in helping whenever wherever i can and it has both financial and health benefits to adhere to the oil pulling regimen

        • Actually, some coconut plantations do use chemicals that do not allow the oil to be classified as organic.

      • could i or is it bad to swallow the coconut oil after oil pulling?

        • Do NOT swallow it. It will be full of all the nastiness and toxins in your gums and teeth.

        • If you swallow coconut oil after oil pulling, you will be carrying bacteria and toxins into your stomach and that will make you real sick.

      • But how can you swish for 20mins without swallowing???

        • hehehehe DONT SWALLOW. that’s how. 🙂

      • What about crowns ? I read somewhere that it eats away st the cement.

      • I just wanted to share my story when it comes to oil pulling. I have been doing it over a year. In the beginning I had an issue with swishing it in my mouth for 20 minutes. I also had a gag reflex problem. After I continued to do it the easier it got for me to deal with it. I just feel that the results outweigh any issues I had in the beginning. I love the results that it gives me. It’s amazing. Since we moved away from ND and for the last several years I have been extremely sick with bronchitis that ALWAYS turned to pneumonia. When I heard about oil pulling from a local health food store I had done my research. I have read stories from other people who are saying that it doesn’t work. Then I came across another site that says it works best with Nature’s Own Organic Coconut oil. What did I have to lose?

        So I use that brand of coconut oil. All I can say is I love it and it has done amazing things just for health benefits. #1 This is the first time in 3 yrs I have NOT been sick with bronchitis and pneumonia. No coughing nothing. So the other benefits I get out of this are as follows. #2 my teeth are whiter, my mouth feels clean, smoother teeth and yes it can also be used to detox. When I first started it I didn’t get a headache or anything. #3 I have had a cracked tooth where the gum line meets the tooth. As of today the coconut oil has been healing that tooth. The more and more I used the coconut oil the better my mouth started looking and feeling. A few months back I thought the cap one of my back tooth fell off from using coconut oil. I saw the dentist and he said I needed a root canal. The dentist was surprised that I did not have any pain at all. The dentist tried other little tests. He couldn’t believe that I had no pain. He asked me what I was using. I told him I was oil pulling. I know every person is different. Results may vary depending on how many times a day you do it and if you do it for the full 20 minutes. The dentist told me that oil pulling does is keep your gums healthy. But, not for me. It did a lot more than that. I was so nervous because I thought the cap I had on my tooth fell off because oil pulling. I feel the coconut oil I was using helped me a lot. The yr before I needed a root canal. I remember how painful they are. So yes oil pulling helps.

        Another great benefit is I do it twice a day. I swish 1 tablespoon in my mouth for 20 minutes. I do it while I’m in the shower in the morning. Then I do it 1 hour before I go to bed at night time. I read other websites and they are saying that it is not working. If it’s not working then that means your not doing it right. You can’t just do it for one time and think it’s going to work. It does not happen over night.
        You need to swish for the whole 20 minutes. You also need to be committed to do it every day. I get the best benefit when I do it twice a day with one tablespoon each use.

        • Tanya, I was reading your comment and you mentioned that you were afraid that the oil pulling might cause your caps to come off your teeth. Was that the reason your cap fell off, or was there another reason? I’m interested in oil pulling because of my health issues, but I’m concerned about my caps. This is the only thing that is holding me back. Can anyone help me with an answer?

          • I have one cap on my last back molar from a root canal.

            last feb got it fixed by a new dentist, its a porcelain crown now, the first dentist i had didn’t even properly adhese the crown or treat the root canal. he was unfort for me a hack. that’s why my cap orig fell off.

            I have been oil pulling for a few months now, close to 8 months and have had no issues, I have a porcelain crown if that helps. if your caps are done properly oil pulling will not have any effect on it. hope it helps!

        • So tanya did u still get the root canal? My dentist just yolf me I needed root canal. Would I still need it if pulling takes away the infection?

        • The detox benefits are also very beneficial. I will continue oil pulling once I get these stitches out

        • Nature’s OWN Organic Coconut oil, OR Nature’s WAY Organic Coconut oil?
          I couldn’t find the OWN kind.

          • Nature’s Way organic extra virgin coconut oil

      • Then you must be swishing quite a lot. LOL

        Jesus told us to pray without ceasing. I try to do this, but come up short. One good thing I do is pray anytime I wash my hands… (the Lord’s Prayer), which takes about the same amount of time to complete as what is recommended by doctors to wash your hands… about 25 seconds.

        I have increased my praying also by singing the Lord’s Prayer to a favorite tune of mine… two thus far I have managed, is “The Eyes of Texas are Upon Us” and “The Marine Corps Hymn”.

      • Can I just put some coconut oil on my toothbrush and brush normally?

      • Hi Katie. Can brush my teeth with baking soda after oil pulling or before?

    • I get up, rinse with water, then add the oil and swish while I get dressed, feed my cat, and make me some lemon water. After I swish with warm salt water, then drink my lemon water! 🙂 It is easy and no bother!

      • No, she means lemon water. Where on earth would you get that she meant pee?

        • Wow, that was different haha

        • I think Bob is 10 years old

      • You, sir, are all kinds of special for coming up with that one.

        • I’m about to pee my pants I’m laughing so hard. And I’m in class.

    • I know! I was thinking the same thing. I can barely swish 30 sec with a pre brushing rinse!

    • I completely agree. I love natural beauty solutions, but 20 minutes is going to extremes.

      • Really? Your teeth aren’t worth it? I mean really… what do you have to lose?

        • Teeth.

        • Indeed. 20 minutes a day is really not that long. There’s people who watch way more than 20 minutes a day of TV… 20 minutes to care for your mouth and teeth is VERY well worth it.

          • I have been told splitting it up 2x a day helps. Once in the AM and once at night 10 min a piece. Try that out. It is still long but not as long.

          • 20 minutes is not that long…do it in the shower, or while scoping the Internet..

          • That sounds more agreeable!

          • Does the swishing for 20 mins not cause you to create lots of saliva and fill your mouth?

          • I just watched a video of this and she said to be sure not to swallow because you will be swallowing the toxins. How does one not swallow for even 1 minute?

          • I tried it for the first time with coconut oil but had to spit it out after 20 seconds! I want to continue to try this but I have an EXTREMELY quick gag reflex! Any suggestions?

          • I use unrefined sesame oil (although refined is okay too if that all you can find). I find I prefer the taste of the sesame oil to the coconut oil.

        • It all depends upon a person’s gag reflex. Some people really cannot do this, through no fault of their own. Telling them their teeth are worth it just makes them feel bad. If you can’t do this, then don’t do it. Part of natural healing and health is knowing what you can and cannot do.

          There are other ways to heal your mouth, this is just one of many. How about brushing correctly? At a 45? angle so the bristles get below the gum line like floss. Works great!

          How about taking vitamin C to your bowel tolerance? Lots of gum issues are due to sub-clinical scurvy. My son’s were.

          How about eating only organic whole foods, properly prepared to improve health and teeth? How about making everything yourself instead of eating packaged processed nutritionally “dead” food? How about cutting out all white sugar and all white flour?

          The list goes on.

          • If it’s making you gag, you can put your teaspoon of coconut oil into a coffee mug and place your mug into a bowl of boiling water for a few seconds…just long enough for it to start to melt. Then take it out and mix with a spoon until the rest dissolves. Much easier to swish around. Just a few seconds of heating, you don’t want to burn your mouth.

      • I felt the same way- & needlessly psyched myself out -before finally trying it for the first time.. I just could not imagine 20mins of swishing, not out of laziness or busy-ness, but for the mere thought that I would be gagging the whole time, struggling not to swallow as my mouth filled w/ saliva. I found that it was actually very easy & the time passed quickly! You can make your coffee, meditate/pray or read, even while (@ my man’s suggestion:) doing a mineral salt foot soak & laying on a Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat (which among many benefits, also helps energize upon waking). What an awesome combo for a quick 20min morning whole-health routine!! As for the swishing, I use 1 tsp organic coconut oil & 1 tsp Bulletproof Upgraded MCT oil. Even w/ what seemed a lot of salivation my first time, I really only barely swallowed a tiny amount of the mct oil right at the beginning. Which is fine, as it is good to have some daily anyway, & hasn’t yet pulled the bacteria. My teeth were immediately smoother from the first use! Whiter by the second(: & oil pulling also helped me get over an allergy induced sinus drainage/upper respiratory cough. Believe me.. If I can do it, you can!

        • I agree – I’m oil pulling right now and this feed is so long that I will probably have my 20 minutes done before I’m done reading it all! It’s not too hard; you can do it, people! 🙂

          • I spent the last half of my oil pulling reading this feed! 🙂 I’m thinking I should save the rest for tomorrow’s session!

    • Seems tedious, but the time goes by quickly if you keep active doing other things (like checking emails in the morning). I can barely do regular mouth wash for 10 seconds, but have no issues with oil pulling.

      • I just tried it for the very first time & made it the whole 20 min. It was not bad @ all like I was thinking. It was very much like water after the coconut oil melted! I’m really looking forward to no more painful scrapes @ the dentist 🙂

    • In this fast paced lifestyle we live nowadays we get inpatient with things that take a but miner and can make a huge difference in or life. You will be surprised quickly the 20 of swishing passes by when you are busy doing sonething else in the morning; getting dressed,throwing out the trash, dining tire hair, making the bed, fixing breakfast etc. Try it. It is 20 minutes that will make a difference in, your, health.

      • Geravdee, It looks like you are in a hurry yourself as you relied on auto-correct and did not check for errors! I’ve never tried “dining tire hair” Doesn’t sound too appetizing!

      • Dining tire hair? Do tires actually have hair? What kind of tires are these? Does dinning on tire hair improve oral health or is there other health benefits to eating tire hair? Anyway, i was hoping to find some comments that were in agreement so as to get an idea of the benefits of coconut oil pulling but just like most areas of life i guess nowadays, that’s simply asking a bit too much lol Oh well, i’ll keep researching. I’ve been using cold-pressed coconut oil for a few weeks now and my teeth seem to be liking it. From what i gather, coconut oil is the most recommended and probably has the most benefits. Makes sense considering coconut is probably now or soon to be considered a superfood. I was mainly looking to see if 1/2 teaspoon might be ok seeing as i think i have a smaller head than most and figured u would just need enough for a good swish anyway. There’s no way imma get 2 teaspoons in and still be able to swish. Was also hoping to hear more about the chances of it repairing teeth and gums but obviously i won’t get anything definitive here.

    • I oil pulled with coconut oil for a month, my gums seemed healthier then my mouth broke out with very painful thrush like symptoms. I went to a clinic and was prescribed a swish and swallow medication. The condition went away, I continued to oil pull and within a month it returned. white patches underneath my tongue, white patches and discharge on my tongue, painful. Dr’s did not think it was candida related thrush and do not know what is was. I stopped oil pulling and have not had a recurrence in the last three weeks. Was it the oil pulling or something else, I do not know.

      • I’m allergic to coconuts (not topically, but internally) and have a similar reaction when I tried pulling with coconut oil. So, I switched to olive oil. No more problems!

      • Maybe a coconut allergy?

      • Whiteness of the tongue is indication or proper detoxing. Just drink plenty water and take a probiotic. Don’t give up or you will have to start all over again. You may get a running nose and that is common too as you detox. Take Epsom Salt baths to detox the skin as that is the biggest organ in your body and takes the longest to detox.

    • I should not have read this WHILE oil pulling. I snorted laughter through my nose and swallowed a little of the oil:

      Does “make lemon water” mean you pee? Then DRINK IT?!?!? EWWWWW!

      Sarah SAYS

      JANUARY 31, 2014 AT 10:07 PM

      No, she means lemon water. Where on earth would you get that she meant pee?

      Jennifer SAYS

      FEBRUARY 9, 2014 AT 10:27 PM

      Wow, that was different haha

      • hah! i`m reading this as i`m pulling for the first time too. was hard not to giggle with a mouth full of oil/saliva! ;p

        • Brandy, your lucky it was not pee !

      • Hehe — just to add to the fun, I actually do know people who insist on drinking their pee every now and again to check in on their body. It’s not actually uncommon or some crazy new idea. Just culturally black-listed for topic. 😀

        • I should specify from what I know about the ‘drinking pee’ business:
          it’s important if you’re doing it as a way of “checking in” (not as an emergency situation, in which case you can drink your pee TWICE before it is too toxic to recycle) to only drink the “middle” part of your urination, as the toxins tend to “rest” at the bottom of the bladder, and the top can also pick up the dregs.
          Not my cup-of-tea (cup-of-pee?) but to each their own.
          😀 😀

    • I was a bit apprehensive about the 20 minutes also, but just played games on my phone (wow those are a huge time suck) and read some news on google and before I knew it, the 20 minutes was up!

    • I just started doing the oil pulling. I am pressed for time in the mornings, so while I am getting ready for work, I swish, then I brush and eat. It works very well for me since I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and just swish.

      In one week, I have noticed a huge difference in my gum health as well as a reduction of plaque and stains. My teeth and mouth feel amazing after oil pulling.

      Just try it out while you are getting ready for work in the morning and see how you like it. I absolutely love it and plan on incorporating it into my daily dental routine.

    • I’m trying this for the first time. I have not been able to go more than 5 minutes because my mouth just feels too full, and I am having to hold a napkin to my mouth. I don’t mind the taste of the coconut oil, but the abundance of fluid plus the oil is quite overwhelming.

      • Use less oil.

      • You should only be using 1 or 2 teaspoons of oil. It shouldn’t be enough to fill your mouth. Be careful that you aren’t using tablespoons.

    • I’m a teacher. I swish in the morning while watching the news, preparing lessons for the day, or grading papers/exams. I’ve been doing it for about 2 weeks. There’s only been ONE day when 20 minutes felt like an eternity.

      • For the love of the God, can anyone write about benefits of oil puling, not about what he is doing in those 20 min? O.o I’ m starter in this and I want to know what can I expect!

        • 🙂 I was thinking the same thing?
          I’ve been doing it for about a month now. I do it every other day (with Sesame Oil) alternating with drinking Lemon water on the other days.
          They may be some detoxifying benefits that I’m not sure of, but my teeth have clearly gotten whiter.

    • It’s not that bad. I ‘m doing it right now while surfing the ‘net. Some days I do it in the shower. 🙂

    • Honestly the 20 minutes goes by SO fast! Especially once you get into a “morning routine” !

    • Do it first thing in the morning, while you bathe. I’ve been doing it now 3-4 months its now bad and you get use to it.

      • Hi Princella,

        I think I know you! Are you still doing real estate? I’ve just tried oil pulling as a way of teeth whitening. Hoping it works. I use coconut oil.

    • Man up, stick on some TV, chill and let the time fly by. Whilst I’m writing this I also suggest adding some garlic (at a time where socialising isn’t a necessity), you can feel it working the whole way through! Although it does taste like crap.

    • Trust me its not bad……I get on my tablet read a book, clean around the house, you can find many things to do next thing you know 20min is up. =)

    • If I try oil pulling twice or three times a day, do I need to brush my teeth with regular toothpaste and regular mouthwash after?

      • Ryan: I think two or three times per day is overdoing it. Well, I could see morning and night. I do brush my teeth afterwards, usually just using baking soda. You will get a lot of food particles out by the swishing but not all. It’s not necessary but I think, if you’re anything like me, it will leave you w/ a better feeling if you do brush. Avoid fluoride toothpaste!

    • I just did this and thought the same thing… Really… 20 minutes! I busied myself cleaning out my pocketbook and wallet! Before I knew it 20 minutes were up. At first my gag reflex kicked in and I forced it to stop. I loved this! OMG! My mouth feels 100% spotless! I have Sjorgens Syndrome and am willing to do anything to keep my teeth and gums healthy!

    • In what ways does oil pulling affect fillings and crowns? I have read that it can loosen them. I would love to try oil pulling but don’t want to impact my dental work.

      Thank you.

      • I will soon get a feel for that. I have been doing coconut oil for a couple of months… once daily. I have my annual dental appointment in a couple of weeks. I have not told my dentist or hygienist I am pulling. I want to see if they recognize any difference from past exams. I will be posting their Responses or lack thereof.

    • I do it while I shower and wash my hair. By the time I am toweling off and moisturizing my face with more coconut oil it is time to spit, rinse, and brush. So far so good.

    • I started it today and did 12 minutes to start. Well, that is how long I lasted and it wasn’t difficult swishing for that long. The difficult part was having my 2 children ask me a whole bunch of questions during this time and I couldn’t answer. Ha ha. I thought having 2 tsp of oil in my mouth would be gross but it was ok.

      • LOL… I have actually found when I started swishing for 20 minutes a day some time ago, I experienced an extreme peace while swishing. The fact was, I was unable to speak during that 20 minutes and I was unable to say something for my wife to disagree with… LOL.

        I am swishing not at least three times a day… giving me one hour of peace a day.

        • Sonny,

          Your message is very cute it made me smile. Thank you for sharing!

          • Pamela… I thought about it at first when posting a bit of related humor, and hoped after posting it people would realize it was a joke.

            I am an avid user of oil pulling. I use coconut oil. The only problem I have is spitting out the finished product. I love the taste of coconut (but I do spit it out).

            I have advised both my dentist and hygienist (just had my yearly this March) and neither of them had any negative comment about the practice. I had only been doing it since January. I have always taken good care of my teeth (never had a tooth pulled at 68), but do have a few caps.

            When I had my appointments (March 2015), I did not tell them I was pulling. After the exam, I asked if my teeth/gums were improved at all. Both said (even for this short amount of time and in spite of my long term good care of my mouth), that they may have been a little less tartar buildup this year. Then I told them I was pulling. We all agreed next years exam would be an even better report on the practice.

            However, I am considering increasing to three secessions a day… I have learned that these moments of peace are “little treasures”… LOL.

            In this regard, it is plain as day, when I keep my mouth closed, my Wife loves me even more than before…. LOL… and of course there are fewer debates… LOL.


            PS – I have a similar story of success, regarding use of Apple Cider Vinegar for general health concerns, especially as it relates to blood pressure and cholesterol counts. Holler if you would like that story posted as well…

        • Sonny, Please share with me your uses and experience with using apple cider vinegar.

          • I am 67 and overweight. 6′ tall and hover around 300 pounds. My blood pressure is on average about 80/125. Both my good and bad cholesterol counts are better than any woman’s. I take no blood pressure or cholesterol meds.

            With that said, I will take you back about 20 years. I was 47 or so… weighed 240. My blood pressure averaged about 110/180… I was taking multiple blood pressure meds, my cholesterol counts were out of control and I was on meds to help correct those.

            I had my annual physical. The Doc said, we need to do something about your diet to help alleviate these problems, or I will have to alter or change your current meds. I am sending you to a nutritionist and putting you on a fat fee diet.

            Having two daughters that vacillated between vegetarians and vegan, and a wife that was almost the same, my dieting habits were nearly the same as well. I knew a lower fat free diet was not the answer.

            At that moment, I thought of my oldest Aunt, who basically outlived her siblings, siblings who died from cancer, stroke, etc., while she lived to be older than the rest, and finally dying of just plain old age. I recalled she was a nurse and used vinegar as a method to combat normal diseases and enhance good health. The rest used to laugh about this, but indeed, she outlived most of them and did not die of cancer or heart problems.

            Actually she used “plain” on the shelf vinegar from the grocery store. I think it was apple cider flavored.

            So, I went straight to the whole food store and purchased a quart of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother. This was raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar (ACV) with the mother (dusty looking dregs in the bottom of the bottle). At that time, you could not purchase such vinegar at the local food market… but only health food stores.

            I read all about it (see bragg.com) and began taking about 1 – 2 Tablespoons a day, mixed with juice or on occasion water.

            The doc had made an appointment and blood test for about 6 weeks later, to check the progress of my “fat free diet”.

            Six weeks later, I went to do the lab work, then visited my doc a couple of days later.

            His pronouncement when I entered his office, was “well I guess that fat free diet has really helped… your numbers are much improved in all regards. BP was better, cholesterol counts were much improved.”

            I laughed and told him my story (all of the above). He was sort’ve amazed, but as many medical docs do, scoffed a bit at the notion.

            He said, well whatever you are doing, keep doing it and we will do another lab and visit in about 6 weeks. If it kept improving, he would take me off my meds.

            Six weeks later, my cholesterol counts were better than any woman’s he had record of and my bp was much improved.

            I was removed from all heart related meds.

            Today, again, I am 67, I live a fairly inactive life style (shame on me and I hope to improve that) and hover around 300 and am still off the heart related meds. All counts are doing great.

            I will tell you this, I have recommended Bragg to many people, who have tried it. But many stop because they cannot get past the “vinegary” taste. To me, this type apple cider vinegar tastes more “apple-ly” than vinegary. However, having experienced a significant affect on my health, I no longer try to disguise the vinegar. I drink about 8 or so quarts of water each day. I have my vinegar in a squirt bottle and squirt in about 3 squirts per quart. I think I am taking about 3 tablespoons per day. (but it is reported that you cannot overdose on ACV).

            It is indicated it may do various good things for your body and mind. All I know for sure, it resolved my heart related problems. And once you experience such a change or affect, taste becomes less relevant and the affect takes on most importance.

            When someone complains about the potential vinegary taste, I always say, anyone who can drink a beefeater martini straight up (vermouth and gin, my God) and say they like the taste, obviously have cultivated a “taste” not so much for the flavor of such a concoction, but indeed the “affect”.

            Almost all food stores carry whole, unprocessed ACV these days in multiple brands including Bragg, in addition to the normal vinegars.

            I have slightly altered my opinion on use of ACV for general good health.

            I used to say it was the best if not the second best thing one could put into their body… to now, it is simply the best thing anyone, male or female, can put into your body.

            Wish me luck on my effort to increase activity and lose weight!! The older I get, the more “luck” I need in such an effort.

            Thanks, G H Sonny Hollub Jr

          • Sonny,
            Keep on keeping on! ACV is some of the best medicine around, it’s too bad people will trust doctors who prescribe Big Pharma’s poison or at its best fix that treats symptoms not the underlying cause. I drink Bragg’s ACV by mixing 1 tablespoon of raw honey w/ some hot water to dissolve, toss in 2 tablespoons ACV and then mix w/ hot and cold water to make it almost room temperature.

            Try to incorporate some physical exercise into your daily regimen. Start w/ walking for 10 minutes….then graduate to 15, 20, 25 and finally 30. You will lose more weight that way as your metabolic rate will shoot up although you may also get an increase in appetite.

            Do you eat three meals per day? Do NOT skip meals, that slows down the metabolic rate, one thing many Americans often do is skip the first one and it’s been found that those who skip breakfast have higher cases of diabetes. Eat healthy things between meals, e.g. a banana, yogurt, almonds. Those counts as “meals” and causes you to eat less at the major ones, i.e. lunch and dinner. It’s actually easier on our digestive system to eat 5 or 6 meals a day than three large ones and again, that causes our metabolic rate to increase.

            Wishing you all the best!

    • For those who have a difficult time with just coconut oil I suggest adding a couple of drops of peppermint oil. It makes it taste better (to some that don’t like the coconut oil) and it’s good for your teeth also:)

    • I do the oil pulling 2 to 3 times a day. It is worth it. Do I occupy my mind with other thing? You bet. I get a lot done in the 20 minutes. You swish until the oil is broken down… some time it happens faster than 20 minutes

    • When I saw this in Dr Oz I thought they said 2 minutes where can I find the correct timing. I do it 2 minutes b4 brushing 2x a day and I am noticing improvement with dry mouth and plaque which can also cause bad breath

      • 20 minutes a day.

    • Do it right before you step in the shower and during. The time adds up quickly to getting ready to shower, showering and drying off after and is usually somewhere pretty close to 20 minutes so I only have a minute or 2 left to swish after. Easy!!

    • I had never heard of this practice until my niece made mention of coconut oil as a gargle remedy. I then found your article. I cannot imagine swooshing “anything” around in my mouth for 20 minutes. I’ll pass. If it would benefit me to do this method for a minute, then I would definitely consider it a new remedy to try. Not 20 minutes, however. Knowing I would be swooshing around old plaque and bacteria in my mouth for that period of time would gross me out.

      • So you won’t invest in your health and wellness, huh? Just throw some pharmaceuticals at the problem later…yeah, that’s the ticket!

      • From what I understand, the old plaque and bacteria that you’d be working on taking care of are the ones that are currently living in your mouth. If you brush and floss, it makes sense to me that the remaining plaque and bacteria are what didn’t get removed by brushing or flossing, and will stay in your mouth until they’re removed by some other method.

        I don’t know whether swishing oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes would take care of it or not. I’m sure it’d work at least as well as rinsing with water, if only to help gum circulation. But if it works, and the plaque and bacteria do get broken down and “pulled” into the oil mouthwash like it’s claimed, then I guess I’d look at it as “I have plaque and bacteria swishing in my mouth for 20 minutes” versus “I have plaque and bacteria in my mouth all day, and night, and I swallow bits of it when I eat food, and it stays there forever.” Gross.

        It sounds way grosser to me than swishing a little oil around in my mouth for a little while. After all, if I eat food and drink fluids for 20 minutes at mealtimes three times a day, it’s not much different than moving around some oil in my mouth that’s clean and doesn’t have particles of food or sugar or other junk in it for a little while. Granted, I guess it’d be gross if I swallowed it after, but not any more gross than swallowing food from a mouth fulled with plaque and bacteria.

        ..Yeah I’m grossing myself out here now, so I’m gonna stop explaining lol.

    • I learned about oil pulling in the book ‘Katrina’s Recovery.’ Very easy to do, best first thing in the morning since that is when the most bacteria are in the mouth. Book “Oil Pulling Therapy!” My teeth are getting much whiter, very white and beautiful. Although they were gorgeous without oil pulling, oil pulling is naturally making them whiter and getting all tea stains off.

    • Has anyone tried pulling with wheatgrass? I heard it’s supposed to be better than oil & less time.

    • It goes by fast if you do it first thing in the morning. I’ve also found that if I use these oil pulling packets with peppermint oil I found from Aviva Pure Beauty the tastes is more bearable.

    • Please note you’re not switching the oil around. You are pushing it through your teeth and then sucking/pulling it back in through your teeth. Fife said 15 to 20 minutes 1-2x daily. I do 18 min. every morning when I get up. I was in need of a root canal and had multiple lesions on my spleen, liver and cysts on my kidneys. Within 5 weeks of oil pulling the lesions and cysts were completely gone and I did not need the root canal. This is powerful healing.

      • I can understand how the oil pulling can help with whitening teeth, but how is that as others say it got rid of their bronchitis, and in your comment it got rid of your various organ cysts? Can someone explain why or how oral oil pulling helps other internal ailments?

        • I have been doing oil pulling for over 2 yrs. 2015 is the first yr I did not get bronchitis and pneumonia. The type of coconut oil I use is organic and unrefined I get it from Nature’s Way. I love it. I used it as a detox then it turned into repairing a tooth of mine had 1/2 the enamel missing. It’s almost completely repaired. I couldn’t afford a 6k estimate that was given by a dentist. The unrefined is what helps my teeth

    • I do try the ‘mouth wash’ for a few months (either coconut oil or olive oil).
      Obviously, my sensitive teeth are much better !

      • You can always start at 10 minutes and then work your way into the 20 minutes. That is how I started 2 yrs ago. Now, I do it for 20 minutes 2x a day.

    • I know right I just tried this for the first time all I could do was 5 minutes maybe it will get easier idk.

      • It gets easier I have been doing it over 2 yrs. I started doing it for 5 minutes but now I do it 2x a day for 20 min. It’s amazing and love the results that I get

        • I don’t suppose you’ve seen any gum re growth?

          • That is a great question. I know it helps so to prevent gingivitis. However, I had an issue with my gums where they were shrinking and caused my gums to always bleed. But now I do not have that problem. I will be going to tge dentist and have them check my measurements the gums.

          • I have, which is the reason I started. I did a web search for exactly that as my gums were receding at a scary rate. I’ve seen them grow back to almost normal. I’ve been oil pulling for about 8 months now. Keep at it, do it every day.

            And don’t brush too hard. Be very careful about using hydrogen peroxide to gargle with and/or to rid teeth of stains or to get whiter. Also those teeth whitening “whitestrips”, first and only time I used those I noticed my gums had receded.

        • Christy… and the results are?? I have been doing it over a year… not for sure what my results are. My teeth were fairly white when I started and are still fairly white… which was not the main reason I started doing it. I was after the “better health” affects… for my teeth and whatever else would come. My teeth were healthy in the beginning and remain so.

          I have my next dental appointment, so I hope to get an opinion from them regarding buildup etc., but have no idea if I am “healthier”…


          • Hi Sonny, I love oil pulling. It remineralizes the teeth, prevents gingivitis and helps with overall health. I used it to start doing a detox. Not only that I used to get bronchitis and pneumonia every February for the last 5 yrs. 2015 was the first yr I did not get it.
            Now I look forward to what 2016 has in store for me

    • It goes by much faster than you think. It’s less than a children’s TV show worth of time.

    • I do it in the shower or while I’m blow drying my hair! Passes the time faster

      • I also do it in the shower! It makes spitting it out easier!

    • I couldn’t either, until I realized there are quiet times in my day where I am actually not talking or in conversation and these may last an hour or two (sometimes more). It’s like chewing gum. People do it without much thought, sometimes just to relax. Well, this is a much more healthy way to relax, I have found.

  2. Just wanted to share what I read about oil pulling a few months ago: Cold press organic sunflower oil or untoasted sesame oil are the only two oils recommended for oil pulling because they are the most effective for healing diseases (perhaps this is why you have not had other experiences with it?)

    • I saw that too, but have also read of more benefits from coconut due to its natural antibacterial properties…

      • Did you try adding few drops of any essential oil along with coconut/sesame oil?

        Probably, Palma Rosa can be a very good addition?
        It is antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties

      • Can anyone tell me if pulling will loosen caps?

        • Been doing it about 3 months at least once daily. Just had my checkup and all my caps are in tact with no loosening noticed by my dentist or hygienist.


        • It does work so far no loose caps
          It’s also good for thyroid function

    • That is what I read as well. I use 1 Tablespoon of Sunflower oil.

    • Maybe you could alternate between coconut oil and sunflower/sesame oil and get the comprehensive package of benefits 🙂

    • I haven’t read other articles but reading your comment made a thought pop into thought and is if this technique has been around for a VERY long time and sunflower oil or sesame oil has been around for less than 100 yrs how could of these oils been used. Even olive oil. I would think coconut oil would have had to been the original oil used. Any thoughts?

      • I think Sesame oil’s been around for a very long time also Michelle…

      • According to Wikipedia(I realize it is not the best source, but I didn’t feel like doing too much digging) Sesame is one of the first known crop oils. So definitely longer than 100 years

      • This technique has come from Ancient Indian books and Sesame oil is one of the oldest oils extracted.
        There are proofs of Sesame oil being used in food by Indus Valley civilization and was exported to Mesopotamia civilization in such old days.

        • I do oil pulling each day before b’fast I notice my gums are improving, I have
          Faith and believe what I do, it’s your body keep it up healthy and enjoy the one
          Human life we all have. Take care. Ramya from UK

    • I read they were the only two effective oils also… all others were a distant second.

  3. Doing this right now. Thanks for the great post. You’re site has helped me so much!! I thought it said 2 Tablespoons, not teaspoons! Guess I’ll get extra clean.

    • Actually it says 1 Tablespoon.

      • “Put 1-2 teaspoons of oil into the mouth”

        • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons, so its not that big of a deal anyway.

  4. My mornings are crazy. I have to be out of my house by 8, and I rarely have the time to have coffee, breakfast, water kefir; swishing for 20 minutes sounds absurd. Even if I had the time, I don’t think I’d be able to do it for so long. Wouldn’t your cheek muscles become sore? I do consider myself to be a very health-oriented AND open minded person, but swishing oil for 20 minutes is special.

    • I hear ya. I oil pull at least 5x a week and always start out intending to do 20 min but it’s usually for about 10 while I make coffee, putter around, even in the shower, etc. Even with this truncated swishing time, my skin has drastically improved and my teeth are super white!

      • When you first started, how many minutes could you do? I can’t stand swishing mouth wash or wearing my night guard because it makes me feel claustrophobic. But I would like to try… Should I bother, knowing that I will have to start at a much shorter time period ?

        • I actually did it for the full 15-20 minutes for the first few times…then I just got lazy! I think you should try and monitor results for about a week. If you’re still benefiting from the shorter time, it seems like a win-win.

        • I found that a full teaspoon of coconut oil is as much as I can comfortably manage – more makes me want to gag!

          • Me too! I was really keen to try this but I really don’t love the feel of it in my mouth and the most I can force myself to do is 12 minutes. Especially with two young children hanging around it’s very hard to find 20 minutes when you don’t need to speak! I figure I might get used to the the sensation but what I wasn’t expecting is that both times I’ve done it, I’ve felt really nauseous afterwards 🙁 anyone else experienced this and did it pass? I’m going to try again but to be honest I’m not looking forward to it!

      • Which oil are you using?

    • i do oil pulling for as long as I can. Since I started fairly recently it’s up from five minutes to about ten, so maybe I can work up to 20 minutes.

    • I melt my coconut oil in the microwave first thing, then start swishing as I wash my face, put in my contacts, make my lemon water, and put on my mineral veil. After all that the twenty mintues is over! When my muscles get tired I take a lil break then start up again. The first few times it made me gag, I won’t lie. Now I’m completely used to it. It has made a noticible difference in the sensitivity in my teeth and gums as well as removing all the mucus in my sinus’ from being sick. Once you work it into your routine, it becomes as normal as brushing your teeth before you leave the house!

      • I am not sure heating the coconut oil in the microwave is such a good thing. Microwaves radiate your food and remove the nutrients.

        • I agree. The microwave is killing off the beneficial nutrients that support this practice. I don’t recommend that others do this. The coconut oil melts quickly in your mouth!

        • You should see what microwaves do to water at the molecular level. See: Water, the Great Mystery on youtube…

          • I started to watch that video, but read the comments, and gave up. I was interested in seeing what a horrible microwave did to water…

        • I have always heard that Extra-Virgin Coconut oil is the “cleanest” and most heat stable oil to use

        • I’ve found it’s just as easy to melt the oil by putting the jar in/under hot water, pour the melted bit into your spoon, and move on with your life. I’m also not a fan of standing around with a lump of melting oil in my mouth, (in my first trimester of pregnancy and it has been hell on my gag reflex), but didn’t want to microwave it. Hot water does the trick.

        • If I need to heat oil for anything, I usually pour warm or hot (depending on how hot or warm I want the oil to be) in a bowl and put the oil in a smaller bowl or cup and place it in the larger bowl like a bath. It takes a few minutes, but I find this warms oil without having to guess if it’s too hot, getting burned (i.e. on the stove), and without killing nutrients in the microwave.

          • I think another way could be to heat the spoon and then use the spoon to get out the oil. Less cumbersome than a hot water bath and much better than using the microwave.

      • If you put the coconut oil directly in your mouth, it will melt within seconds. It has a very low melting point. Try that instead of microwaving. It really does melt fast.

      • I was told you should not put the oil in the microwave, that take from benefits of oil pulling, you should warm you some water and put a cup in the water and put the oil in that, so that you can get greater results from oil pulling.

    • You do not have to do it in the morning, you can do it any time of the day.

    • If you really wanted to do this, you’d find the time.

    • While in the shower is the perfect time!

  5. I have always had poor oral health. It’s a constant struggle with bad breath and infections that has led to other issues and to a general feeling of unwellness. :-/ I am very excited to try this seemingly easy process!!!! ^_^ To find the best oil for me, how long would you recommend experimenting with each one?

    Also, what could cause oil pulling to be unsafe during pregnancy? Is it risk from the concentration of bacteria and such in the oil or are there other reasons? (Just curious.)

    • And I’ve started all ready!

    • I’d try each one for at least a few days. I’ve had the best personal results with coconut and sesame, if that helps. The theory is that because oil pulling causes a detox effect, it can be harmful during pregnancy, but I’ve always considered it better to have the toxins out during pregnancy!

  6. I have always had very good teeth but as I turned 40, I got my first cavity, well not one but SEVEN within a year! I had undiagnosed thyroid issues for 10 years and started treatment about 8 months prior to that dreadful checkup. (I do go very 6 months, always have.) I have been on well water for 10 yrs, that is why I had so many cavities, or that was the dentist’s explanation, which I didn’t believe. I have a reasonably healthy diet and good oral hygiene, could it be my thyroid and hormonal changes? I am definitely going to try the oil pulling and make my own paste to go fluoride-free. I will be doing the same with my 5 yr old daughter, but oil pulling for her? I just don’t think I can get a 5yr old to swish for 20 mins; it will be challenging enough for me. Any suggestions?

    • I haven’t tried to get kids to do oil pulling, especially since they respond so well to just good diet and oral health habits…

      • That is what I suspected. She has very healthy eating and brushing habits, so pretty much a clean slate. 🙂

    • You should read Cure Tooth Decay

  7. I have a question regarding the Brushing Blend. Do you know if there are any kid-friendly flavors available? We have been oil pulling for the last year (my husband and I), but as a family we still use commercial toothpastes that contain flouride. I’d like to make the transition to being flouride-free, but need some advice on how to begin this endeavor with small children (5 & 2 yrs old).

    • For my kids, I either use my homemade toothpaste or use the ora wellness blend but dilute it with coconut oil (put coconut oil on the toothbrush first and then 2 drops of the brushing blend)

      • Thanks! I’ll try that! 🙂

    • Toms of Maine has a kids flouride free toothpaste

        • Hi.. do I have to oil pull everyday?? I’m going to try this but was wondering if it has to be every day. . Thanks

    • I started to use 3/4 teaspoon every morning while shower getting ready for breakfast about 15 min then spit in the garbage and rinse mouth with warm water. My son does it too and he has braces. No more need to clean teeth as they white as snow and feels wonderful.

  8. I really want to start oil pulling but am still breastfeeding my 10 month old. Do you have any concerns about detoxing and exposing the baby to toxins? I read that somewhere else but I feel like the health benefits would be important and my body would likely detox through the bathroom rather than through my milk. Would love your thoughts, thanks!

    • I personally am comfortable doing it while nursing since I haven’t seen the evidence that it quickly moves around systemic toxins that would pass to baby, but I’d research and do what you feel comfortable with…

  9. Several people have mentioned kids with good brushing habits. I’m having a terrible time getting my 3 yo son to brush. Any suggestions? Anything from tricks to homemade “pastes” that taste good would be helpful. Thanks.

  10. I’ve done oil pulling with organic raw sesame oil & saw great results. My teeth felt cleaner & became a shade or two whiter. I stopped doing it because I simply didn’t make time for it. However, most recently my dentist has told me that I need to clean my teeth better due to more plaque buildup, increase in bad bacteria, sensitivity, & small divots that need to be filled. He suggested using xyiltol toothpaste & brushing with an electric brush. I chose not to use flouride & now I will make pulling a daily habit.

    Does anyone know how to make your own brushing blend?

    • Try Diatomaceous Earth or fine Bentonite or Zeolite with a mint powder and Xylitol… grind them together in a mortar and pestle and use a small amount… works well as a tooth powder…

      • Thanks Stavros, I’ll definitely look into it because I was reading the ingrediants of the brushing blend & it’s made from essential oils that are readily available. So, I figured I could mix my own but I don’t know the ratios. Perhaps I can mix the ingredients you mentioned with the oils? Or is the xyiltol blend better on its own?
        Again, thanks for the info.

        • Yo Brian, if you grind them together they’ll make a tooth powder but if you want a paste I guess you could mix them with the oils… it’d certainly have no detrimental effect on any ingredients… maybe leave out the mint powder and add a mint oil instead… I’d use equal parts xylitol and Diatomaceous Earth or to taste…

          Let me know how you go Brian… good thing is you can’t really make any mistakes as it’s your blend.

          • diatomaceous earth? Is there a food grade? or just what you get at the garden center?

  11. I have pulled in the past with sesame oil.My teeth LOVED it. They were very smooth and I began to loose the sensitivity to hot/cold foods.My dark gums began to turn pink.If u start immediately after waking,and have more than 20 min to be out the door you can do this.Plus you can work your way up to 20 min if thats too much to start.

  12. Would like to try oil pulling but have mercury fillings. Am wondering if it’s safe?

    • Hey Michelle,

      I would think this is pretty safe for folks with mercury based fillings. Mercury is only released with repeated chewing as it was in the sheep that were used in a study several years back. Humans don’t chew like that and we don’t grow a new set of teeth when the old ones wear out, so the mercury content in our mouths is pretty low…although I sure wish we did….

      Hope this helps allay some of your concerns about the mercury fillings.


      • My dad, while in his 80s, had teeth coming in. Someone I worked with had a a grandfather who got a new set of teeth. I guess we just have to wait awhile!

  13. Hey! I have been lurking for awhile and slowly making some changes. Oil pulling sounds great, but I do have braces. Do you think that could be a problem? Thanks so much for any info you can give me.

    • I have never heard of it being a problem with braces, and I’ve heard several natural dentists recommend it as a good way to keep them clean…

  14. I have veneers, is this safe to do?? Will it harm the veneer in any way? I’m very interested in trying it!

    • Everything I’ve seen indicates that it is safe for veneers…

  15. Can you oil pull after you eat or should it be done before?

      • See… I never understood this…I always brush my teeth after eating breakfast, so I have been oil pulling (today was the first day in a few weeks that I did it though) either after breakfast or before bedtime. Does it really make a difference? I would rather pull after I eat and then brush my teeth so I don’t have that yukky taste while I eat breakfast lol:)

        • The idea is that when done on an empty stomach, it pulls the plaque and bacteria from the teeth rather than just the remnants of food.

  16. So, I completed my first day of oil pulling! The worst part was the coconut oil going in. After that, it was a breeze. I am hoping to notice some positive effects.

  17. Would using just the coconut oil be as effective?

  18. I have a question…is the now solutions coconut oil good to use for everything or should I be getting it from the food aisle?

  19. Can it loosen teeth? I tried it a few years ago and stopped because of this concern? 🙂

    • I have never heard of this happening or had it happen to me…

  20. Hi Wellnessmama,
    Thank you for this post.
    I started oil pulling a few weeks ago.

    For the first few days, it seems liked forever but now 20 minutes whoosh by me, in between making breakfast and getting li’l uns ready for school.
    Also, when I started, i noticed mucus drainage. Imagine my surprise. It has subsided now.
    Now I just gargle with warm water when I’m done and brush with your homemade toothpaste [awesome!!].
    My tooth sensitivity isn’t as bad as it used to be before I started, yay! I can’t wait for it to be totally gone.
    Oil pulling is the way to go…..

    • I agree… when after a few times, when swishing, time is wooshing… LOL. Good one.

  21. Not yet… but I’m going to… I have YL Thieves oil on hand, I’ll try a drop or 2 of that in a teaspoonful of organic food oil of some kind… I’ve been suffering from the sinus infection from hell since December, and thinking this might help…

    • I just started pulling…I am using olive oil (cold Pressed) don’t like the taste and will look for coconut oil but anyway this is only my first week and already my post nasal drip has improved. I think it will be great on the sinuses. It seems to moisten my naval cavity. Also I noticed that I don’t have dry mouth at night anymore.
      I have to say even after 20 minutes the olive oil I spit out is not really white nor thick…in fact it is not as thick as when I start pulling.

      • I think that white colored thing only applies to those using coconut oil.

  22. Oh my goodness, I just started doing this two days ago. I’m absolutely convinced I can see an difference in my teeth already. I’m using coconut oil. Just spoon it out and it soon disolves in the mouth. Since I like coconut there is no problem with the taste.

  23. I have yet to swish for a full 20 minutes — after about 5 minutes mucus starts coming up from my congested lungs and I have to spit everything out.

    • Thats a good sign though… it will probably keep getting better…

  24. Thanks for this info, love your blog! I have recently started oil pulling with sesame oil and I am very happy with the results I’ve gotten so far. I experienced the detox affects and was dehydrated the first two times I did it, but haven’t experienced that since. My teeth were noticeably whiter after the first use, and continue to become whiter after each additional use. I have noticed that I am having much less trouble with my seasonal allergies since I started oil pulling, and hope to see other positive affects as I continue. Thank you!!!

    • Awesome! So glad its working so well for you!

    • I may be late in this conversation, but I have a concern. I just tried oil pulling for the first time today, and I started reading these comments. I saw this one that said that you experienced dehydration. What exactly would that mean? Were you just very thirsty, or did you experience severe dehydration? The inside of my mouth feels dry and I’m feeling shaky, but I am not sure if this is because I am anxious about these symptoms or because of the oil pulling. Please help ease my concern, as my anxiety gets the best of me sometimes and I just want some reassurance. Thanks!
      Btw, my family and I will be on a road trip later today, and I don’t want to be drinking excessive fluids so that we don’t stop too much on the road. I am just concerned for my safety. Thanks again!

  25. Hi, I’m a huge fan of your blog and love your DIY ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! Currently, I’m interested in your article about natural ways to prevent cavities (or even reverse them). I’d like to know approximately how much Vitamin D should I take? I’m ordering some fermented cod liver oil and have just begun oil pulling using Nutiva coconut oil. Thanks so much!!!

    • When I was fixing my cavity, I think I was taking about 2 teaspoons per day…

  26. where do you get your coconut oil i am having a hard time finding it except for online sites

    • My Kroger sells it in the organic & natural isles (or just all natural as opposed to organic they also sell in the regular oil aisle) but I would think that you could get it at Whole Foods and maybe Trader Joes as well. I’m not sure as far as other places but you can always check with those places.

      • Trader Joe’s does have organic virgin coconut oil – at least at my local, relatively small one. Can’t remember the price, but it’s very good compared to other stores. I understand that organic virgin coconut oil is far superior to regular coconut oil.

    • I bought a jar today in the “natural” section at Hy-Vee. $9.99 for organic, unrefined. Check that section of your supermarket with the baking products.

    • You can also purchase it at Sam’s Club or COSTCO – although they are in big containers. I use the coconut oil for cooking too and it doesn’t have to be refrigerated. I think it cost me about $21 for a 2Qt container.

  27. Katie, why is it recommended to do this before eating? I have found it nice to do after eating as it really helps to clean out the mouth. any thoughts?

    • It is fine after eating too, but I think the theory is that first thing in the morning or before eating, there is the most buildup of plaque, etc to be removed and the oil won’t just be pulling food off the teeth..

  28. After reading your article and doing further research, I decided to try this. However, after about 2 month now of using the suggested extra virgin coconut oil, I liked that I felt like I had more energy every day, but every day they feel gritty immediately after oil pulling and it seems as though now I’m watching them get more and more yellow, to the point that I’m considering reusing Whitestrips to get them back to white. Am I doing something wrong? I usually have a cup of tea in the morning sometime afterwards, are my teeth susceptible to absorbing this after ?? minutes? Just kinda disappointed. Thanks :/

    • Tea stains teeth. Try brushing your teeth after drinking tea.

  29. I recently had 2 molars filled, because I didn’t want the expense and agony of having root canals, which my dentist suggested. A month later I started having pain and swelling so reluctantly I tried oil pulling with coconut oil and I immediately noticed great results. I am oiling pulling 3xdaily and rinsing with baking soda. After 4 days the swelling is much improved and my gums and teeth feel really good. I am making an appointment to see my dentist – hopefully for just a cleaning.

    • I’ve had a couple abscessed teeth/gums but always rely on my trusted Bentonite Clay. Just add a little water to the powder to make a ball and place it over the abscess over night. Next day, the swelling, tenderness, and pain are gone. My brother does the same thing. Clay pulls out all the toxins. It’s saved us a lot of dentist visits.
      I just tried the oil pulling with Sesame oil this evening… feels good! Will keep at it a while to see what my results are. 🙂

  30. People seem to think that twenty minutes is way too long and is unbearable to do while getting ready in the morning, however its extremely convenient to put a tablespoon in your mouth right before you shower and simply swish it around while your cleaning your body. Dry off, put clothes on then spit it out and brush your teeth. Or, just do whatever you do in the morning to get ready while you’re more than likely not needing to talk for twenty minutes anyways. Plus its relaxing and the after feeling is better than any dentist visit you have ever had!!

    • YES! I completely agree, John. I thought for a while that it would be impossible to add an extra 20 minute routine into my day (which, I’m actually working up to), but I just do it in the shower for ten minutes in the morning and it’s not so bad.

  31. just tried this and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be…glad I had a Magna Doodle to communicate with with my dd when she asked me something! 😉

  32. Is it safe to do oil pulling with dental implants? I have 2 and I would like to try this. Maybe it might even help clean my implants?

  33. I just started this… read on some other site sunflower was the best oil. It was very neutral, the other oils listed could put one off. The site I first read about this said 15 minutes. I set a timer for 15 minutes, and noticed a change in viscosity after 6 minutes… after another 6 minutes I noticed another change in the liquid and I knew it was time to spit it out. So I’m going to go with what is happening in my mouth. I suspect that some days it will be more time, and some days it will less time. First thing I noticed is I’m breathing better through my nose… I hadn’t even realized I was a bit stuffy!

  34. I didn’t think I could keep the oil in my mouth for the whole 20 minutes, but gave it a try this morning for the first time. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. My mouth didn’t feel this clean after a dental cleaning last week! Have to admit, the coconut oil was a little gross at first. Once it melted the 20 minutes just flew by while I cleaned up the breakfast dishes and fed the pup. Ordered some brushing blend too. Can’t wait to get it. thanks a bunch!

  35. Has anyone tried doing this starting out with less time and working up to the 20 minutes? I’m thinking it might be easier to work up to the 20 gradually and maybe have less chance of detox side effects.

    • Yes. I started much more slowly because I found I got so foamy after 5 minutes it was hard to keep it in my mouth. Now, I’m at about 10 minutes in my morning shower/routine and I use slightly less than when I started out. I think working up to 20 minutes is totally fine.

  36. I just about hurled putting solid coconut oil in my mouth and had to spit it out immediately 🙁
    Olive oil was ok but it will take awhile to get up to 20min. I wonder if there is any benefit if done only for 5min?

  37. Anyone else have difficulty in not swallowing. As I swish, the urge to swallow is so strong and I find I have to do it. I try not to take oil in down the throat, but I know a little gets by swallowing reflex.

    • I was wondering about this, too, Karen. I HAVE to swallow and am praying that I didn’t swallow any of the oil down.

  38. I am from India and this is the traditional grandma stuff that probably people think as pseudo-science. But these have been tried and tested for thousands of years and work wonders to be honest. There are mentions of the practice even in ancient indian texts which are thousands of years old. Actually, no one does this everyday. This is a detox routine that is usually accompanied by a detox diet. People in olden days and even today in villages do this once every week or two. Kids dont get their morning breakfast if you dont do this! May be you can try this way instead of daily.

    • This is good to know! I’m fascinated by what other cultures have done for thousands of years, and insight as to how the details of what they have discovered is so helpful. Thank you for sharing!

  39. My husband just had to get braces for an upcoming surgery. Is this ok for him to do with braces?

    • It’s been months now, but can you tell us if your husband oil pulled with braces? I think oil wouldn’t hurt the braces themselves, but I wonder if it would weaken the integrity of any glue used to hold the braces in place. What were his results?

  40. Can you brush your teeth before oil pulling? And also, how come you eat after oil pulling, wont that just be putting more bacteria in your mouth?

    • An earlier post by Wellness Mama says the research she has done indicates that it is but she does suggest doing your own research & testing too.

    • You do it in the morning mostly b/c your body has accumulated toxins in your mouth and blood while sleeping that are prime targets to be released. Evidence of this is how your mouth tastes and feels (and smells) in the morning compared to other times of the day when your salivary glands are more active. Some health experts suggest drinking a giant glass of water first thing in the morning to flush out toxins through your kidneys. Other methods of handling morning toxins say brush your teeth vigorously before swallowing, THEN drink a giant glass of water. Oil pulling first thing allows all those toxins to come directly out, as well as supposedly it draws some toxins out of your bloodstream through your skin in your mouth. I like to think that all of these toxins are trying to get out while you sleep, so they crawl up your bloodstream close to your mouth, trying to escape, and then I help them flush out with oil pulling. I have no idea if the science backs that up, but that’s my picture I use. 🙂
      With that logic, it’s best to flush out the old toxins before eating and re-introducing them into your digestive system. Whether or not the new food comes with new toxins, it’s overall better to get rid of the old toxins first.
      I think overall oral health -especially teeth whitening effects- is improved when done any time of day. So if that’s your only goal, it’s still better to do it at some point even if you miss the morning ideal time. Although it’s hard to measure toxin removal benefits, it WORKS for teeth whitening!! Evidence you can SEE!!! Hope that helps!

  41. I’ve been using it faithfully for about 3 weeks. I like it. getting used to 20 minutes is a challenge, but, you learn to work around it. I do it while I am in the tub. I also rinse with warm water afterwards and then brush. My teeth feel much cleaner than if I brushed alone. I also have noticed softer lips!

  42. Am I doing this wrong? My jaw muscles are sore afterward. I’m not swishing particularly vigorously, but I find that swishing for 20 minutes makes my jaw tired.

    • I have terrible tmj pain and muscle pain in my cheeks and tongue. I still can’t swish the whole 20 minutes, but I figure that just having it in my mouth for that long should be doing something too. I kind of swish and rest, or gently work it with my tongue.

      • I have TMJ and I do the same thing! Swish and hold, swish and hold….makes it so much easier and my cheeks aren’t sore after.

        • And “swish” isn’t really the word I would use either. It’s more like I move it around my mouth and over and in-between my teeth, if that makes any sense. I know i’m not explaining it right…

    • I might say to work up to it, actually. I’ve heard that from people before and I, myself, try to do about 10 minutes in the shower in the morning and I’m still seeing great results on my gums.

    • I’ve seen a lot of comments on here about not being able to “swish” for 20 minutes and asking about muscle pain. It’s called oil “pulling” – not swishing. You don’t swish it around as vigorously as you would a mouthwash. It’s more of moving it around it your mouth/trying to push and pull it from behind your teeth to in front of your teeth if that makes sense. 🙂

  43. I am breastfeeding and want to try this as I have always had some issues with my teeth. Any suggestions?

    • I also could not imagine 20 minutes at a time. My jaw muscles are too weak for that. I use chlorhexidine based mouthwash recommended by my dentist. It does stain teeth. But no sting like normal mouth wash. And takes out all the red or at least half immediately.

  44. The original oil pulling site http://www.oilpulling.com says only use sesame seed or sunflower seed oil. Some other sites say coconut oil is acceptable. I have never seen olive oil listed an option anywhere else. I have done it with any of the first 3, and it is really easy for me to swish the oil for 20 minutes while watching TV, surfing the net, etc.

  45. I just read about oil pulling this morning while I was looking for at-home, natural, teeth whitening procedures. I only had extra virgin olive oil available, so I used that for 20 minutes exactly (slightly excruciating the first time) 🙂 I’m going to keep doing this, to see if it will help whiten my teeth (no change after this first time), but my one question/concern is: when I spit the oil out, it was the same yellow (not white, as described it would be)…is this normal with the olive oil, or should it still turn white?? A minor detail, I know, but just wanted to check with others…Thanks!

    • I used olive oil and it turned white after a very short time, but she said thats toxins and other junk, if you detox regularly or just keep a healthy diet and take good care of your teeth yoj may just not need it for the health reasons, but could simply use it for teeth whitening.

  46. I’m going to try this. Hopefully I can do 20 minutes, since I have to breathe through my mouth most of the time, it may be really hard to pull it off. Thanks for sharing this. I hadn’t heard about oil pulling for teeth yet. I do it for my skin and it’s amazing how much my skin has changed over the past year!

  47. I have done oil pulling with sunflower, sesame and coconut oil at different times. Currently using cold pressed organic coconut oil, because that is what’s available. I have no trouble doing 20 mins with a tablespoon of any of those oils. Just do it while surfing the net or watching TV. They say that when you spit the oil, it should have turned white. This happened the first 2-3 times. Now, when I spit the oil out it is still perfectly clear. What does this mean, if anything?

  48. Seed oils in general aren’t very good for you (inflammatory response in the gut, etc) so I can only imagine coconut oil would be a better choice than the other two. Just my 2 cents. I’m starting this tomorrow with coconut oil.

  49. In this fast paced lifestyle we live nowadays we get inpatient with things that take a but miner and can make a huge difference in or life. You will be surprised quickly the 20 of swishing passes by when you are busy doing sonething else in the morning; getting dressed,throwing out the trash, dining tire hair, making the bed, fixing breakfast etc. Try it. It is 20 minutes that will make a difference in your health.

  50. Anyone have any reason to suspect this would be dangerous for an older child (thinking down the road after my daughter’s permanent teeth come in). She has 22q Deletion (Digeorge Syndrome) and serious heart defects that require her to be on antibiotics (dun dun duuuun) when she gets a cleaning. Due to her syndrome she has HORRIBLE teeth. Talking 7 caps and several extractions by age 4. A few past oral surgeries. Future oral surgeries etc.

    Bottom line, can you help me figure out if this is safe if you are at an increased risk of infective endocarditis? Do you think other alternative methods (activated charcoal maybe?) would be safer and beneficial for depleting the bacteria in her mouth?

    Thank you. I’m at my wits end worrying over her oral and heart health!!!

  51. Love your site. Thank you for sharing wonders. I tell all my friends about your site. Aloha.

  52. Dear Wellness Mama! I’ve been doing oil pulling for a few months now, both to improve my oral health and my overall detox. BUT: I’ve recently noticed a lot of dark stains at the edges of my teeth. It seems as if my enamel has gotten much softer and sensitive (or gone completely), and I am afraid if this has actually been caused by the oil pulling?! Do you have any experience with that? Thanks for a fantastic blog!!

  53. I’m on day 3 and I swish while in the shower…after the first couple seconds of acknowledging you have oil in your mouth, it’s no worry!

  54. This process DOES work. A troubling gum pocket (inside-upper-rear) VANISHED by my next appointment 6 months later. My hygienist and dentist continue to remark how healthy my gums and teeth are. I’ll stay the course!

  55. I started Oil Pulling a week ago and i noticed that my teeth are whiter and it does help with bad breath. The start of Oil Pulling for 20 mins makes me gag on it but eventually it seems like no biggie. The moment i open my eyes in the morning, i will take 1 tablespoon (*2 teaspoon is too little for me to swish) of Coconut Oil and start swishing while i bath, get dressed and prepare my morning breakfast and then i will wash it out and brush my teeth before i eat. I feel like my whole mouth is cleaned before i even brush my teeth. While i am doing all those things, it didnt click my mind that 20 mins has passed. Will continue to oil pull and start introducing this old-school method to my parents who have cavities.

  56. I am trying this for the first time right now. I only did about half the amount and honestly there is so much liquid in my mouth from the build up it’s quite gross. But it does not feel like I just put oil in my mouth. Nothing like I thought it would be. I can taste the ickiness (sp?) of whatever it’s drawing out. Very strange. I will continue to do this for the next few days and see what the outcome is 🙂

    • Just finished. I went the whole 20 minutes. I too at first thought “20 minutes???” but it was not that long.

  57. I have 100% Avocado oil. Can this be used in lieu of coconut oil?

  58. I read online about curing cavities holistically, oddly enough i found i have a tiny cavity just starting to set in. it hasn’t passed the dentine layer yet so i think i can cure it. Ive been brushing with neem and pomegranate organic toothpaste and using cod liver oil and probiotics everyday. Im going to start this too! thanks for the post!

  59. I would just like to say that I am LOVING oil pulling and STRONGLY
    recommend it to anyone worried about their oral health. I started about a
    month and a half ago and did it very consistently (once a day, in the
    morning) for a few weeks. I had very bad tartar build-up on the back of
    my lower front teeth and most of it is GONE!! It just fell off! This is
    stuff dentists tell you can “only be removed by a dentist!!” I fell off
    of the oil pulling band wagon for a few weeks after finding out I was
    pregnant (it was making me nauseous to think about the oil in my mouth)
    but I picked it up again this week full force! I am now doing it twice a
    day (morning and night). I noticed last night that in two of my upper
    back molars I have decay (or cavities) near the gum line on the back of
    the tooth, obviously hard to spot unless you are searching. I made some
    of your tooth remineralizing toothpaste and those areas already feel
    smoother! Just from brushing with it about three times! I am anxious to
    see if I am able to heal this decay on my own. I would rather avoid a
    Side note about oil pulling: It made my teeth hurt for a
    couple days when I first started. Not pain, just a dull ache. I read
    another ladies testimony on a different site and she said her dentist
    (who had initially told her about oil pulling) told her that the pain
    meant it was working. It is a detox sensation, I assume. No pain, no
    gain I suppose!
    Quick question: is it okay to take Cod Liver Oil
    capsules while pregnant? I will definitely ask my doctor, but I just
    wanted another opinion.

  60. Will you please tell me how your brushing blend is used? I only could find the Healthy Mouth oil on the link you gave for the brushing blend you use. is that the same thing? Thanks!

  61. I had to add my tuppence worth here. 2 years ago I was in such a bad way with my back, I could barely get out of my car or lift my baby son.According to drs it was damage to facet joints in my spine due to falls when I was pregnant. Because of this the weight crept up and I was more or less disabled. Idecided enough was enough, things had to change so I began to eat healthy and started pilates. Slow progress but my back was my major problem still. It wasnt until I began oil pulling and eating coconut oil that things really began to change for me. Within about 4-6 weeks of oil pulling every morning my pain was GONE – 3 years of constant pain swept away. Now this is the clincher for me- over Xmas and New Year my diet has slipped alot, the processed foods crept back in a bit and I havnt oil pulled. My back is now painful again…so im back on the oil pulling day 2 and im certain that my back pain will begin to subside again.

  62. I have been oil pulling for about 6 days now and after the second day I was experiencing a ton of mucus. I saw it as a good thing, I am still experiencing it only not as much. I have noticed that after 20 mins now, what I need to spit is not as thick or creamy white as it was in the beginning. I have also noticed how much cleaner my mouth feels and just a better sense of well being in general. My skin appears to be better as well. I’ve been using grape seed oil, with a few drops of peppermint oil because that is all I had at the time, now I am using coconut oil. I use grape seed oil on my skin every morning after washing it as a moisturizer too. I will be making my own brushing blend soon.

  63. I’m confused about swishing with coconut oil. The organic coconut oil is in solid form, so how do you swish with it?? Can you tell us what brand you specifically use?

    • The oil melts really fast. It will be liquid by the time you start swishing.

  64. Can this be used as an effective pain reliever to wisdom teeth issues? I’m 24, and haven’t had any issues with the three teeth that have already popped their heads out. But this last one, has my left cheek swollen to the max. (My dentist set me up with Antibiotics for the swelling) I’ve got a apt set up in two days (The earliest they could get me in). For the time being, i’m taking Tylonal and rinsing with salt water every 30 minutes. I know my local grocerie store has solid coconut oil, I was just curious if this could be used as duller of pain. Due to the detoxing of the oil, and reading everyone’s results, it got me curious.

    Any help is wonderful!

    • I’m not sure, but since the oils are completely edible, it wouldn’t hurt to try!

      • The coconut oil melts really fast. It will be liquid by the time you get it in your mouth good

      • Hi, Katie

        I don’t see my questions which I posted in the last 2 days. Not sure if they are in the ‘black spam hole”, but I wanted to know if oil pulling would work on scalp sebacious cysts. Thanks. Lisa

        • I’m not sure since I don’t have any experience with this, but let me know if you try it

  65. Will it work with Crisco? I don’t have any coconut oil.

    • No! Please don’t put crisco in your mouth. Cold pressed sesame or olive oil will work though.

  66. oil PULLING?? Has no one else realized that nothing is being “pulled”? This seems like a classic case of “the emperor wears no clothes,” and no one wants to say so. Do we have to massacre the English language while getting healthier? You literally can’t “pull” oil, so let’s stop using this absurd phrase. In the many comments I read, the verb “swishing” is often used. Can’t we all agree to change the way we describe this technique as “OIL SWISHING” instead of pulling? I’m all for this oil swishing and other alternative methods of keeping healthy. I’m totally serious. “Pulling oil” sounds completely goofy and ridiculous!! Maybe you should sit down and read the dictionary while doing the 20 minute swishing. Thank you and happy ‘swishing’!!!

    • I believe it is called that because it is said to “pull” toxins and bacteria from the mouth.

    • It could also refer to pulling the oil between your teeth… It is absolutely possible to pull oil, just look at hydraulics!

  67. I started oil pulling a month back. My teeth felt so much whiter, shinier. I over all felt nice. However, I noticed that after 2 weeks of oil pulling, I started having breakout of acne on my back and chin. I guess I am detoxfying. Did anyone experience something similar. How long will it take for these acne to subside?

    • To wash out the Oil from my mouth after Oil pulling I use milk thats full cream milk, I use to do Electric Arc Welding in my work and the firm use to supply a pint of milk to their welders at the end of each days work, this was to wash out the electrode flux dust out of one’s body.
      Water only sits on the oil in the mouth and you got to get it out, I wash the milk around my mouth and then spit it down the toilet, have never had acne problems, they say my skin looks great.

  68. How bout adding a touch of neem powder. Neem plant is huge in Ayurvedic medicine. I’ve heard that neem based dental products are unrivaled.

  69. Hi, everyone! Thanks for the really helpful comments. I just tried oil pulling with coconut oil for the first time, and I couldn’t keep it in my mouth for more than 3 minutes. It’s not because I wanted to gag, but there was so much saliva in my mouth that I couldn’t hold it in. Has anyone experienced this? Am I swishing too aggressively and creating too much saliva? I feel silly asking this since so many of you have done it successfully. Also, do you not swallow any bit of it for 20 minutes? With the increasing saliva, I couldn’t helping swallowing tiny amounts of liquid. Thanks!!

    • That can happen while you adjust and it could be your body creating saliva as the oil cleanses your mouth. Just keep working up the time…

    • I experienced the same issue with too much saliva, I eventually had to spit out a little in order to continue with my 20 minutes. I also had an issue with my jaw getting too tired, so I had to stop and start swishing several times. ( I do have TMJ issues.)

  70. Hi
    Great post, very popular! I just tried oil pulling for the first time. Was fine. I am wondering about my morning ritual of lemon water too tho and how that will work. I’m thinking oil pull, brush then Lon water? I was told by a dentist you should wait 30min after drinking or eating to brush. Or wait 30min after brushing to eat?? So much information online! When I’m back at work it’s going to be hard to get a routine !!!??? Anyone else oil pull and do lemon water?

  71. thank you everyone for your advice. I will be trying it today, hopefully I will have good results, there is nothing to loose and lots to gain…….have a great day everyone..Chao

  72. A question: On your page titled, “How to Reverse Tooth Decay and Avoid Braces,” you tell us to minimize phytic acid in our diets to minimize tooth decay, but on this page you tell us to swish it in our mouths for 20 minutes. Since Sesame is listed at the top of your list of phytic acid foods to “minimize” this is a bit confusing. Wouldn’t this be defeating our purpose? I know you recommend not to swallow the “pulled oil,” but when holding anything in your mouth for that long, some of it is bound to be absorbed. Also, can you explain why the “oil pulling” works? Or recommend a site that explains it? I’d like to know what the science behind it is.
    Thank you.

    • The phytic acid isn’t present in the oil, but is present in the other parts of sesame seed.

  73. I have been using the Oil Pulling treatment for about five years now to treat asthma, I have had false teeth for eleven years so teeth was not my concern.
    I have had Asthma since birth so I have got to know a bit about it, and over the last 68 years, I have taken quite a few different drugs to treat it including Prednisone.
    As I said I started Oil Pulling five years ago and it took about three months before my Asthma started slowly to go away and I was able to reduce the use of Ventolin.
    I do not take Ventolin at all now, I still do take two puffs of Seretide inhaler 125/25 once a day and two puffs of nostril spray Fluticasone but nothing else.
    I go to my Doctor every three months and they say my breathing and Lungs are very clear indeed and I feel great.
    Three years ago I went into Hospital for a operation and they said my breathing was equal to a 27 year old man and I was in excellent shape for my operation.
    I was introduced to a inhaler in 1954 for treatment of my Asthma, I was involved in a Asthma research program for around eight years at the Dunedin Hospital in NZ.
    This involved the testing of a number of different Asthma treatment drugs, this research was I believed funded by the drug suppliers.
    I attend the Balclutha Health Centre for my three month check ups and I can have a different Doctor each time I go and they all remark on how clear and good my breathing is, when I tell them that I’m been using the Oil Pulling for my Asthma Treatment they say nothing.
    I just use Sunflower Oil which I purchase from the Supermarket, I put a tablespoon full in my mouth and have it in there for 20 minutes before eating anything in the morning.
    Just please remember the drug firms are not interseted in selling Sunflower Oil.

  74. Which type of coconut oil is best? Oil for cooking or health and beauty?

  75. Alot of the benefits of oil pulling that you list are also things you list as benefits of brushing with activated charcoal. I don’t see anywhere where you list oil pulling as part of your daily oral regime. Do you not do it anymore and do the AC instead or do you go back and forth between them or sometimes do both or what?


    • I do oil pulling in the morning and activated charcoal at night. NEed to go back and update that post 🙂

      • Is oil pulling safe while nursing?

  76. Hi. I would like to start this. Is it counter-productive if I gargle with diluted ACV after it? Or it has not counter-effect whatsoever?

      • Seems like cool info here but what is ACV? Thanks

  77. I use coconut and sesame oil in a 50/50 blend in about a half of a shot glass/;-)

    Love this habit and all it’s glorious benefits…..just do at least 20 min a day anytime

  78. Just tried it for the first time and made it the whole 20 minutes–yay! However, I’m a college student and I can’t really justify coconut oil right now, so I’ll use the olive oil I always have. Aside from it possibly not having natural antibacterial properties, what about it (or any other oil) would make it so much less effective?

  79. Hi there! Thanks for your posts about oil pulling and homemade remineralizing toothpaste. I’ve noticed that you use something called “Brushing Blend.” When I click through the link, there is no product by that name. Did Orawellness discontinue this product or does it go by another name? Thanks for your answer! Also, our local food co-op just published some news about “extra virgin” versus “virgin” coconut oil. Thought I would share: http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/sc/1402/editor.html

    • It might be called the “Healthy Mouth Blend” now… it is their regular brushing product

      • i just started oil pulling about two weeks ago.my mouth seem much cleaner + my teeth seem much whiter.i have a bad gum problem how long does it takes to notice improved gum conditions.i am using sesame seed oil………..

      • Thank you Katie! I am hoping to have a toothpaste making party soon. I’ll post about my results.

  80. I’m sorry, I just simply cannot do this. For some reason, it makes me want to vomit. There must be an easier way.

    • Same I felt really nauseous afterwards! It’s not making me want to do it again!

  81. Why is it best done in the morning? Is this before or after breakfast? If you’re doing it and then brushing your teeth before breakfast then your mouth will get dirty again eating breakfast. Wouldn’t it be better for to do it after breakfast? Then your mouth will be clean all the way up until lunch.

    • Whoops, never mind. I read the other comments. I’ve got invisalign braces right now so I have to brush my teeth after every meal. So it’s a major inconvenience to do it before eating. Unless I do the oil pulling, rinsed my mouth, ate breakfast, and then brushed my teeth.

  82. Hello

    I did my first oil pull this morning. I used organic coconut oil. The solid oil was kind of weird and “bulky” in my mouth. Took a bit to melt, but when it did, I had no problem doing 20 minutes. The person who posted a comment about occupying your time with things to do to pass the time, was spot on. Tristin asked the question about why you do it in the morning. To me, it would make more sense to do it at night before you go to bed. Then you are “cleaning” everything you put in your mouth throughout the day. When you rinse, brush, and go to bed, you have at least 6-8 hours before eating or drinking anything. Seems to me, that would benefit you more. Can you please explain? Thank you for your help.

  83. I have had a persistent cough (possibly related to my lymphoma) that normal pharmaceutical treatments for sinus etc infections did not help at all. I read about oil pulling and thought why not…. used coconut oil and on the first day went from coughing all day to just a half dozen times. After two weeks I have no more cough. Relief after a year and a half! Coincidence? Perhaps but I will stick with it and after talking to the nurse at the Wilmot Cancer Center here in Rochester this morning I plan to start blending coconut oil, butter and hot coffee in the morning as she said she has felt more energy and better general health after she has been doing that every morning.

    • Bruce, my daughter had a chronic cough that would not go away. It would get consistently worse until she was actually throwing up at night. The DRs would just prescribe an antibiotic and push us out the door, which would work, but they couldn’t explain why. I switched doctors and finally found one that figured out the cough was caused by sinus infections she would consistently get. The sinus infections were caused by ENLARGED ADENOIDS. She had those removed as well as her tonsils and the infections and subsequent cough have never come back. Just a thought you may want to look into. Of course, if the pulling is working spare yourself the traumatizing surgery!

  84. 2 questions:

    1. Has anyone tried liquid coconut oil rather than solid (Nature’s Way)?

    2. I don’t function in the morning til I have had my coffee (yes, a bad habit, my one vice besides dark chocolate). Is it ok to do this mid-morning? I know it is recommended to do it first thing in the morning but I would think anytime is better than no time.


  85. An interesting concept with ancient roots. I’m wondering, though, where the 20 minute recommendation originated. I found an article in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine from 2011 that states, “A comfortable amount of fluid is retained with the mouth closed for about 3 minutes, and then gargled. It is a simple rejuvenating treatment, which, when done routinely, enhances the senses, maintains clarity, brings about a feeling of freshness, and invigorates the mind … can also benefit bad breath, dry face, dull senses, exhaustion, anorexia, loss of taste, impaired vision, sore throat, and all kapha related imbalances.” A shorter time period of swishing with the same benefits? I’m game!

  86. I’ve read that it’s best to use unrefined coconut oil. My container only says that it’s organic..extra virgin. Would this be okay to use?

  87. It’s a bit frustrating seeing people over & over recommend CCO for oil pulling. It’s important to know that CCO can strip your mouth of health flora as well as the bad stuff & that oil pulling is not just for bright whites. Oil pulling is an ancient tradition using specific oils for very specific reasons. CCO is not recommended. It can cause serious mouth problems including bleeding & receding gums & teeth sensitivity.

  88. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic tradition and that tradition says to use sesame seed oil or sunflower seed oil, but preferrably sesame seed. Its been done that way with amazing benefits for thousands of years.

    Coconut oil is not a recommended oil for oil pulling. Many who have used it have had issues with it like bleeding gums, receding gums getting worse, and tooth sensitivity. The thought is that because coconut oil is antibacterial it kills all the bacteria in the mouth, even the beneficial flora, causing the teeth and gum to become sensitive and to recede. We need the beneficial flora in our mouths.

    Oil pulling is a method of detoxification. It is not simply a mouth cleansing or teeth whitening treatment. Though many seem to think so and use it for such. It literally is to pull toxins and metals out of the mouth, gums, teeth, and salivary glands to aid in detoxification of the body. Therefore you do not want to swallow the oil that is in your mouth.

    If you have amalgam fillings it is NOT safe for you to do oil pulling, it will pull more mercury out of your fillings and into your blood stream, not a good thing. You would need to have amalgam fillings removed before beginning oil pulling.


    They have free e-books on this website! (or did at one time at least)


    • Crystal Morris, I am looking for information to support your claim that oil pulling when one has amalgam fillings would cause metals to be absorbed into the blood stream. Can you give me some links to support your opinion? Thanks so much!

      • I would like that information as well. As she says, “It literally is to pull toxins and metals OUT of the mouth, gums, teeth, and salivary glands to aid in detoxification of the body”, it seems to be a good thing to oil pull if you have amalgam fillings. How does oil pulling cause the mercury in amalgam fillings to get into your blood stream? I have amalgam fillings and that is one reason I was drawn to the oil pulling.

        • I would like more info on the amalgam fillings as well.

  89. I just tried oil pulling for the first time with extra virgin organic coconut oil. First of all, let me just say, I grew up with what I now realize was probably pretty poor quality, overly-processed/heated coconut oil, but we never used it for eating. It was always as a hair nourishing oil, but I always remember that horrible, old, rancid coconut smell. The organic, extra-virgin was like….WOAH! Delicious smelling and tasting like chocolate macaroon yummy! (And then of course during pulling it gets gross as it pulls all the yuckies from your system!). Here’s my question….I was only able to do it for barely two minutes. I found the oil very quickly thickened and the amount I was dealing with became overwhelming very quickly. I don’t know if this is because I am dealing with an infection in my mouth that would have caused more toxins than normal to be pulled or if I just need to use less oil to allow for the saliva that is produced and adds to the volume of liquid in the mouth after a while. Any more experienced pullers that can share their insights?

  90. I started doing Oil Pulling 2 days ago, and have noticed a much whiter smile. I must warn you if you have a gag reflex like myself, you may want to let the Coconut Oil melt first, as I gagged the first time with the texture. 20 minutes is a long time, but flies by when you do it while your getting dressed and ready for work, or just to snooze your alarm and lay back down for 20 minutes.

    I have had a mild headache since doing so, but I’m hoping that will pass as the days go on. I’ve been using Lavender, Peppermint, and Almond Oil to help relieve the headache, and its working well.

  91. Well I tried it and even though I thought I wouldn’t like it for several reasons I am surprised at how comfortable it really was and am already feeling effects.
    I hate that feeling that you get when you put something greasy in your mouth especially if it is cold. I call it Bologna mouth and I avoid it at all cost. I was very surprised that I didn’t feel that feeling at all. In fact when I spit the oil out my mouth actually feels clean.
    I am not a huge fan of coconut. I avoid macaroons and the thought of putting straight coconut anything was not attractive, but when I used the coconut oil for pulling it didn’t taste much at all. There is a mild taste but it isn’t that usual heavy coconut taste that I don’t like.
    My mouth feels amazing!! I have some really serious dental issues and I decided it was worth it no matter what. My whole mouth feels different. My teeth feel smooth like they just got cleaned at the dentist and the spaces between them are clear for the first time in a while. (I usually cannot floss because the floss just breaks my teeth are so tight) I could actually swish between my teeth by the end of the 20 min. I have a couple of huge uncared for cavities and they even seem cleaner than I get them when I brush.
    I am sold! This will be a daily thing and I am looking forward to the changes that I know will come from it. Thanks so much for the info!!

  92. Thank you for all of your posts and instructions on your blog. Every time I hear something new about natural care, I know I can come here to learn how to do it! Over the past month I’ve completely changed my diet (being vegetarian before didn’t mean I was actually eating well lol), took the chemicals out of what I put on my body and in my body, and was able to stop wearing so much make up. I have/had very bad acne & scars (even though I am almost 30) and used to put on what I called a “full face”, with foundation/concealer/blush/powder, everyday. Now I just use a little concealer & hope that as the months go by I won’t need that either!

    I tried oil pulling this morning with extra virgin olive oil (because it was in my cabinet). 20 minutes is WAY too long for me to even imagine right now, so I decided to only do 10 minutes and I’ll work my way up to 20 as I am more and more used to the texture and routine. 10 was rough, but it wasn’t so bad. I’m going to buy some coconut oil because I think I might like the taste better.

    What I tell people: it’s progress not perfection; take baby steps. If I woke up and completely changed everything I did overnight, I’d be so uncomfortable I’d immediately want to go back to how things were. Everything seems shocking before we take the first step — Running a marathon right now sounds absurd, but if I started at 1 mile of walking & built up, it wouldn’t be so crazy. If we slowly integrate new routines, in a few weeks we’ll realize that we’re healthy and happy with little effort! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your experiences & helping me to change my habits!

    • New update: I bought coconut oil and it is *much* easier to use for the full 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to see if I notice any differences in my health!

      • Hi,

        Great point. I agree. I tried Almond Oil this morning and it wasn’t too great. I’ll go back to the coconut oil, which makes my teeth feel cleaner – not the reaction I had using Almond Oil.

    • Hi there, thanks for the great post! I was wondering if you or anyone else had the weird pimple-like bumps/blackheads on your cheeks after oil-pulling for a while. I don’t have any other symptoms other than the blackheads which are really annoying. Any advice/tips?

  93. I heard a doctor on the radio discussing pulling with coconut oil. She said it have benefits, but had a caution. If you have older silver fillings she said it could leach the mercury from the fillings. She thought if you only did it once or twice a week instead of every day, it might be ok.

  94. 20 minutes went by pretty fast and I didn’t gage or anything. This is the first day I did it so I will see if I can continue this practice everyday.

  95. Your resources listed all are based off of sesame oil not coconut

  96. I started oil pulling just yesterday, swishing for only 10 minutes last night and 10 minutes tonight. I’m already feeling slightly congested with a slight headache – nothing too uncomfortable, but I’m guessing this is part of the detox process, unless I’m just getting sick. If it is the detoxification, great! I think I’ll keep oil pulling in an effort to whiten my teeth. I’m using unrefined virgin coconut oil.

  97. I don’t think that 20 minutes is a waste of time, it’s just that it feels so yucky in my mouth right now. It’s been 15 min, 5 more to go now and I feel like I’m about to burst. 🙁 I guess I’ll keep trying because I know it’ll be worth it. Blecccch.

  98. I have started oil pulling few weeks back with a ebook sent by the oilpulling.com website. It was very informative and they seems to have covered it really well. My results are mixed as of today but i am hoping to see better results based on all the feedback i am reading on sites like this.

  99. Hello all!
    So I’ve been researching oil pulling.
    I saw a few videos and only to have my eyes fill up with tears and feel myself starting to gag! The idea of essentially putting fat into my mouth makes me… I can’t even finish my sentance! I am really intrigued and would love to try it! Is anyone else having these same reactions???!

    • I thought I would gag also. However, using the coconut oil was not bad. It had a slight coconut flavor and was about like swishing warm water.

  100. Thank you for the thorough information. I started this the other day and have been sitting here this morning wondering why I feel so congested with a minor headache. I also feel very tired. Now I know it’s very likely the detox effects, thank you! I will continue.

  101. I am going to try this tomorrow! Do you have to brush right after, or can it wait till after breakfast?

    • I would at least rinse the mouth out really well after to get rid of any residual toxins

      • Thank you! I have been doing this for 6 days and love it! It removed the mineral build up between by 2 front bottom teeth on the first day!

  102. I’m a very productive saliva producer. Does this take away from the chemical properties of how this works?

  103. so i’m guessing coconut milk wouldn’t work… i bought it because i couldn’t find cocunut oil

  104. Does it have to be organic because i have regular coconut oil

  105. I’ve done this 3 times now (coconut oil, 20 minutes). My skin is the one part of my body that honestly has never, ever had any problems … but I developed a line of red zit-like welts on the right cheek first, and now the left. Leading down in a little row from mid-nose to lips. If this is detoxification, how long does it usually last? OR could it be because I’m actually ingesting some amount of oil while pulling and/or am allergic to coconut oil? Help!

    • It could be a detox effect.. you could also try sesame oil and see if it is a reaction to the coconut oil

  106. Thanks for citing sources, it was interesting checking them out! I am just starting to do oil pulling, and your article is good motivation. I am doing it because I have a cavity. Though I am skeptical, I’ve got nothing to lose in trying this and you’ve shown me lots of other good reasons to do it. I am particularly excited about reducing the bacteria in my mouth. I had bacteria from my own mouth get into my bloodstream which caused endocarditis and, ultimately they had to replace my aortic valve w/ a prosthetic. So, as you can imagine, the idea of limiting the amount of bacteria in my mouth is quite appealing to me. Who knows, maybe if I had started this 10 years ago I’d still have all my valves!

  107. Hello,

    I’ve recently began oil pulling. I’ve been using Refined Natural Coconut oil. I’ve not seen much of a result as in cleanliness. But there is one thing that I have noticed. I’ve noticed a strong, pungent smell that lingers on my breath after the 20 minutes. It’s a familiar smell, almost identical to rotting milk or curdled cheese. Very peculiar….I have great dental hygiene, so I was wondering if others were smelling this? Or maybe it’s the way my hormones are reacting to this treatment?

    Thank you!

    • The nasty taste/smell is probably because you are using REFINED coconut oil. Try using Organic, COLD PRESSED, Virgin coconut oil. Make sure it is UN-REFINED.

  108. This question may have already been raised, but there is a LOT of comments to go through. I find that, when oil pulling, within 2 to 5 minutes my sylvia has completely taken over. Does that affect the oil and its abilities?

  109. I see alot of people have asked about different types of coconut oil, including liquid, if you can use the organic coconut oil for hair and skin or if it has to come out of the food isle. Which I didn’t see an answer to any of them. I bought organic coconut oil thinking it would be solid but it’s a liquid. I want to get started but with everyone talking about it being solid at first I’m wondering if what I have (liquid organic coconut oil) will have the same effects and if it’s safe to use? If someone could answer that for me it would be much appreciated. I would really like to get started and see the wonderful effects it has on me!

    • As long as it is food grade, it should be ok, but the one that is solid at room temp is more natural. Is it warmer than 76 degrees at your house because it will melt at that point…

  110. I read Bruce Fife’s book on Oil Pulling and felt it was worth a shot. I am terrible at flossing and have mild gingivitis, great teeth but terrible at flossing. I started doing it last friday and I got so many pimples popping up on my face. I knew it was working because of that alone. I rarely get pimples, unless I do detox diets so the fact I broke out in the first week of oil pulling really solidified it’s doing something in my system. My teeth already feel cleaner. I dry brush, so I just set my phone to 20 mins, and oil pull while I dry brush which takes about 15 mins to dry brush and then I take my shower and once the alarm goes off I spit out in a plastic container that I had cleaned out, this way when it’s full I can just throw the plastic jar away. I don’t find it hard to do the 20 mins but man it works your jaw like crazy.

  111. I have issues with my mouth breaking out in painful canker sores…and im curious if this would help?

    What sort of coconut oil should I use? I have extra virgin on hand…is there a difference?

  112. I am looking for ideas. How can I use coconut oil to heal my 2 year old daughter’s cavities? She does not swish yet.

  113. can i use extra virgin olive oil?

  114. I just heard of this on FB a few days ago so I looked it up today and found your blog. Today I flossed and had pain and blood so I got worried and that’s when I thought of the oil pulling. I swished for 20 minutes today with olive oil and about 15 min into it all of a sudden my stomach started kind of turning and felt a little sick but after about 5 minutes it calmed down. Do you think the oil pulling could have caused that? I just wanted to see what you thought. My teeth do feel a lot cleaner.

    • @Kris – I felt a little sick to my stomach, too, but I think it was just from the THOUGHT of having oil in my mouth :S Also, the coconut oil that I used (100% Pure Coconut Oil from the oil section at the grocery store) was “unscented” so I could kind of “taste” my bad breath (as gross as that sounds) and no matter how hard I tried NOT to think about it, the more I thought about it and felt weirded out! I’m going to get some of the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil as I’ve heard it TASTES like coconuts, so that may help 🙂

      • Get Spectrum brand 100% organic extra virgin oil – NOT the cheap “100% virgin” Lou Ann brand, which I got to save money another time – no coconut scent. Spectrum is what you want. I get mine at Kroger in the Health aisle (also in Baking) for around $10. I hear Trader Joe’s has the right stuff but I don’t know the brand. If you get the Spectrum it’s nicely coconut and easy to oil-pull. Lou Ann is like regular oil in your mouth- yucky. My teeth are nice and white after oil-pulling with Spectrum.

  115. Where did this magical 20min number come from?

    • She wrote: “Swish for 20 minutes. Apparently the timing is key, according to Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, as this is long enough to break through plaque and bacteria but not long enough that the body starts re-absorbing the toxins and bacteria.”

  116. I’ll try this!

  117. I really liked the sound of the benefits that seem possible from oil pulling, but I have to say after trying it twice so far I’m really not looking forward to doing it again. Maybe I just need to get used to it, but I personally don’t like the feel of the oil in my mouth, and both times afterwards I’ve felt really nauseous – has anyone else experienced this? Did it pass? Also, I’ve been using coconut oil to ‘oil cleanse’ my skin which was usually prone to breakouts and it has been amazingly clear since starting BUT two days after starting oil pulling I have a few pimple like bumps on my cheeks. Also my gums feel… almost inflamed where they weren’t before – again maybe this is an adjustment period? I’m certainly not seeing an immediate benefit and I’m not feeling inclined to persevere at this juncture… I may try the sesame oil instead to see if that makes any difference.

    Also, no way I can manage a tablespoon… a teaspoon was about all I could handle and although I made it to 12 minutes, that was pushing it. Having small children around makes it extremely difficult to not talk for 20 minutes!

    • Maybe try a different type of oil. It seems that some people are sensitive to coconut oil and do better with sesame oil but it is possible to be nauseous or have a detox effect from oil pulling.

  118. I started oil pulling a week ago after reading this article and I am starting to see a difference as far as my mouth is concerned. My mouth feels cleaner thought out the day and no lingering smell after I eat. Anyway, I noticed that every day since I started I’ve been having nightmares. I did some research on it today and found that other people also experience the same symptoms. Apparently it’s due to the change in toxins in your body, which is a good sign that it’s working! Downside is that I will probably have to deal with my bad dreams till I get used to it. Just thought I would share my peculiar experience, thank you Katie for sharing!!

  119. Thank you for sharing this. I have Lupus, Fibro and several health issues. My meds are destroying my teeth and mouth. I am going to give this a try and am sharing on my blog about this. I am also going to share link to your post.

    I have read where others with the same afflictions have benefited deom Oil Pulling and it is certainly not going to hurt me to try this.

  120. I tried the oil pulling with coconut oil Sunday morning and Monday morning, and I had a moderately severe allergic reaction to it, where my neck swelled and I had hives, so not doing that again.

  121. I tried oil pulling for the first time a few days ago. I cannot seem to go more than a few minutes without a swallowing reflex. It’s not that I am actively swallowing, just can’t help but make the motion while keeping the oil in my mouth. Is this normal? I don’t want to be swallowing toxins, I know IF any is going down it isn’t much…

  122. I tried oil pulling for the first time a few days ago. I can’t seem to go more than a few minutes with out a swallowing reflex. It’s not that I am actively swallowing, just making the motion while keeping the oil in my mouth. IF any is going down it’s not much. Is this normal?

    • If you’re getting a gag reflex it’s probably cause you’re using too much oil. 1 tbsp is a good recommended amount of oil to do but remember that it’s a recommendation. Everybody’s mouth size is a bit different. You definitely don’t want so much that you’re gagging, but not so little that it doesn’t provide enough for swishing. Happy pulling!

  123. A lot of people are wondering about pulling if you have crowns. Is there a problem with that? Anyone done any research on that?

    • The research seems split on this. I don’t have any but would probably do it if I did.

      • there is no research, You’ve cherry picked a couple of studies, done in India and various other places that don’t have the kind of oversight imposed in the EU or US where there’ll be a cultural bias toward it to start with, and each of the studies have at least one glaring hole in them.

        • Yet we are talking about food grade oils that we routinely ingest and which are considered safe. I’m yet to see any credible research on the risks…

  124. I used organic coconut oil for my first oil pulling a few days ago; pulled for 6-7 minutes, then spat out, rinsed, and brushed my teeth and tongue. Within 3 hours, my stomach was upset–I have a very strong stomach and am not prone to nausea–and the queasy feeling led to bloating and actual pain the first day and diarrhea the second. It’s been 3 days and I haven’t pulled, but I’m still having gastrointestinal problems. I would love to continue for the sake of my teeth and gums. If anyone has advice for getting through the initiation period, please post. Thanks!

  125. Yes Oil pulling significantly helps in improving and maintaining Oral health. I have gingivitis and it helps keeping it at bay. However,I start get mild chest pains off and on after i have been oil pulling for a month. The pain disappears if I stop pulling for few days.I am doing it with coconut oil . Any other oil and the symptoms are very aggravated.

    I have a active life and do jogging of 5kms (pace 5:30 to 6:30 min) three days in the week Can you suggest some relationship. I had an angiography done two years ago and was normal but my ECG is ischemic. I am veggie

  126. I thought I was never going to be able to swish the coconut oil for 20 minutes, today marked my third day in a row and no problems at all! I just unload the dishwasher or check emails so the time goes by pretty quickly. No gagging or anything unpleasant, it is definitely doable. My question though is, do I still have to floss as well? I find it ironic that I’d rather pull oil than floss but I can’t stand flossing! Anyone know?

    • Some sources say that it can replace flossing, at least some of the time. I floss occasionally after oil pulling (not very often) and still get glowing dental reports

  127. I am on my 9th day of oil pulling. On the 6th day, I started to have symptoms of a virus and/or sinus infection. I felt like I was running a fever even though I wasn’t and was very tired. Next two days I felt ok in morning but then by mid-morning, felt bad again and yesterday was actually running a degree fever. I have had these a lot in my life and it is usually diagnosed as sinus infection caused by a virus and I always end up taking antibiotics, but not in several years because my health is much better than it used to be. I am still feeling really poorly today and have missed some work because of it. While I know if may be a healing crisis/release of toxins, I don’t want to miss any more time nor have my work impaired. I started oil pulling 2-3 times/day yesterday to get through it, but now I think maybe I should just stop for a few days rather than increasing it. I really like how my mouth looks and feels so am disappointed if I need to stop for awhile. I’m not sure which way to go at this point. Any advice? Thanks.

    • I wouldn’t increase how much and probably would space it out and work up slowly…

  128. I tried pulling for the first time this morning. I thought I had been careful at the grocery store when buying coconut oil to use but I ended up with a jar of REFINED coconut oil. I only noticed this at the 17 minute mark of my 20 minutes of swishing. I guess I’ll go drop another $9 today to get the UNREFINED but I’m wondering what the difference is. What does the refining process do to the coconut oil? Should I just switch to untoasted sesame?

  129. I am a dental hygienist and the easiest way to “pull” toxins from your mouth is by using a simple piece of FLOSS!!! and it only takes a few minutes!! If everyone would brush 2-3 times a day, floss once a day and get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year…you wouldn’t need to hope that these folk remedies will work….because they don’t!

    • Do you have any studies that they don’t work or are harmful? The oils used are edible and safe to use in the mouth. I’m certainly not suggesting that people don’t floss, but many people notice a tremendous difference from oil pulling and my dentist is in full support of it…

      • Thanks to your blog here about oil pulling I have been doing it for well over 2yrs now. But I have a question I do not know the answer to. Here are the results I have: whiter teeth, cleaner mouth (than I ever had in my life), healthy gums, I have several teeth that are in the process of being repaired, (yes it shows that my teeth that have pit holes has enamel going back over the top of them) and 1 tooth that had 1/2 the enamel gone is almost completely repaired. (took almost 2yrs for that). Would I get the same results I have now with swishing it vs taking a coconut oil capsule?

    • My Holistic doctor said to use organic cold pressed but if you cant find organic then use cold pressed.

    • Are you the same so-called expert/misinformed person who recommended high does of fluoride for same? LMAO….that’s what some of your NAIVE and ill informed fellow oral hygienist said on here.

      Fluoride is a TOXIN but I’m sure the brainwashed dentist you work for, who has never done any sort of research about it at all, except to read the ADA recommends it, uses and recommends it. 😉

    • That’s right and we don’t really care if you’re Mrs Crest or a dentistry professor at Harvard because the awakening and new info is telling us that either you’ve been fooled by the same barbaric greed system that’s been forcing many of us to spend at the dentist when we don’t always have to if the systems were completely honest or you’re paid by the system to assist in the spreading of partial truths. But probably just a little of both as you likely never researched how diet/natural and healthy remedies are now seen by the wise to be the number one factor in healthy teeth (that’s right your toxic waste bi-product called Fluoride either had to go into the water or in something else and they chose us over water and there’s no evidence fluoride is more good than it is bad i.e. rat poison is made from fluoride) and don’t want to lose your job. Yes we get that you spent a lot of money for schooling and need to get a pay-off from that and that u now hold some papers that “makes you smarter than us” but people who really care about themselves, their kids and others and sought enlightenment set out to learn from not just one source so try as u might, we’re wiser now than we once were 🙂 We can not only slow the decaying process and/or avoid cavities but with the right research we can add the right minerals back into our teeth that modern dentistry prefers we never know about or they lose a lot of business. ” all you need to do is FLOSS!!!” LOL!!! Thanks for the laugh Mrs Crest, 😀 I needed that.

  130. I started pulling with Coconut oil last week. The first time I tried, I almost spit the oil out as the texture felt really gross in my mouth. Once it melted, it wasn’t that bad at all. I like the taste of coconuts so that helped. The first thing I do every morning is put Coconut Oil in my mouth and start my timer. I find it easy to do while getting ready in the morning. The time actually goes by quickly.
    I have been putting the Coconut Oil in the microwave to melt it before pulling. Does heating the oil have any affect on pulling results?

    • Rachel… heating in the microwave takes away the natural healing properties in Organic Coconut Oil.
      You can heat up some water in a kettle and pour it into a bowl…put some coconut oil into a cup and place it in the bowl. This will liquify the oil. This is what I do.

    • Yah, I would NOT recommend heating it in the nuke oven. It only takes a few minutes for it to start melting in your mouth anyway.

      Pls don’t use the microwave as much as possible but esp for food items that have healthy enzymes or other good properties, e.g. honey.

  131. Thank you!

  132. Does it HAVE to be in the mornings? I find it’s easier to do it in the evenings during my shower. I would think that evenings would be better since you’re rinsing out the bacteria you developed from eating throughout the day…but I could be wrong… Mornings aren’t a good time for me to oil pull. Also, I rinse with water then Listerine after I spit the coconut oil out. Is that ok? Thanks!

  133. I spit mine into a paper bathroom cup, the little ones, and let it re-solidify before tossing into the trash. This makes no mess in the trash.

  134. I bought some coconut oil and a tongue scraper, and I’m going to start this soon. Thinking that 20 minutes is a long time, but I’m sure it will become part of a routine and be no problem.
    When I spit out [in a garbage can, not the drain so it won’t clog the drain], I’m wondering if it would be better to spit into something that will absorb the liquid like kitty litter or sand. I’m not sure I’d like to change the garbage can liner after spitting in it for several days.
    What do you usually spit into?

  135. Yesterday I had my first check-up and cleaning since starting oil pulling in January. I didn’t say anything abut to my hygienist when she first started poking around with the instruments and having a look. Then she started making comments like “you’re doing a good job”, “your mouth is really clean”, etc. Then I told her about the oil pulling, which she had never heard of. She said it make a difference, then looked right at me and emphasized “a BIG difference”.

    I am a believer and an evangelizer!

  136. So, I’ve been doing the oil pulling for about a month or so, but here’s the thing. Sometimes, I forget. I am so NOT a schedule-type of person, but I try to remember in the mornings before breakfast when I can . (Last week at my mom’s I kept the oil by my bedside and did it maybe, three-four times that week). Today is the first day since then that I did it. If I am not doing it everyday, or miss a few days, is that okay? Am I still getting benefits? I would hate to think I have to go back to square one and start over consistently if I forget a few days….

  137. I wanted to try oil pulling because of my on-going chronic plaque, frequent canker sores from toothpaste, and my recent receding gums and painful molars /jaw. I used organic Virgin coconut oil for medium heat. Here is my experience:

    I placed a small chunk of oil on the the outer/upper teeth and let my cheeks melt it. Instantly my tooth surface pain started to go away as it does right after the plaque is scrapped off or killed. It thickened quite quickly and I was only able to keep it slowly moving around in my mouth for 5 minutes before it multiplied so big i had to spit it out and do a second round. It kinda feels like smartwater when grows. After I spit it out I noticed my jaw pain wasn’t there any more and my gums were a PERFECT healthy pink. My teeth were really white to start with (pop/coffee/sugar free life!) so I can’t really say anything to that, but they did seem to have a nice healthy “glow” to them (that just might be the gums giving off an overall improvement effect but oh well.) Since I knew I was going for round 2 I only flossed and skipped the saltwater rinse that is suggested. Let me tell you – that was the easiest, most pain-free floss I have ever given myself. My gums felt so strong. And it was only a 5 minute oil pulling!!! So as i typed this up i did round two, and the sores in my mouth (canker?) are no longer swollen or even there for the matter. Please excuse me while I go spit into the trash and rinse with warm salt water!

  138. Can oil pulling help whiten veneers?

  139. I’m just curious, can I use regular Extra virgin Olive oil or does it HAVE to be cold pressed? I read in a lot of places that only say cold pressed.

    • Would perhaps Cold Pressed be the pricier option? I would take a close look at the people making those comments and whether they work for the marketing departments of food condiment companies…

  140. I had been oil pulling a bit but just got braces on. (I am an adult). I stopped oil pulling because I didn’t want the areas under the brackets to not be whitened whilst the rest of my teeth are. Do you think it would be okay to continue to pull or was I correct in stopping?

    • I wouldn’t worry about it as there’s practically no scientific evidence this works.. There could be any number of reasons for the apparent increase in teeth and gum health, ranging from the psychosomatic to people who engage in this kind of fad usually start it in conjunction with other “healthy living activities such as “eating well” and “exercise”.. as well as the fact that if you’re prepared to spend to mins a day doing this, you’re probably, without realising it, taking better care of your oral health in the first place, brushing for longer and more effectively, flossing more regularly etc etc.

      I mean seriously, you say you’re worried about the patches under your braces staying the same colour while the rest of tooth gets whiter? is brushing not more likely to cause that anyway???

      • It was just a question. Thanks, I think.

      • Oil pulling seems to whiten quicker and more effectively than regular brushing alone. Ever tried it?

  141. Can i ask why my previous posts in reply to a few others questions here were removed? i was not rude, or derogatory, just pointed out a few salient things that people should take into consideration when espousing the “benefits” of this treatment

    • I don’t remember any past comments, so my guess is that they somehow got trapped in the spam filter. I typically only delete comments with profanity, direct insults or spam.

      • I just received a notification of a post from MSLA about her dangerous reactions to coconut oil pulling; also I cannot find my post about getting bad heart palpitations from using coconut oil for the pulling. Ayurvedic medicine recommends SESAME oil for pulling NOT coconut, which has MCTS which can be dangerous for some people. The sesame oil does not cause this reaction for me personally. However, I also
        cannot find either post now. Where are they? You should take this post down — it is not medically sound advice.

        • Hi Dawn, I’m not sure why you aren’t able to find comments, or which comments in particular you are looking for, but as I make clear in multiple places on this website, nothing in this post, or anywhere on the site is medical advice of any kind and certainly, anyone who can’t tolerate coconut oil or MCTs should not use it for oil pulling either.

  142. Your body needs bacteria. It’s probably not the best idea to use so many anti bacterials unless you are very ill. Doing this so often creates superbug virus/ drug resistant germs.

  143. my teeth where whiter after ONE day. 20 minutes is NOT long. I’ve heard seasame oil is best, but unroasted, organic sesame oil is SO expensive. any who. thanks for your post and all your links. I was looking for more info, and I found it!

  144. Two weeks ago I was online searching for some inexpensive teeth whitening home remedy.

    I came across several articles regarding “oil pulling.” Read countless reviews on its immediate effects for improving the color of one’s teeth.

    I was skeptical, but tried anyway. Bought organic sesame oil from Trader Joe’s. Did the requisite 20 minutes. First time was a slight struggle (now it’s a breeze).

    Haven’t noticed anything yet.

    Then while brushing my teeth this morning after my daily 20 mins, I look in the mirror and see there is a noticeable change.

    Now, I may not be so embarrassed to smile after years of brown liquids: colas, coffee, tea, etc.

    I’m going to stay on this routine until my next ENT appointment in October and see if the doc sees anything differently. He used to be a dentist and said never use over the counter mouthwash again and suggested using Biotene to wash and Sensodyne to brush with as well as floss.

    I do these after I oil pull.

  145. Having gone tot he dentist regularly twice a year since i was a child, I was told yesterday I had chronic gum disease..This shook me as I was told by a hygenist that it had been building up for years. I have just moved dentists as my previous dentist retired and this news has shook me. I have been told i now need a treatment plan of 4 initial visits to go under anesthetic for a deep scale of my teeth and the cost is in the £100’s each visit..Am I too late to start oil pulling ?

  146. IF 20 MINUTES IS too long initially for the maximum benefit of old pulling, try pulling for less then working up to the the full 20 minutes. Right now I am starting for 10 then gradually work up to 20.

  147. Did my first oil pull this morning using a full teaspoon … Wanting to see how it felt/worked. No problems at all, will use more Coconut Oil (organic virgin) tomorrow! Thanks for an insightful and informative blog.

  148. Has the author of this post, or any readers actually CRITICALLY read the ”researched evidence” articles listed? (the way one is supposed to read any scientific research)?

    If anyone did they would notice that none of those studies really provide clinically significant in results that promote the use of oil pulling.

    First of all lets look at the study by Asokan et al, “Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.”

    The first flaw one should notice immediately is that only 20 individuals are used as test subjects, this is not a statistically significant participant pool, so right from the get go the credibility is questionable. This is basic fundamentals when it comes to publishing research, a participant pool of 20 is laughable.
    The best part about this study is that they blatantly state that chlorhexidine is the gold standard, right there in the study! So basically the researchers measured the prevalence of steptococcus mutans at different intervals after treatment with oil vs chlorhexidine. They evaluate at the 24hr, 48hr, 1 week and 2 weeks marks. They found that a decrease in s mutans was noted at the 1 week and 2 weeks marks for oil, and at ALL 4 time intervals for chlorhexidine.
    So what do we conclude from this? Well chlorhexidine is MORE effective at s mutans population reduction. So basically the clinical significance translates to, one should rinse with chlorhexidine, but if for whatever reason it is not available (which if you live in the US this is probably not really a concern), you could maybe use oil and it will be less effective. So in a developing country, yes maybe coconut oil could be useful, but in developed nations it is not quite as useful.

    So then another study is cited (also by Asokan et al), “Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study”. If one reads this study, it sounds strikingly familiar, hmm maybe thats because its basically the same study, but now they draw slightly different conclusions from it. That seems a bit shady to me, especially since again the study sample is 20 individuals! which does not provide a clinically significant research population. What is really funny though is that even though only 20 are used, we still saw that chlorhexidine was more effective!

    Now another study listed by Thaweboon et al “Effect of Oil-Pulling on Oral Microorganisms in Biofilm Models”. This study is similar but evaluates a few different species of microorganisms (S mutans, L casei, C albicans). So basically they expose microorganisms in a biofilm to the oils and chlorhexidine.
    They find that coconut oil reduced S mutans by 2.5log reductions, C albicans by 1log reductions, however L casei was resistant to it. Sesame oil reduced S mutans by 1log reductions, L casei again was resistant and sunflower oil reduced C albicans by 1log reductions., also L casei was resistant.
    Now we get to our friend chlorhexidine. Which completely eliminated S mutans, and reduced C albicans by 1.5log reductions (greater reduction than both oils). Then L casei (who was resistant to oils) is reduced by 3log reductions.
    So again this study proves the effectiveness of chlorhexidine as being superior to oils. They also make mention in the articles that oils could be useful in a developing country (as I mentioned above).
    That is all the effort I want to put into these studies, but the obvious conclusion is coconut oil pulling is not as effective as chlorhexidine rinse.

    The other thing to keep in mind, is if you accidentally inhale the oil you can cause yourself to suffer from lipoid pneumonia but I won’t bother getting into that.

    Please people open your minds, think critically, really look for the research and evidence.

    Do not be allured by the trends that travel across facebook, twitter, and blogs.

    Do not be hypnotized by a pretty website or post, or other people’s testimony.

    Do not swallow all of the health advice coming from blogs/youtube videos/etc, really investigate it for yourself.

    Ask for the evidence and read it critically, you deserve better than simply believing anything someone posts online.

    • I absolutely agree that everyone should investigate any health claim before taking anything as fact. One thing that is also important to remember when comparing the effectiveness of oil pulling to chlorohexidine is that it isn’t advisable to use chlorohexidine in the mouth on a regular basis, while oils can be used daily without a problem.

  149. I was looking at prices of the Virgin Coconut Oil… Found Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil by Trader Joe’s for $8 for a 16 ounce bottle… That’s 3 bucks less expensive than the Nutiva 12 oz. bottle I get at Wal-Mart for $9.94… Anyone know if Trader Joe’s is a decent brand??? I’d buy that if it’s decent stuff…

    • Trader Joe’s is a reputable store and brand, as far as I know. I always plan a stop at TJs when traveling. The closest we have is an hour away.

  150. I would love to know if anyone has had this help problems of tooth fracture and pain with biting and temperature sensitivity in teeth? I have two teeth that have these issues and I think I am headed for a complete tooth pulling on one and a root canal on the other :\ looking for natural ways to help avoid this!

  151. If you do the oil pulling before eating breakfast, then is it ok to brush your teeth after eating or does this negate the oil pulling?

  152. I too had trouble with the consistency, especially letting it melt in my mouth. I take a small measuring cup (the kind that come with kids medicines), scoop the coconut oil into that (evenly), and float it in a small cup of hot, hot water. After 2 or 3 minutes the oil is liquid and warm. If you pour it under your tongue you can barely feel it in your mouth, as opposed to when it is cold! I also noticed mucous drainage for the first few days, and had acne-like bumps around my mouth and on my chin. After a week the bumps are gone and my mouth feels really clean! I’m surprised to see results that soon and feel good knowing I am absorbing good fats and vitamins, and hopefully helping cleanse at least my mouth!

  153. I started pulling yesterday with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. I could only pull for 5 minutes yesterday then 2 minutes today because I start gagging…I am trying to work up to 20 minutes but feel like I am wasting my time since the minimum time should be 20 minutes for any benefits. Has anyone experienced this?

  154. Sorry if I’m repeating something that’s already been asked, I didn’t read all 396 comments lol just wondering, is oil pulling safe for kids? What do your kids do daily for oral hygiene?

    • Oil pulling is OK for children as long as they are not going to swallow it. If you think they will, hold off until they are old enough to pull without swallowing it.

  155. Hi, Katie!
    I’m excited about all the neat things you’re sharing. Tonight I did the oil pulling with the coconut oil for the first time. I think I could have done 20 min but half way through I got a persistent urge to cough that I could’t suppress so I had spit it out. Within 5 minutes I resumed with another tsp of coconut oil and was able to go another 10 min. It’s not that hard. Swishing while watching TV, with a spit cup at hand just in case the 20 min flies by.

    I’ve had recessed gums and plaque builds up even with brushing so I’m eager to see how the oil pulling relieves these issues. Also, I’ve always had congestion and incessant throat clearing (annoying to me and others). I’m excited to look forward to the oil pulling cleansing.

    I’ll keep ya posted, Katie. Thanks so much! I also want to do the oil cleansing for my face.

    My 86 y.o. mother has been moisturizing her face with almond oil for years and has a wonderful complexion which is always noticed by others and with questions about since she has no wrinkles!

    It’s really cool knowing there are so many natural remedies to use!!!

    Lisa in Indy

  156. Thank you for the informative post! I’ve shared it on my FB fan page 🙂

  157. How long did it take until your teeth became noticeably whiter?

  158. I have several cracks in my teeth and some cavities. I brushed my teeth with tap water. Then I used extra virgin olive oil as a mouth wash for about 10 minutes.

    For 2 1/2 days afterward, my tooth sensitivity was gone, my teeth felt smooth as opposed to jagged.

    I plan on buying some virgin coconut oil and doing it every morning.

  159. Update on my oil-PULLING. It’s been 3 weeks of almost daily oil-PULLING with coconut oil and I’ve had splendid results: whiter teeth and smoother feeling clean teeth.

    I understand it can “restore enamel”. Yes?

    I’m very pleased to add this new daily health routine. Thanks, Katie. Spread the word on oil-PULLING! (NOT ‘swishing’). ha!

  160. Love your blog, it is great! I have a question….. I have tried doing oil pulling several times and feel my teeth get very sensitive. I read this can happen to some people with coconut oil and wondered if you have any suggestions, or alternative oils? Thanks heaps 🙂
    PS. I also use your tooth powder which is great & helped with tooth sensitivity.

  161. Not inexpensive! I’m sorry but organic coconut oil is insanely expensive! And using a tsp every day makes it go fast! Especially if your like me and you cook with it as well. It may work but don’t tell people it’s cheap cause it ain’t.

    • OR………….

      Think of it as maintenance or an investment in your future health……since oil is a heck of a lot cheaper than dentist visits anyway 😉

      If your teeth and gums improve with oil pulling, that means less dentist visits and you save money in the long run.

      To put it in perspective:

      A jar of organic coconut oil costs me $20.00 and lasts about two months worth of oil pulling.

      My dentist charges $200.00 for the consultation fee alone. Plus $180.00 for the cleaning which he recommends having done every three months. Plus $$$$ for whatever else needs doing. Plus $$$$ for all the crap like special mouth gel mousse / magical toothpaste / fancy floss / state of the art toothbrushes / they try to flog to you after each appointment.

      So you are looking at around $400.00 every three months for maintenance check-ups alone. Goodness knows how much it would cost to get something more serious done.

      You cannot really compare $20.00 every two months to $400.00 every three and complain about it.

      My teeth and gums are so good since oil pulling, that I only go to the dentist once a year now for a check up or annual clean if needed.

  162. Hi. In response to concerns about price for Organic Virgin Coconut oil:
    If you buy it in the bakery aisle at Kroger it’s about $9/jar which lasts about a month. I only use it to pull AM daily, and to douse on my popcorn (oh, yummo!). It’s also in the health food section of Kroger with the other oils for about a dollar more.

    I bought “100% pure coconut oil” once ‘cuz it was even cheaper (twice as much for same $) but it was bland and didn’t even taste or smell like coconut. ugh.

    Ya gotta get organic virgin coconut oil.


  163. When is the best time for Oil Pulling? Is it possible to do it just after meal? Thanks.

  164. This may have been answered already, so forgive me – but if I am using OraWellness, should I pull with oil first and then later use the OraWellness or vice versa?

  165. Hahaha! Oh, I love it! I took the 2 tsp glob of coconut oil in my mouth and immediately started having a giggle fit. The consistency is sooo weird! It melted quickly but here I sit, sloshing and swishing and still giggling. This is great. Not to mention it’s virgin coconut oil so it tastes amazing. I think I found a new pastime, haha! Thank you!

  166. Can I use refried coconut oil for this? It’s all I’ve seem to find at stores. Also, I have weak enamel from being a baby and having utis and having to take meds which have given me white “stains” on my teeth, after I am done with the pulling can I wash my mouth out with warm water and use a enamel toothpaste?

  167. I have been doing the oil pulling for several months and I have notice lots of benefits — it is indeed healing my teeth and gums. However, I’ve also notice increased bad breath. Has anyone had that happen?

  168. I use organic sesame oil for my oil pulling, as coconut oil makes me gag. I did start out doing it for a shorter time, and then built up over time. Yes, your cheek muscles may ache at first, then quickly get used to it. I do it for at least 15 minutes, but if I can squeeze it in, I do it for 20. My mouth always feels better afterward, regardless of whether I have gone the full 20 or not. I can also see the difference in the whiteness of my teeth.

  169. I am on heart medication and coumadin and was wondering if oil pulling would detox these meds from my body or is the detox everyone talks about just oral detox?


  170. Sir I daily wake up very late by 10am so that can do oil pulling after break fast and I have cholesterol so which oil I should use

  171. I see people saying that microwaving the coconut oil stuff is bad. Why don’t you just buy the liquid form? I have organic, extra virgin coconut oil in liquid oil form… easy solution! I am so excited to try this oil pulling method. I think I am going to start swishing for 10 minutes in the morning and at night! Good luck everyone 🙂

  172. I want to use sunflower oil , but that color is yellows . then I may use that oil . Please advice me quickly as possible as.


    • Sunflower oil is a crime against humanity. Don’t buy it. Don’t use it. Definitely don’t eat it!

  173. Hi Everyone,
    I am going to start doing this as well. I highly recommend going to Mercola.com and look into root canal danger. Oil pulling may be especially helpful to anyone that has had a root canal as there are very strong correlations to many degenerative diseases and root cancals. This could be due to the bacteria root canals can breed in the dead material left in the mouth. I strongly suggest anyone that has had a root canal to consider replacing that with a bridge and get that dead material out of your mouth. Oil pulling should help remove some of that bacteria as well. But, it would be best to remove the source all together.

    • I have two root canals, and wish everything was as simple as “pulling them out”. First of all they are front teeth (incisor and lower front tooth). Second of all, you recommend a bridge? That just partially destroys two more surrounding teeth.

      What are the options? An implant with non-metallic materials such as Zirconia? Do you know how expensive these are?

      I actually suffer from CIS for multiple sclerosis, but let me show you how many things i “tick” in terms of likely causes according to Mercola and others:

      – Hepatitis B vaccines
      – Root canals
      – High levels of lead and med mercury in hair
      – CCSVI
      – Low vitamin D
      – Slight intolerance to gluten and dairy

      Ive been dealing with everything (diet changes, supplements, chelation, CCSVI treatment), but pulling front teeth out has complicated consequences…


  174. Oil pulling makes me GAG! I can barely get 5 minutes in. I am not a gagger over anything except maybe gross adult puke on some occasion. This is ridiculous that I cannot do this for the optimum time! =/

  175. Did this for the 1st time today while reading some of these comments.. Lets see how it works after a while.

  176. Hi

    You have said you like to brush with a special product because with it “any remaining bacteria is killed”. But not all the bacterias in our mouth are bad, right?

  177. Can oil pulling help worn down or damaged teeth? Small chips,etc. Been doing it daily for 2-3 months, nothing yet.


  178. Oh my gosh, this is great to do while you watch a show…. just not SNL. I’ve almost spewed it out about 12 times already in the first 10 minutes.

  179. i wqant to know about side effects. every page that has side effects on it cannot be opened can anyone help me thanks

    • What side effects would there be if you’re using a good quality oil such as coconut or sesame? Don’t drink it after you’ve finished squishing it around for 20 minutes! No side effects whatsoever, LOL!

      Read up on side effects of fluoride!

      • I’m not sure of your credentials. Maybe you’re a specialist in the oil pulling field whereas i am not but i’m pretty sure i heard someone else mention that they noticed more phlegm build-up since they started oil pulling. I’m also pretty sure i heard about another problem someone had, so if you’re a specialist, you might want to brush up on your training and if you’re not please give yourself a bit of a swat upside the head. thanks.

        • Firstly, I’m not expert in the “oil pulling field” as you say, just someone that’s been doing for a while with good results.

          Whilst there are some far-out claims such as resolving diabetes, etc, the main focus here is for a cleaner mouth. I can confirm that using coconut oil as mouthwash for the prescribed 20 minutes worked wonders for my teeth.

          Do some reading (there are references included) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_pulling

          In todays world, scientific studies are very expensive, if anything, you should be skeptical about studies as they’d likely be funded by someone trying to protect their interests. Don’t expect corporations like Colgate to fund and publish a study that prove natural products are healthy than their neurotoxin laden poison.

  180. I have been thinking about starting oil pulling for about six months now. My sister is going chemical free lately and I think I could get her to try it with me, kind of as a support system. I think I’m going to start over the Christmas holiday. That and going “no-poo”. She does that already with pretty good results. It should be interesting.

    For those of you who have issues gagging, I have a bit of a suggestion. While going through a sinus surgery and post-op care this past summer, my ENT told me that gagging is nothing more than the body trying to swallow something. Liquid builds up in the mouth or upper throat and the body triggers an automatic swallow. The only way you can stop the automatic swallow reflex is to breathe. You will need to breathe short breaths in quick succession. It’s almost like hyperventilating. It sounds crazy, but it works wonders. Start with your mouth open and breathe short, very quick breaths while trying to do something that you know will gag you. For me, that would be brushing my tongue. This was my test of it the day after he told me about this method. It worked for me. I was able to brush my tongue without gagging once. Once you get good at it, you can even learn to do this through your nose, while your mouth is closed, which has actually helped control my asthma in some situations.

  181. If one counts calories, do they count the calories in the oil they are using when oil pulling as caloric intake?

    • I’m not an expert but my guess would be no, oil is probably not absorbed through the mouth and even if it is what seems like all the oil is spat in the toilet/bin so even if you ingested a tiny amount or absorbed some sublingually we’re talking a tiny amount, 1g of fat is 9 calories. 2tps is about 10ml which is less than 10g, that’s 90 calories, of which at least 95% is spat down the toilet, probably more.

  182. Can this process also be used with porcelain caps? I have had major dental work done on my teeth and the majority of my upper teeth are porcelain capped. Any ideas if it is fine to do oil pulling in this situation?

    • No problem whatsoever. I have one as well and this oil pulling is working great, seeing a lot of improvement w/ my gums!

  183. Hi Guys,

    I tried oil pulling like last sat after stumble upon an article on FB about dental health then on the of the article i saw oil pulling out of curiousity i read on it and thought this could be my cure. Last month i went to dentist and they told me ive got gum disease, gave me a bottle of medicated mouth rinse that taste like hyuckkk. So after reading, i immediately try it the next day with what i have in the kitchen (olive oil) and swish it for 20 mins as recommended and i notice some food debris came out after i spat them out. Its my 7th day now and still counting i notice the difference it does to my general well being… ive no longer feeling fatigue, whiter teeth (yay) and they’re so smooth, just love the way it felt…..

    Ohhh olive oil kinda sucky taste in my mouth but thats the only thing i have … now im using extra virgin coconut oil (country farm)and i love the texture and the aroma of the oil at least they’re aren’t as bad as olive oil.
    Have fun! and happy new year!!!

  184. This was advised to me by a person who works at a health food store. I did my first swish today, January 5, 2015. I will report results after awhile. Having not read this article before my first swish, I did spit it in the sink. Since the residue tasted so good, (I love anything coconut) I did not rinse… LOL… however, will follow the recommended instructions in the future.

    Since I was doing my first of the morning chores, prepare coffee, feed cats, feed the dog, etc., the 20 minute swish went by very fast. But I did like some of the above, wonder how I could swish for that long… LOL.

    PS – I did not swallow the 20 minute old swish juice though… LOL.

    • I have a question and a comment:

      Does it hurt to do it more than once a day?

      I had to alter one of the chores… making my daily coffee. I put various spices and herbs in my once a day 28 oz. coffee. 4 of which are different peppers,. ie. black, red, chipotle, habanero, etc.

      While swishing the second day, I accidently inhaled some of the pepper I was putting in my coffee… could not control my sneeze… then coated the general area with a milky white layer… LOL. No more exposure to pepper when swishing.

      Happy Swishing…

  185. just swished for the first time. My tongue had never looked it felt so good. Like it’s been cleaned and moisturised

    Apart from my eyeballs, I’ve moisturised everywhere now.

  186. Just Googled oil pulling as I saw a FB post about it, wasn’t sure what it was.. cut the story short, I’m sitting here now typing this and swishing extra virgin olive oil in my mouth! yay, lets see how it goes.
    I came back from Poland 2 months ago, I went to see the dentist as its much cheaper for fillings, I hadn’t been to the dentist for 10+ years and I had some cavities that needed sorting. I had some done, now back in London I have 2 I’m also due to get done next week at £90 each! I’ve always been super sceptical of the dentist… I hope this will help my oral hygiene and cut the risk of more dental fillings in the future.. my mouth is filling up from the saliva eww!

    • I enjoy doing this, but use coconut oil. Try using 1 to 2 teaspoons next pull.

    • Very cute – eww!
      I decided to add Celtic Sea Salt to my coconut oil for flavor and it definitely made a difference. I intend to add drops of peppermint oil or some other flavors but the salt helped in a pinch. ????

  187. I’ve been oil pulling for two weeks now, usually with the coconut oil, and a couple of times with olive oil. Prior to oil pulling (and not seeing a dentist in over a period of years; I’m terrified of dentists), I noticed really dark spots (almost black) on a couple of my molars. Two weeks into my pullings, I’ve noticed the spots have lightened by quite a few shades. In additiona, my sensitive teeth are less sensitive and my mouth feels terrific! I shall continue pulling first thing in the morning and just before I turn in at night. Twenty minutes twice a day is well worth my time and energy. I plan on trying the sesame and sunflower oils too, but I’m much pleased with the results from the coconut oil, though I doseem to favor the taste of olive oil.

  188. Can you do this more than once per day??

  189. Someone had asked about infection, it’s called sepsis. I was in health care for many years and often heard about it. It’s very important to keep your mouth clean and your hands too for that matter. I’m going to be trying oil-pulling and have my roomies try it too.

  190. Wouldn’t you get creases above your upper lip (like a smoker) from doing this every day for 20 minutes?

    • I thought about that too. So I do one of two things,either I put my pointer finger across my upper lip to keep it from puckering and more importantly, not use it the way I use mouthwash. Instead of swishing, I roll it around my mouth, side to side and gently up and down for the 20 minutes.

  191. Tried swishing with organic coconut oil for 20 minutes for the first time today was pleasantly surprised that I could do it as I hate coconut and couldn’t believe how good my moutb felt and how clean my teeth looked!!!! Will be doing this everyday!!!!

  192. Great article, thanks to oil pulling I have been able to reverse cavity in about 90% in 2 of my teeth in about 2-3 weeks, astonishing. Just unbeliavable. But I want to add something to the article, its very important to have proper diet too if you want to heal your teeth. High intake of calcium as main building block and vitamin D for calcium absorption is a MUST, you cannot rebuild teeth if you dont have enough nutrients. Than other important nutrients are vitamins A,E,K, for better and faster regeneration as they are important at rebuilding tissue and teeth are tissue too as bones,skin etc. etc.. Than you will need magnesium for better circulation of calcium in your blood, calcium needs to get into your teeth somehow, it can trough saliva but it can too trough blood. Than other “trace” elements you need are zinc,cooper,mangan and borum, they help redistribution and absorption of calcium even more…ussually they are within calcium supplements.

    Another important note is your diet, main problem are so called antinutrients. They are things that take away your nutrients, main problem with teeth is so called phytic acid as it inhibits calcium on it, wich means no calcium for you. Foods that are high in phytic acid are all kinds of grain, kidneys and such, soy, tofu. It is scientifically proven that low phytic acid diet almost eliminates cavities.

    Lets not forget about pesky fungus, mainly candida albicans, wich can be another factor to tooth decay as you know, fungus is very dangerous. Than there are parasites that leech of your teeth, but those are minority.

    For teeth regeneration, your teeth DO regenerate, if they wouldnt you would abrase them in about few years, wich is absurd to even think about. Sorry to be blunt but only an idiot would say teeth do not regenerate, if even dentist or doctor says that, he should be immediatelly stripped of his MD and work somewhere where he cant do more harm. Nowadays you can even create teeth from some basic compound of basic nutrients, thanks to stem cells.
    Even from urine….so there goes the myth “teeth cannot regenerate” down the well.

    For fluoride…it partially “works”, but it does more harm than “help”. Let me clarify, you see fluoride is highly toxic, it kills anything in your mouth I mean anything, even you. So decay from acidic wastes of bacteria is somewhat eliminated. Another effect of fluoride is that, if your tooth doesnt have enough calcium, it can bind fluoride as emergency option to regenerate tooth, but doing so creates a material that is strong but very brittle and highly toxic. Now unto main course, fluoride is as I said earlier HIGHLY TOXIC, its even on toothpaste, if you swallow seek medical assistance immediatelly. Fluoride along with mercury or cyanide are extremelly dangerous even in small ammounts, I mean at molecule level, few molecules of mercury may take tens of years for your body to get rid of. Not only fluoride does cell degeneration, wich mean it makes you dumber and dumber, making you degenerated and weakening your whole body, making it weak against diseases, it does even again inhibit calcium and magnesium absorption. So please dont buy toothpastes with fluoride, naming it differently as amino-fluoride or anything like that wont help, fluoride is still there.

    • Meda… enjoyed reading your comment. Seems to be very informing. However, I didn’t care much for the “idiot” comment… which detracted from your comment.


      • as the old saying goes “if the shoe fits, wear it”. Idiot in this case seems to me very fitting.

  193. I am nearly a month out of having gastric bypass surgery and have a serious interest in treating my body more healthfully from now on out. I happened across this article while doing research about oral health problems of ALL kinds in bariatric surgery patients. Mind you this is the first time im hearing about these problems. In addition to loosing hair and having my body in a state of malnutrition for a period of time I do not also want to sacrifice my teeth for petes sake. I do understand this type of surgery changes the entire way your body functions but the way I look at it, with the rise in popularity of coconut oil in cooking, swishing it around in your mouth once a day cant be any worse than ingesting it. It would also seem that it is more natural so I cant see that you could really mess up the process too much except for getting your mind/body used to oil in your mouth.
    I hope more bariatric patients could weigh in on this aspect as there are increasing numbers of us.
    sidebar; I can see how dentists and hygienists might not originally jump on this bandwagon. just as some medical professionals aren’t as into natural herbs. most of their interests support pharma companies and their aim is to sell drugs. There is much more to be said about natural health measures that have been around for centuries as opposed to our modernized healthcare. when you find healthcare professionals that are authentically into medicine as a way to facilitate health in their patients, as opposed to a way to line their pockets (money can be so corruptible) you will then be in able hands.
    Im willing to give this a shot and I appreciate all the feedback, except for those who bring unhelpful negativity.

  194. It is fabulous for dry gums! I do not rinse afterwards. I think of it as lotion for my gums.

  195. Wish I’d found this site sooner Katie! So much great info to take in and things to try. How exciting and liberating! I’ve been reducing the chemicals in our house for 9 months or so and replacing with healthier (and cheaper) options after finding a great book in my local library. I’ve been using fluoride-free toothpaste (Aloe Dent) for a year or so now but am keen to try something else. I was looking at another article and saw the link to this. My first thought was ’20 mins? Seriously? Where do I find 20 mins?’ but then I realised that all I was going to do before going to bed was read some more of your articles and ‘poof!’ 20 mins has passed so easily! I’m lucky that I can work from home twice a week so I will be oil pulling in the morning on those days plus at the weekend. Look forward to seeing the results!

  196. I just started oil pulling with Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil and I love how my teeth feel. When I first became oil pulling it was hard to swish oil around for 20 minutes but after a few days I became use to it. I’m all about natural remedies to treat different health issues.


  198. Oh my goodness, I just tried oil pulling for the first time after years of bad breath…I just heard about the method a few days ago. I’m stunned with the results…really I am. Immediately after my mouth has felt much more cleaner and that taste I normally have from bad breath isn’t here! I will definitely carry out oil pulling more often. I always visit the dentist for a professional cleaning every few months, and a few dentists have recommended a lot of things but to no avail. I can’t believe I’ve found the cure by simply researching.

    I’m 19 years old, all this time I’ve been so conscious when socialising with others and as embarrassing as it sounds, I’ve turned down all guys who’ve asked me out because of this very problem.

    I’ll bookmark this page as an everyday reminder, thank you so much. I’m hoping my teeth will whiten up too after oil pulling everyday.

  199. I started oil pulling about a week ago and I can say that I feel better when I use the oils! BUT .. because I do not like the solid coconut oil I use
    Oil Pulling by GuruNanda – 30 Tubs -Authentic Ayurvedic Formulation -Organic and Natural – 0.5 oz each tub

    These are small one time use tubs and the oils feels great going around in your mouth. I do it for about 10 minutes each morning as I have not worked up to the 20 minutes. But I feel more energentic and my mouth feels energized! I think if you do oil pulling you should find the oil tht works best for you! Good Luck!

  200. This is my second attempt at regular oil pulling. I’m having much a much better time of it this time. I started with a small amount for 5 minutes and now I’m doing 1 heaping teaspoon for 20 minutes. It’s just been a few weeks and already my teeth are so much whiter…well it’s just amazing! Also the terrible sensitivity I had is much, much better. An earlier post from a dental professional recommended Sensodyne Total. I used to use this toothpaste and was forced to stop as it, all of a sudden after years of using it, made my mouth so dry I could barely swallow. I talked to my periodontist who said he’d been hearing that from other of his patients and had surmised that they had changed something in their formula. By the way, he was the one to suggest oil pulling to me. He said that some of his other patients were having success with it for plaque problems. So far, I have to admit, though I don’t like doing it I’m getting used to it and it’s really helping. My teeth feel great and look great. Whether or not it has an effect on my overall health? I’ll get back to you, but I know I won’t stop this time. My teeth are whiter than they’ve been since I was a kid!

  201. Oil pulling works. Had an abcess, in 24 hours it was gone. Olive oil, green tea bags, and persistence . My teeth are already visibly whiter. Oh and sea salt swishing. Now I brush with sea salt and oil pull once a day. Life changing….

  202. I am trying so hard at this – 1) A tablespoon is WAY too much. Can only use about half that. Will the lesser amount still get desired results? 2) I get a bad throat tickle about 5 minutes in and have to spit it out – use Thieves throat spray – and start again.

    Things I notice – my sinus are so much clearer (probably the throat tickle effect); bad breath gone all day (and I have bridges, implants and all kinds of food trappers).

    • Yes, a smaller amount will be fine. You may still want to try to work up to more, but at the end of the day, your mouth will only hold what it will hold.

      • Is it ok to warm up the oil or do we have to put it in, in the original form?

        • I would not heat it up a ton, but heating it enough to melt it is fine.

  203. Thank-you for answering my question on sever headache pain and sinus pressure, plus pain in the mouth. I started oil pulling on 2-28-15 and immediately felt head, sinus and teeth pain. After reading this, I see others have also. I am looking forward to it going away and would prefer oil pulling to flossing, since I do it as I work around the house or whatever, and don’t have to stop 3 times a day to floss. I have been going 4 times a year for deep planing and it hurts, costs a lot and is not helping ! I always eat healthy and low sugar or carbs my whole life as well as great oral hygiene, My mom has the same problem, while other siblings don’t. She needed gum grafting, and I would prefer to heal naturally to avoid that procedure. Using a firm toothbrush and scrubbing my teeth until bleeding as a kid is my culprit. I will report back after a few months to see if my gums have improved.

    • Just keep oil pulling and sinus, loose teeth, better health, and other ailments will disappear. I have been doing it for 2 years and my health has changed dramatically.

  204. Hi Katie!

    I’ve started on a Low Carb lifestyle journey lately and was finding that i was having really bad breath, what people call “Keto Breath” from entering Ketosis. Oil Pulling was suggested as a way to fix this, and I came across your blog post about it. I’m going to try it first thing tomorrow as I have a HUGE tub of coconut oil in my cupboard, as I use it as my main source of cooking oil 🙂

    Thanks for a great blog!

  205. I am a Dental Hygienist and I have recommended oil pulling to my patients also. As to a few remarks. I have not seen any crowns or caps as some of you have called them come off from the pulling. Fluoride is not going to kill anyone in the low doses that are used in some of the toothpaste’s on the market. It is a well known fact that fluoride usage over years has reduced cavities in the population, especialy children. In a small cavity, you can get regeneration. The areas that some of these people are talking about, the dark spots on the top of their molars are staining in the deep pits of the teeth. The pulling is cleaning the stain out. You can not completely heal a deep cavity. You guys can go on and on with your stories but God gave you a certain amount of enamel. Some of us have more on our teeth than ours. Years ago patients would tell me I have weak enamel. That’s not true, it’s the thickness. Some people have a thin layer of enamel and some people are blessed with a thicker layer. Enamel does not regenerate with a big cavity folks. A abcess may stop hurting but it is still there, if a tooth dies the pulp, the main blood supply to the tooth is gone. The canal starts to close off on some of these teeth. Some of the teeth start to resorb at the top of the root and you don’t know it. You may get what is called a fistula which is where some of these people say the tooth stopped hurting. It stopped hurting because the infection found away to escape some where in your mouth. You may not know it because you are doing the oil pulling and you are not seeing the pus coming out. It does not hurt because the pressure from the infection has been released not cured. You can not stop going to a dentist with oil pulling. When you oil pull, yes you are bringing out the bacteria in your mouth. You are also breaking up the biofilm that forms on your teeth within minutes after cleaning your teeth. The film is what the plaque adheres to. It is aways there with the bacteria and all of the other goodies in your saliva. That is why you say your teeth feel so smooth. They stay that way longer with the oil pulling, thus you not building up as much plaque as you maybe were before. The oil also helps with perio disease, gum disease. It is pulling out the bacteria in the pockets around the sulcus, neck of your tooth, thus lowering the inflammation and bleeding. The bad breath can be coming from not brushing your tongue, some of you say you gag and probably can’t brush your tongue because of this. The swishing is also cleaning the papillae on your tongue which will help with the bad breath of some individuals. One more thing I kept reading that bothered me was the lemon water rinse or water. I have sensitive teeth and the oil really helps with this. The lemon water is very acidic and you are kind of defeating the purpose if you go back with the lemon after the oil. Again, I think the areas that the people see that they think they are curing decay especially at the gumline are abrided areas that are stained and they are getting whiter. I just read a study folks and you can not just get by with oil pulling. You need to brush and floss your teeth. Where your teeth contact, the oil is not always going to clean there. I have cleaned a patients teeth and gone to floss and pulled out plaque from the contact area and I have scaled and polished. You need X-rays whether some of you think you don’t . We can’t see through your teeth. We can see shadows on some of the teeth, and don’t lie and tell your hygienist you floss when you don’t because we know. Some of you think we are out for your money and are going to poison you. Some of these remarks are so not true. Don’t scare these people on here with things you truly don’t know. I have 37 years in this profession and I would not work for a unethical Dentist. I have worked with some of the best. We are not monster’s out to get your money. My goal is to keep you healthy, and oil pulling along is not going to do it. Thank you for your time. And another thing, we dental people have amalgam fillings and we aren’t died. These fillings tend to wear out over time. Think about it. Most of you received those first fillings in those molars when you were very young. Most kids get that first filling in those molars around 12 years old. After many years they start to wear out. One lady said something about growing teeth because of grinding. That’s way you will hear us say are you waking up with headaches, are you grinding your teeth, we may need to make you a bite guard. That’s why you see older folks with shorter teeth and they are darker. They have worn them down and the layer under the enamel that some of you think grows back is the dentin. I have a question for God if I get to heaven? Why did he make dentin brown in color so as we get older and our teeth start to wear they get darker? I guess if you have the money you can have beautiful crown work like the movie stars. Hope this answers some of the questions I saw. I know I do have a education and I do know what I am talking about whether you agree with me or not. I will keep doing my oil pulling. I recommended to two of my patients today.

    • Don’t ever believe what a medical profession says not that they are evil but BY GOLLY how dare you say that the education they received was false …lol Its comical how far off they are first the body is always trying to regain homeostasis the body is constantly regenerating itself . I once was talking to the girl at a healthstore and I told her the teeth are living this rude lady in back of me said OMG I’m a dental hygienist and that is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard teeth are not living .. Well that right there shows me they are taught about what makes money and that’s it how the funk can you sit in a school get a degree and not know something as basic as the teeth being alive , if they are dead they would turn colors . I hate when these so called medical professionals announce to the world they are a professional so what they say is the word usually it means they have no clue about the body or nutrition . Dr Weston Price proved you can cure cavities funny how much of this Dentist work was thrown out but people Like Mike Adams and Dr Huggins bring this back

      • Ya know why Mary’s enamel will not grow back and many other she is using toothpaste the flouride and glycerine will stop the teeth from being able to regenerate enamel , even healthfood store toothpaste has glycerine it synthetically coats the teeth and they cannot regenerate you can use bakin soda or a product called toothsoap by the way lemon is not acidic it actually has a PH of 9 which is very alkaline

  206. I’m in. I’ve been pulling for a few weeks. Tried it to alleviate pain in a tooth I’m afraid I need/needed a root canal on. I was in extreme pain and within a day of pulling the pain went away. It still is not right but it isn’t painful. I take the coconut oil and dip it into my xylitol/peppermint toothbrushing compound. The peppermint makes it quite pleasant. Any reason not to do that?
    ANYWAY…I’m here to say my only issue is that I cannot go 20 minutes without talking!!!! As soon as I put it in my mouth I’ve got someone that needs me to talk to them or I need to tell someone something (I have 5 children under 10 -including a 2 year old- and I homeschool!) I tried it while bathing since that should be a quiet time…but even found then someone at the door asking me questions.
    I’m excited about the pain going away and plan to find a way to take that vow of 20 minutes of silence at some point in my day. DON’T call me I might be pulling 😉

  207. Can you add peppermint oil or tea tree oil with the coconut oil to dually serve as a mouthwash?

  208. How long do you have to do this before you begin seeing results?

  209. First, I want to say that when I started oil pulling , I was on the 4th day and as I was flossing a piece of tooth slid right out with the floss. It was in the middle of a molar all the way to the gum line. Very weird place for a tooth to break. It figures cause I really was hooked.
    I started pulling again yesterday and will do it every other day until I see my dentist.
    Tonight, I used a container with compartments that is for beads to make my pre-made chews for oil pulling. It worked like a charm and as long as my teeth stay put I will be very happy!

  210. I have been reading a lot on oil pulling, I have periodontal disease and it’s pretty advanced. I am trying to avoid having them taken out to get fake ones. Today was the 1st day and I have to say the 20 minutes went by quickly. I did however forget NOT to spit in the sink. So I am truly hopeful that oil pulling will help me! I’m so glad I found this page and was able to read everyones experience. Now if anyone knows if this will help the periodontal disease please let me know.

  211. Burning question after reading thru ALL the comments to make sure I don’t repeat a question already asked: Can you use Oil of Oregano instead of the other oils for oil pulling? I’ve been brushing my teeth for years with it… just 2 drops on a damp toothbrush. It’s super for clean gums & fresh breath. Since hearing about oil pulling – I’d prefer to call it oil detoxing – I’ve been using 3-5 drops on my tongue and then start swishing. It foams up pretty fast and I can’t last longer than 6 minutes till I start gagging or spitting it out. What’s your view on this, HealthMama?

    • It sounds a bit strong… maybe mixed with coconut oil would be more comfortable?

  212. By 15 minutes I have so much saliva in my mouth that I can’t really swish anymore, can I do 10 minutes, spit, and 10 minutes more with a new tsp of coconut oil? I just started 3 days ago and I can’t get past 15 minutes.

  213. Yes you can. I have a friend who does do it for 10 minutes and spits out and repeats process for an additional 10 minutes. As long as you do a ttl of 20 minutes. I do this 2 times a day for a ttl of 40 minutes.

  214. Ive had alot of kidney/adrenal problems I had a fr0ont tooth knocked ouyt at age 18 had a bridge pout in there this over yrs started a decline in my health slowly then 20 yrs later had constant adrenal burnout and kidneyu problems trying to regain my health I then read into dental and found out the two front teeth are connected to the kidney/adrenal meridian took the bridge out all my health came back over the nesxt yr had a diffrent bridge made all my kidney/adenal issues came back wondering if this is from a cavitation decided to try OIL pulling , I believe alot in natural therapies though this I wasnt sure how OP could help a cavitation but figured why not try it only beenntwo weeks havent noticed anything with the kidneys beingh better but something huge happen after the 1st week

    I used to box along time and thats how my front tooth got knocked out anyway always had sinus problems because of that . Adter a week of OP I noticed wow my nasal pasaages are opening I always every day have to use salt water in my nose to clear them after a week im not using salt water they seem to be so clear its been 20 yrs sincxe i could breathe this good out of my nose , Only been doing it two weeks but the last week everytime i do it I get so much post nasal drip into the oil I have to spit it out after 10 mins and do a new oil for the last 10 mins , it hasnt done anything for the kidney/adrenals yet but WOW the sinuses seem so clear

  215. I can’t believe how well oil pulling has worked for me. When I first heard about it, I’d been having some trouble feeling like no matter how often I brushed, I always had bad breath (likely due to the massive amounts of coffee I was drinking to get through my 60-80 hour work weeks). A friend of mine told me she’d had a similar issue, and had tried oil pulling. When she explained that she swishes oil in her mouth for 20 minutes a day, I exclaimed, “You’re kidding me!” (Only, I think in much stronger language…) It sounded so bizarre. Fast-forward six months, and one day I found myself sticking a spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth. I haven’t stopped oil pulling since. I’ve tried almost every whitening toothpaste, gel, etc, in the last few years, with no effect. Two weeks of oil pulling, and my teeth are whiter! But that’s a happy side effect. They stay cleaner, are less sensitive, and, after a lifetime of bleeding gums when brushing, my gums no longer bleed. My whole mouth feels cleaner and healthier. And I almost never have bad breath. Oil pulling is pretty phenomenal.

  216. As promised, in my post early March 2015 here is a follow up to my coconut oil pulling. The headaches and sinus pressure stopped after a few days. I missed a 2 day stretch and when I started again, so did the sinus pain and jaw pain. It passed. I went for my quarterly cleaning on 4-7-15, and the first thing the hygienist asked me was, “did you cut back on drinking tea?” I told her no, I am oil pulling. She said I was the second patient to tell her that. She told me my teeth are so white and clean of stains. I told her I only found out that was a benefit of oil pulling, but my main concern was to save my teeth and gums. I had always used a hard bristle toothbrush and scrubbed 4 minutes like my mom told me too. It turns out both she & I have gum deterioration and recession. She had gum grafting in her 40’s. I want to avoid that and only use soft bristle now and brush very gently, but still have to go quarterly for cleaning and deep cleaning every other year. My gum measurements 3 mos ago were 1-3 at best and 4-10 at worst level. I am now at mostly “1-3”, with only two “4”, one “5”, one “6” and one “8”I started 2-28-15 and my results from 4-7-15 are significant. I will post my update in July when I have my next cleaning. I use it at night while watching TV or doing chores. I don’t swish the entire 20 minutes, but only randomly, before spitting it into the garbage, and rinsing with water. So far this is a positive and personal best for me. I wish everyone the same positive results.

  217. Can you use fractionated coconut oil?

  218. I have a cavity that has gone to the pulp and need a root canal. I have not money and my husband was laid off. will oil pulling alleviate the pain? Should i use coconut oil or sesame oil?

  219. Definitely going to have to try this and get my boyfriend on board! His teeth have decayed enamel and prone to getting cavities no matter how much he brushes! My teeth are stained from coffee, and his from smoking, so hopefully this will help with some of our issues!

    ps. Good Lord, there are so many comments on this post, it took me 3 days to scroll to the bottom!! 😉

    I tried oil pulling for the first time a couple of weeks ago. While doing so, my husband came into the bathroom and started brushing his teeth. I tried to signal to him, and explain (as best as I could), that I was oil pulling (something we had recently talked about trying). When I did so, I happened to breath in a tiny bit of oil (only was using about a teaspoon or less). I coughed and spit out my mouthful of coconut oil mixed with saliva into the sink. I tried to take a breath in, but couldn’t. I left the room, as I didn’t want my husband to get stressed, which would stress me even more. I tried to relax, keeping in mind that any tension will only cause my heart rate to go up…thus requiring more air. I was trying my darndest to keep cool, but pretty soon I needed air so bad, that I was sucking air in as hard as I could, with very little result. I finally went up to my husband, who by this time was very worried, as I was only making long wheezing sounds. He still had no idea that I had choked on coconut oil, and didn’t know what to do. I kept struggling and making long, inhaling, wheezing sounds, until finally my windpipe opened bit by bit. By the time I was able to talk and explain myself, my husband was completely freaked out. We both thought I was dying! Oh my goodness…if any of you should ever oil pull, be careful not to accidentally breath it in! This was by far the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me, and the oil literally blocked any air from getting in. I’ve heard the same can happen with other oils, so be careful of them too. I’ve also since read that many children have died from breathing coconut oil in. One can also get pneumonia from such an incident, which can be impossible to treat, due to the nature of the oil…Yikes! Needless to say, I’ve been too chicken to try oil pulling again, which is too bad since I had so been looking forward to trying it. Keep in mind that I inhaled such a small amount, as I spit the rest out. Anyway, I hope the rest of you never have to experience such a situation. Thank you so much for you blog, and God bless!

    • Yeah you really don’t need to be doing that…….I have been using this technique for the past 12 years and have actually stopped going to the dentist because every year it is the same thing, plaque free and no cavities. Try this method………you will need to buy a water pick water flosser….they are only about $30 in Walmart (on sale for $20) and get a firm toothbrush to……..in a small jar like a baby food jar mix a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with your coconut oil…….shake it to mix properly before each use……fill the water pik with warm water and a cap full of mouth wash like Listerine and you are ready……..shake the coconut oil…..dip your brush in and brush your teeth thoroughly for 5 minutes…..clean everywhere and don’t miss a spot……..don’t forget to use the edge of the bristles to brush along the gum line…….DO NOT SWALLOW!!……now rinse your mouth with warm water a few times…….next use the water pik with a full reservoir and water floss your gums and teeth with the highest pressure you can stand from back to front over and over until the reservoir is empty….rinse with a mouthful of warm water…….you are done!!! This whole routine takes about 10 minutes…..you only have to do the water pik in the morning,………I do it at night before bed as well but that is up to you…..just be sure to brush after lunch and dinner with the coconut/baking soda mix and rinse well with a diluted mouthwash/warm water mix. The idea is to loosen the plaques and bacteria with the coconut/baking soda mix and then flush the mess out with the water pik. I guarantee your mouth will feel amazing, your teeth will look whiter, your breath will be fresher and your dentist will hate you.

      • Can i ask if this helps with receeding gums?

        • Jac: Yes, it does! That’s the main reason I started oil pulling. I’ve been doing it about six months and I think within a couple of months you will see some improvement. I only have a couple of teeth left where the gums are not as previous level and one may not ever come around, it’s kind of a snaggle (crooked) tooth but fortunately on the bottom so not very noticeable!

          Please keep at it, try to do it every day and you should be wondering why you weren’t doing it previously! 😉

  221. After my yearly cleaning, I found that my gum has deterioration and worry If I have periodontitis. Although two dentists told me there was nothing wrong with my teeth. And one even claimed that my uncomfortable feelings are because I have mental problem. Well, Even though you cannot find out Why I keep feeling my gum is aching, you cannot accuse your patient has mental problems. I’m done talking with dentists. If they cannot fix it, I fix.
    Then, I search for awhile. I find oil pulling and some Chinese medicine teeth powder are recommended.
    And now, I tried the oil pulling for about 2weeks with organic coconut oil, but I still feel those aching and nothing else.
    I want know how long do it take to make my gum healthy again? And should I change my oil?

  222. Oil pulling is amazing! Although my husband and I do it a bit differently—the swishing with a mouthful of oil made us gag. I just put my Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a little bottle, squirt it on my toothbrush and then brush with just plain oil twice a day. It works SO well that my husband’s terrible plaque buildup between his bottom teeth dissolved within about 2 weeks—no scraping and no dentist.

  223. I was curious, I currently have a chipped tooth and a receding gum line which I have to get a skin graph for. If I did the oil pulling with my unrefined coconut oil could this possibly help not only lessen the skin receding process, but make the tooth and gums healthier before I do go to the dentist to get this major procedure done?

    • RE the receding gum line most definitely! I had an issue w/ that and mine have come back except for one tooth, but it’s just a matter of time. Just keep at it, I’ve been doing this, almost six months now, almost every night without fail. I think I missed doing it one time.

  224. So I just started this (I love coconut oil and it has been making its way throughout my life and health routine now that I can obtain it more easily) and have found that the tooth where I have the most sensitivity bleeds a bit during this. Is that normal? I am hoping this may help that tooth (along with the night guard I will be getting for night-clenching). I’ve been holding and swishing before brushing my teeth and while I’m doing my morning routine. I then brush normally and yes, I still see the dentist and the hygienists there are very curious, in a good way – they’re interested, to see if there will be a difference in six months or so. 🙂

    Also, what can I do with the used coconut oil? Can I add it to the garden, at least? It just feels wasteful to not repurpose it.

    • You could try adding to your garden, I don’t think it would hurt…

      • I’m not an expert in this, but everyone says that the used oil is full of toxins. I would do everything I can to avoid toxins in the garden (as well as everywhere else), so I wouldn’t put it in my garden or yard. There’s a possibility that it might be okay to put it in a compost pile that gets really “hot”, but I’m not even sure that that’s safe.

  225. I have a question. For how long, and how often should I do this therapy in order to keep mouth bacteria that causes cavities at bay? I have started only a couple of days ago. I experienced the most detox symptoms on the first day including diarrhea, and flu like symptoms (fever, congestion, headache, and pain all over my body) all which went away by the time I went to sleep. I can tell it is making a difference, and I’m so thankful I found your blog. I have taken care of my teeth obsessively (according to my hubby) the conventional way. It’s NOT working. Time to take a different approach. Thank you for providing us with the tools we need to take charge.

    • Do it for as long as you can. Every time you do it you’re helping your body to better health. I’ve been doing it for six months and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

      Remember when people started getting their tonsils taken out? Then we found out that’s not a good idea because the tonsils keep a lot of bad bacteria out of our stomach. Oil pulling is doing the same thing which should make us healthier and with other good benefits one would think.

      If you get tired of doing it just take a sabbatical. But taking 20 minutes a day to do this beats going to dentists, for me anyway, for any kind of treatment no matter if it’s a cleaning, but esp for something serious like cavities and/or root canals.

      • Thank you for the response Clemente!!

  226. Hi,
    So I’m gonna give this a try. I’m curious as to what the importance is about doing it on an empty stomach or before breakfast. I seem to have more time for this in the evenings before bed. I figure I’ll still benefit but why do they say to do it specifically before breakfast? Thanks!

  227. I do it in the evenings, near bedtime. I don’t think it matters.

  228. For receding gums whats best, oil pulling in the evening or in the morning? Or both?

  229. For all the dental “hygienists” posting telling people fluoride is safe, baking soda is terribly abrasive, mercury amalgams are safe or that oil pulling is not effective and that multiple x-rays a year is just dandy…it’s totally fine that you hold to these falsehoods – you’re just completely wrong.

    If there is an organization slightly less harmful than the AMA, it is the ADA. We need neither group. I’m glad to see people are catching on. This is why we are seeing corporate-driven legislation like we have been seeing in the last 10 years that are mandating people to purchase insurance regardless of need and yet still leaves people in need without help (only in the U.S.A). People are catching on.

    So everybody oil pull & if it doesn’t work for you it won’t harm you! So find out for yourself, give it 6 weeks. Make your own toothpaste with coconut oil and baking soda (avoid the glycerin!), and do floss. When you need to replace fillings, consider getting clear amalgams. By-the-book “hygienists” will roll their eyes when you want to avoid mercury fillings because they have their own finances to worry about. Read about mercury fillings. Must you play roulette with heavy metals? That’s up to you.

    Lastly, when you brush your teeth do not push hard. Make light, tiny circular motions…which brings me to the last point…when your “”hygienist” strongly suggests you get an electric toothbrush, ask what their kickback is from the one supplier they have – maybe you can golf with them in Myrtle Beach next year! But in this case consider finding someone who is a little less prone to corporatist motives. Good dentists are out there – a solid litmus is they won’t be offended by your curiosity and interest in avoiding poisons.

    Be well.

    • I wish I had time 2 share my recent horror story but the jist is I’m on medicare so I have no dental insurance. I noticed a large knot on my back gum as I was getting my cleaning which the dentist claimed was an abscess. I questioned that because it’s hard and smooth with no drainage. I had been doing oil pulling maybe 3 months and it was helping with the dry mouth due to medications. Long story short everyone I spoke with about oil pulling has shunned it or claimed to have no knowledge of this practice.

      Be aware as posted above dentists are in business and they are charging us thousands giving us incorrect advice and keeping us coming back knowing that oral health has a huge impact on our entire health. Anything natural and beneficial is the way we should be going to care for ourselves. Do your own research and keep the blogs going so we can remain informed as the Dr’s and dentists battle the insurance for money we the people suffer and go broke. Sorry for standing in my soapbox.

  230. Hi, is oil pulling with coconut oil and oil of oregano safe for nursing mums? I have tooth decay that I wanna try treating without going for a filling at the dentist. Supplementing with fermented cod liver oil that you wrote about too!

  231. Imagine if everyone on here spent 20 minutes a day on oral care in the years before starting this pulling trend…. Most dental problems are a from a lack of flossing and eating to much carbs/sugar … Which begin breaking down in your mouth and get lodged between your teeth. Everyone should eliminate drinks with sugar, no more candy, floss twice a day and in general eat less carbs…

    Will try this anyways.

  232. I’ve tried oil pulling for 6 months now and I just recently visited my Dentist and I was completely shock that I don’t need of any filling procedure. Simply amazing and I will continue to oil pull every single day.

    • Hi did you suffered from cavities, can you share your experience in Detail, what was it before 6 months ?

  233. About half way through my mouth gets so full that it almost hurts and feel like its gonna explode. Is it okay to spit some of it out to make room and continue?

  234. Hello,

    I am 24years,

    I am the perfect piece to try this, I have been suffering from a lot of REALLY a lot of cavities , almost my all molars have it, I got one of my molar extracted and the other one has gone two times under root canal,

    I quit brushing and started using Ayurvedic Powders from local stores, they seem to have reduced pain It has been almost 2 years and no new cavities, but the Past one do not heal :(.

    My mother is suffering from gingvities and loose gums, she cannot go for cleaning as the Teeths will come out 🙁

    Today I am starting with oil pulling, I have both seasame and Cocunut oil, I will start with Cocunut oil today, I have also recommended to my mother.

    I will try to give review as fast as I can see a change.

    Thanks welness mama for blog.

    • Hello Mama,

      So today morning was my first day , I took about 1 spoon of pure coconut oil I got near by and swished in my mouth for 20 minutes without any problem,

      I saw many people claiming that it is hard to go to 20 minutes at first ,how much quantity were they taking ?

      after about 10 minutes the oil has mixed with mouth water and become double its quantity,

      after 20 minutes I spit that in toilet , the liquid was full WHITE in color .

      After that I massaged with my normal tooth powder as usual.

      Am I doing it in right way , Can I drink Tea and breakfast right after this ?

    • Good luck Siddharth, you have nothing to lose!

      I’m 44 and have a number of (white) fillings. They were amalgam (mercury) to start with but as soon as I could afford the white fillings (when I started working) I replaced the amalgam fillings once they started to wear. Also a couple of my teeth have minor cracks. At my last dental appointment (January this year) I was so annoyed that I had to have a small filling (new cavity).

      I found this blog a day or so later. Since then I have been swishing with coconut oil for 20 mins every morning. For the first 2 days I had a fairly severe headache but once this passed I was fine. My breath is fresher (wasn’t so bad in the first place to be honest) but my teeth are definitely brighter and the small gaps between my teeth are more obvious, cleaner and I have far less tartar / plaque overall. I rarely flossed before even though my hygienist would tell me to! I now floss every few days, especially if I’ve eaten meat. I also use homemade toothpaste (a mix of bicarb of soda, coconut oil and spearmint oil).

      Let us know how you and your mum get on!

  235. I have tried gargling with Olive Oil (EVO) today for the first time ever and it was very very very very very very disgusting 🙁 but it felt like I have a cleaner mouth. Didn’t reach 15 or 20 minutes so . I guess I had the oil for only 10-12 minutes in my mouth . I throw up. Would that still work even it was less than 20 minutes ?

  236. Hi jane,

    I have beenn doing this for few days with cocunut oil , it wont work if you do less then 15 minutes as it will take some time to make it white and pul toxin

    By the way try cocunut oil , it doesnt have any taste issues with me.

  237. I’m new to oil pulling. I’m trying to heal receding gums and a little decay. Where the gums have receded and exposed the top part of the teeth, some of them have areas that look like decay – darker. I’ve been using a couple of drops of Melaleuca and Peppermint EO and will be ordering Myrrh this week. I’ve read that Myrrh can heal receding gums. Does anyone have testimonies regarding using Essential Oils and pulling?

    • Barb: I would be VERY leery of using essential oils for this. I have a friend who is a holistic practitioner and he has told me to NEVER ingest EO and you will if you use it for oil pulling no matter how little. Plus essential oils should not be put on the skin directly, rather should be mixed with a carrier oil.

      Just use coconut oil. I had the same issue as you, with receding gums, and if you stay at it you will see improvement in a month and hopefully be back to normal in 3 to 4 months. Do it every night or day, be diligent, tell yourself your reward is improved health because it will be.

      Hope you’re not a smoker, if so, please try to quit with all your power!

  238. I have been doing now for 15 days, I do daily 20 minutes, no improvement till now (in pain what I have with cavities), and yesterday one of my new gum got hurt even while soft brushing and started bleeding.

    I don’t know what I am missing 🙁

    but I have lot of hope with this now… and its in my habit now , I can even do it for 50 minutes LOL 🙂

    I will continue to use and let you know my update in next comment 🙂

  239. After skeptically doing my first cc oil pull, I am astonished by the whitening effect. I had refrigerated my oil as it was liquefying at our warm room temperatures. After a few minutes, it stopped feeling strange, and the scent was actually pleasant. I was reading some of the comments and I ran out of time far before I got halfway through them. I am in my early sixties, a retired nurse, and have numerous debilitating medical issues. I am a walking pharmacy . Once more I am giving achieving optimal health the ‘old college try’. My teeth feel great without all the aftertaste of whitening toothpaste that hasn’t been as effective and a lot more expensive than my cc oil. My mouth also doesn’t feel dried out as it usually does.
    I have an 11 year old mini beagle w ho I love very much. Her teeth are in horrible shape, but I cannot even think about affording a dental cleaning for her. I am going to try using cc oil to brush her teeth with some soft finger brushes I ordered from a pet supply company. I know she won’t be able to swish and spit, but I think it just might help her teeth. I wish I’d known about cc oil a few years ago:) Has anyone had any success with their companion animals oral health using cc oil? I know she likes the taste of it, and will lick it for a good while.
    This is the first time I have seen this site, and I find it most interesting.

  240. I noticed you have a lot of stuff in your daily oral regimen. Could you tell us step by step what you do including your homemade tooth powder, activated charcoal, brushing blend and oil pulling. I am confused as to where it all goes.

  241. I’m glad I found your site yesterday! So kind of you to offer natural ways to stay healthy. May I comment briefly on topics in these comments? I have been RN x 25 years, and unfortunately learned to distrust medical and dental professionals.
    1. Research yourself, asking friends or via internet searches or books.
    2. Get second opinion. After an honest dentist told me what some dentists do, and after the scam of dental care on public assistance receipients, I would always get second opinions. If it was NOT the same, I held off on the procedure. Ie, a cavity on left side, a cavity on roght side. Neither filling was done, and this was 20 years ago!
    3. An old man told me he rinsed with half strength hydrogen peroxide, never had a cavity (over 90 yr old). Why not believe him? Cheaper than $150 for a filling.
    4. Advise not to get porcelain caps on molars, too rigid and it will crack. My dentist said I should get gold (malleable).
    5. Unfortunately, health care IS a money-making business, “buyer beware” so please make your OWN informed decisions. I have worked in several fields of nursing, and there ARE unnecessary delays of care, unnecessary surgeries, and unnecessary cancer treatments being done. Don’t take an adversarial position, just win your caregiver over with kindness and respect, hope for the best, and have a friend nearby to witness what is said and done.

  242. I have braces but I’m looking for a way to whiten my teeth and get rid of plaque. If I used this with braces would it leave the area covered by braces unaffected and whiten the rest? Because once I get them off I don’t want an unwhitened line.

    • The orthodontist asked my daughter to stop doing oil pulling until the braces come off. The reason is because it smooths the teeth and the brackets could come off. Hope this helps..

  243. I would love to do this but I really do not have the time even if I’m doing something else at the same time. Would it be beneficial still if I did it for only ten minutes a day? Please please please reply. I really wNt to start this!!!

    • Yes, it would. 20 is best, but 10 would still help.

    • Yes you can. I started out doing it for 10 minutes once a day. As of 9/1 I have been doing it for 2 yrs. As time goes on it will get better. A matter of fact I am doing it right now while I am responding to you. Now I do it 2x a day for 20 minutes. I even have caught myself going over the 20 minutes because I get busy doing other things. I do it in the morning while I am in the shower. I also use the coconut oil as a lotion. I do it usually an hour before I go to bed. I love the great results..

  244. Thanks wellness mama

  245. I have been pulling for almost a year – but can’t get past about 10 minutes as I get a tickle in my throat and have to cough (and therefore spit it out). Is it beneficial to just put another spoonful in for the rest of the time period or am I done?

  246. just tried oil pulling this morning.
    Could only do 10 minutes but I suppose I will work myself up to 20 minutes over the next day or so. I did soften the coconut oil first which made it easier. I also walked around outside (In the yard) with a cup of salt water so that I could spit and rinse, if need be, quicker, and I did! (Not very appealing to my neighbors I’m sure) lol! My problem is sinus drainage in the morning and I need to keep bringing that up. It does stop after I’m upright for a while. Unfortunately, it interfered with the pulling this morning. I must say it was not as bad as I expected. You read so many varied opinions that you really don’t know what to anticipate. I say just try it and you’ll be your best testimony. I really am excited to continue this daily regimen (20 minutes) to see if this will not only help my oral hygiene but improve, if not alleviate my sinus and allergies all together. Hey, you never know!

    • That is great Brenda! You gotta start small then work your way up. I could not do it for the whole 20 minutes when I first started. I have been doing it for 2 yrs this month. I do it twice a day 20 min. Yes it is a regimen I do daily. If it’s not done daily you will not get the results you are looking for.

      I use Nature’s Way organic extra virgin coconut oil. Is the only one I have used. It’s the best one..

    • Brenda: For your allergies/sinus issues, try dropping some peppermint essential oil (5 or 6 drops) onto a handkerchief or bandana then inhaling that for four or five deep breaths. And repeat if you feel like your sneezing or getting stuff or problems w/ nasal drip. My friend who is a naturalist healer recommended that to me and it REALLY helps. Also look into stinging nettles tea and supplements.

  247. I’m oil pulling right now reading this article and comments. Makes the 20 minutes go by rather fast. 🙂

  248. Has anyone tried his with fractionated coconut oil? I use it (it’s the liquid coconut oil) with my essential oils for mixing. I’ve tried oil pulling with it, wondering if the solid is better? I think it’s cheaper! Thanks

  249. Well, now I am more confused than ever after reading all of these comments! My 22 year old daughter JUST told me about oil pulling, but in the context of getting whiter teeth. She can’t afford to have her teeth professionally whitened and was thinking about that, and encouraged me to do the same. While I was on Amazon (ordering Glade scented oil refills-of all things) and I also came across “Majestic Pure” Fractionated Coconut Oil (apparently it doesn’t harden at room temperature). When I was reading about the product in the comments it recommended adding a drop of pure organic lemon oil and baking soda. Have any of you tried adding lemon oil to it? I wonder if it would help the taste. I have never had any luck with any kinds of supplements or holistic type of healing for myself or my children. And I feel like I have tried everything out there-from Cranial-Sacral therapy for my ADHD son, along with aromatherapy, supplements, everything you can think of for him, and have tried so many different kinds of herbs and supplements for myself for weight loss, general health, and too many other things to think of. I can’t think of a single time that anything has worked. All of that being said, I am not opposed to trying oil pulling with the sole purpose of whitening my teeth, but I am very sceptical that it would do anything else for me. If I do go forward and use this method to whiten my teeth, can anyone tell me if they have used the brand of coconut oil I mentioned, and also if anyone has used lemon oil with their coconut oil. Thank you so much in advance for your help.

  250. I’ve searched through all the comments… How exactly do you spit this out?

    I’ve tried spitting in the trash, but it leaks eventually and causes a huge mess. Spitting in the toilet causes awful black mold looking dirt around the bowl (no idea how/why this happens.) Spitting in a paper cup and waiting for it to solidify is extremely wasteful. Spitting into a jar or jug that you’re going to throw away eventually and waiting for it to fill is just disgusting (tried this, and it has an awful smell after a couple of days.)

    Any other suggestions? I love oil pulling and have been doing it for a year, but I’m at my wits end with the by-product!

    • I have been over 2 yrs. I love oil pulling too. I have amazing results.

      I always spit mine in the trash can. I have not had any issues with it leaking any where. What kind of trash bags do you have? We have thick ones hefty kitchen bags. We use the generic ones from Walmart. Please do not spit it down any drains. It causes the pipes to clog very badly. I am not sure about the toilet. I have even spit it out into a lil zip lock sandwich baggy and thrown it in the kitchen trash. The generic ones.

      I hope that works better for you. Keep up the great work with the oil pulling.

  251. Oil pulling works, been doing this for about 5 weeks now, 20 minutes a day with virgin coconut oil. Just got back from the dentist and my teeth have never been whiter and healthier. Especially in the gum pockets, received the highest score ever. Previously was a 6 and scored a 1 this time. Also, definitely kills off the bacteria, no more bad breath.

  252. Why wouldn’t teeth heal…. the teeth are not bone, (bone heals too)…. they are epidermis…..skin…..healthy skin…..healthy teeth, I love the coconut oil regimen….my daughter shared this information with me a few months ago and I began the oil pulling, not however for the suggested 20 minutes, busy, busy….. sensitivity has lessened significantly , I had one spot in particular that is much less sensitive. my teeth feel good and I enjoy the texture and flavor of the coconut oil

    • I think that is great. I started out by doing it for 10 minutes once a day in the beginning. Now over 2 yrs later I am now doing it 20 min twice a day. Sometimes I go over my 20 minutes. I get busy doing other things and forget about it. The best part is my husband and daughter will try and have conversations with me while it is in my mouth. So I Start humming. The funny part is they both know what I am trying to say. Lol

  253. I have enjoyed the oil pulling. It didn’t take long to get to 20 mins and I’m a person very sensitive to smells and textures when putting things in my mouth. I noticed with excitement that it made my breath better as I suffer from dry mouth due to medications. Another thing was it lifted my spirits I also deal with depression some clinical some due to medication side effects but once I had been doing the oil pulling with coconut oil for about 2 months there was a definite difference in my mood and energy level. The only thing that was of concern is they thought I had an abscess but it turns out to be some type of tumor that was biopsied yesterday. …do you think it still safe to continue oil pulling until they determine what is going on? I currently have a few stitches so should I stop until stitches are removed and then resume? If I have to have chemo will the oil pulling help reduce the toxins from the meds? Every time I mention oil pulling to the processionals they say they are not familiar with the process and don’t see any medical benefits of doing so but they don’t think it is harmful. Sorry for the long post I wanted to get the best answer possible so I provided as much info as I thought helpful.

    • I would personally wait until the stitches had healed at least just to be safe… And I was going to suggest asking your doctor to be safe, but you already did that 🙂
      I’d still absolutely check with any specialist you see to be sure and make sure they don’t see a problem with using it before continuing. Also- hope the tumor turns out to be benign and completely fine and that you recover quickly! *hugs*

      • Thank you for the well wishes and advice I’ll keep you updated.

      • Just curious…how can we get to the latest posts and replies without scrolling from top through all 600+ comments. I’m trying to keep up with new posts but would like to see new replies as well. Am I doing something wrong. ..I clicked on the comments link in the email notice that says a new response has been posted. Thank you.

    • I hope it all comes out benign. I would definitely stop using it until the stitches are out. It may loosen the stitches before it is time for them to come out. I have been doing oil pulling for over 2 yrs now. I have several different results from doing it. I can only go off of my results. I am not a medical provider. Oil pulling is great for the immune system. I used to get bronchitis and pneumonia every February for the last 5 yrs. This is the first yr I did not get it. It has also whitened my teeth. I also had a really bad tooth that was missing more than 1/2 of the tooth. I found out about it 2 yrs ago. I went searching online to find a home remedy to fix it. Then I heard about wellness momma. I read several yrs ago that the best organic coconut oil to use is Nature’s Way extra virgin coconut oil. I have been using it since day one. Now that tooth is almost completely healed. I have also been on numerous of medications so I can relate to the dry mouth and dry sockets. I even have several pitted teeth because of a long surgery and lots of oxygen dried out my sockets. I used to have sensitive teeth. A matter of fact I thought I had a cap fall off one of my tooth’s. I went saw a dentist and found out I needed a root canal. I never felt any pain. I had no idea what was going. Yes, I have had them before so I know how painful it can be. I also used this to detox with. I started out doing this 1 time a day for 10 minutes. I have since then worked my way up to doing it 2x a day. I have actually gone over my 20 minutes. It freshens my breath. I do not wake up with morning breath. I know you already checked with your medical doctor.
      This message is not intended for medical advice. This is my personal experience.

      • Thank you Tanya

        • You are very welcome. Please keep me posted too. Once the stitches come out. I would go back to oil pulling. It is so great for you.

          • Tanya
            I will keep you updated I appreciate your advice and concern. I would much rather heal naturally than chemically and coconut oil seems to have so many helpful uses with the added benefit of my love of the smell and flavor

  254. I don’t mind doing the oil pulling with the coconut oil but I notice that my lips seem to be unusually dry. Is it possible that the coconut oil is the cause? Would another oil be better: Could I use avocado oil?

    • I have never had that problem. I have been doing it over 2 yrs now. If you live in a cold place. The weather may have something to do with it. What type of coconut oil do you use? I even use it on my lips too. As lotion all over my body too. I use Nature’s Way organic extra virgin coconut oil. I have never used any other kind. I use it all the time as a lotion, make-up remover, and for my hair. I love the results I get from it. Hope this helps.

      • Thanks Tanya. I’ve used a couple of different kinds of organic coconut oils with similar results. I have noticed a couple of blogs talking about how it might be drying for some people and maybe I’m one of them. Thanks for the info as it’s a way to start collecting comparisons.

  255. Well that didn’t work. How do you swish for twenty mins !! and not swallow. Swallowed mine right off . It’s a natural reflex to swallow. Nothing left to swish. Didn’t make it to the count of ten and down the hatch. LOL

    • It takes a little practice, I guess. I didn’t have to think about it much when I started, since I have been gargling liquids since I was a small child, but if you are not used to the feeling, then you will have to practice being deliberate about not swallowing it at first.

    • What helps me is I tip my head forward and use my tounge to touch the roof of my mouth to block the back of my throat a little bit. Over the years of doing this I have learned to control it. Every so often I feel like I do. But while I’m oil pulling I keep myself busy doing other things that I do not think about it. I take showers or go on my lap top. Hope this helps

  256. Thanks a lot for all ur cmmnts.. I hav a severe pain with my teeth.. N also hav marks on my teeth.. Does this oil pulling helps me in reducng d pain n marks..

  257. I have a concern about oil pulling that has not been talked about anywhere else. I notice that when I’m oil pulling, there is a crease that appears below the lower lip and above my chin. It’s known as a chin crease or mental crease. My concern is that oil pulling will make this horizontal line more pronounced in a similar way one gets crows feet from squinting. What are your thoughts about this?

  258. Wow! There are a lot of comments here, and I’m sorry that I haven’t taken the time to read through them all. I just this morning tried oil pulling for the first time! I used about 2 tsp of coconut oil and swished for the full 20 minutes. Wow! I have to say, I was feeling a bit nauseous after about 10 minutes, but stuck it out and am glad I did. I don’t think I’m going to practice this daily, but probably weekly with natural toothpaste and regular brushing and flossing. I’m hoping to eliminate as many dentist appointments as possible!! 🙂

    Thank you for posting and for being so honest about taking the time to pray in the morning while oil pulling. I love connecting with Christian women interested in whole living and a natural healthstyle! Very best to you and God bless!

  259. Katie- Wellness Mama
    Are you still oil pulling? And if so have you seen added benefits to continued use?

      • Do you know if it is ok to do oil pulling if you have fillings in your mouth? I didn’t know if it somehow affected them or pulled heavy metals out?


        • Check with your dentist if you’re worried about it, but I have without issue…

          • I wouldn’t check with any dentist unless they are from India and/or they’re into natural healing. Dentists in Murica buy right into the fluoride propaganda and other practices, without doing any of their own investigative work. Kudos to those dentists who do expose the danger of the chemicals they use and the masses do through commercial toothpaste, polishes, etc.

  260. I recently started oil pulling and was daunted by the 20 minute time limit but here are a few suggestions:

    1. Some sites say from 5-20 minutes. So, don’t feel like there is a magic pill at the end of 20 minutes. Try for 5 minutes for a few days. Then increase by a few minutes until you get to 20.

    2. I don’t try and swish one mouthful for 20 straight minutes. Instead, I take a teaspoon of coconut oil; swish as long as I can and then spit. I then take another teaspoon and repeat. I do this until I’ve completed 20 minutes.

    3. Make sure to melt the coconut oil. It’s very simple and makes a world of difference.

    Another thing I want to address is dentists. I have not seen a dentist since I was a child. I have never had a tooth cleaning in my life. I try to use as little commercial toothpaste as possible and I have never had a cavity. In fact, I’ve never even had a toothache. Both my brothers and my Dad are the same way.

    On the flip side: Both my mother and my sister go to the dentist on a regular basis. They brush with flouride toothpaste every day and do what they are told. They both have a mouthful of cavities. They are constantly having toothaches or teeth removed. Every time my mother sees her dentist, he finds another multi-thousand dollar procedure to perform on her. Now they are both having their teeth removed a few at a time and replaced at their dentist recommendation.

    I am 58 years old and I think I’ll keep doing things the natural way. I’ve added Oil Pulling to my routine and am excited to experience the benefits!

    • How do you know that you’ve never had a cavity if you’ve never been to a dentist? Cavities don’t hurt until they are very advanced.

  261. does it really work ? i mean it’s so weird 😛

    • It does indeed! I have been oil pulling for about a year and my teeth are super white with no plaque.. It is a great detox. I pull and then spit into small medicine cup and wrap it in a plastic shower cap and dispose of it in the trash. If it goes down the drain it will harden..and clog..I pull and then swish salt water or warm water with baking soda and then brush with raw organic honey or baking soda whichever one I have handy..I still floss out of habit..

  262. I just had a visit to the dentist yesterday. I told her I had been doing oil pulling for the past year and I asked if my gum health had improved. She was very supportive and said she did see an improvement. I’m 60, when gum problems show up as a part of the aging process. I also had no cavities this time, and I usually have at least one every time I go to the dentist. I have also added bone broth daily in the past year and I believe that has helped my overall health.

  263. What is bone broth and do you add it to your coconut oil?

  264. I tried this today, first time. I chose Olive oil. I don’t think I even made it to 5 mins. I couldn’t stand the saliva pooling up in my mouth 🙂

    I just want to say, since I saw a lot of Dental Hygienist posts here, about my own personal experience with Oral Care.

    After a period of fasting , I noticed that my teeth became very sensitive. This was a beverage only fast, so I drank Coffee and flavoured cream. ( Sugar overload).

    My teeth remained sensitive to cold, hot for months.
    My gums began to burn, it felt like my mouth was on fire.

    I switched to Organic Toothpaste….especially Tom’s Simply White.
    Immediately my sensitivity lessened, and my gums stopped burning and my mouth felt so clean.
    One day while at a friends, I used chemical toothpaste again, and my gums began to burn again.
    I can’t believe some of you continue to advocate Chemical toothpaste, and fluoride.

  265. I accidentally swallowed coconut oil after oil pulling for roughly 15 minutes! Is it dangerous, and what can I do to fix it?!

    • Oh no! I don’t think that is a good thing. It is filled with bacteria! Are you feeling alright now?

      • I was feeling okay after it thankfully! I was just worrying in case! Thanks 🙂

    • Rachel: It’s not going to kill you. Most of it will just get processed out of your “daily duty” on the porcelain throne, but I wouldn’t want to make a habit out of doing that.

      Just get better at it! 😉

      • Thanks Clemente! Panic over, haha I’ll do my best! 🙂

  266. Is there any concern if you have braces? or other dental “equipment”? I have a lingual wire behind my front bottom teeth (leftover after having braces to keep those teeth from being forced back by my top jaw. I can’t imagine it would make a difference, but hadn’t read any comments about braces. I will probably try this soon – first impulse is for teeth whitening (too many years of coffee & tea), but will see about the health benefits as I do suffer from sinus headaches and migraines. thanks.

  267. I am going to try oil pulling with coconut oil to see if my teeth get whiter. Should the coconut oil be in a solid or liquid state when I try this? The coconut oil, when solid is white, so is that why it helps with whiter teeth? Mine currently is in liquid state (not white at all) stored at in my house. Should I refrigerate it first then oil pull? All I want to test is the white teeth benefit.

  268. okay if I’m allergic to coconut can I still oil pull? I mean I’m not ingesting it…
    I really want to try this but, I’m just not sure.

  269. My question… que no los dos? 🙂

    Is there some problem or conflict that occurs if I would like to brush my teeth in the modern fashion, then afterwards oil pull in the traditional fashion?

    • It won’t be as effective if you oil pull after brushing…

  270. I’ve been doing oil pulls for over 25 years and have studied alternative medicine for the same length of time. Oil pulling is a sure method of getting rid of bacteria, oral infections in the mouth which have been related to heart disease. Even the medical industry research says this. The mouth is the first line of defense against bacteria, if it passes the mouth it goes into your body. You don’t want that. These directions in this article, are the best I’ve seen. As far as disposal, I use a baggy spit it all into the bag, seal it with a twist tie and put in the garbage. Do not swallow it, its full of bacteria. I use sunflower oil as it is the one that’s been recommended for decades and works very well. Your mouth will remain bacteria free, infections will go away, your body won’t be subjected to toxins. It even reduces inflammation in the body, so for less than 10.00 you can save thousands at the dentists. Of course, dentists don’t want you to know that, or you won’t finance their summer home in France. Stop feeding into the mainstream of the medical business, they just want your money.

  271. Thank you. Very good prepared report.
    “The oil traditionally used in oil pulling is organic sesame oil, and this is also the oil that has been the most studied for use in oil pulling.”
    Then what makes you prefer coconut oil to sesame oil? I see no price difference between both of them.

  272. can i use non hydrogenated coconut oil for oil pulling