Oil Pulling: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

Oil Pulling: What It Is & Why You Should Do It

This ancient practice cleanses your mouth to transform the health of your entire body.

Besides improving your oral health, cosmetically speaking— whiter, more glossy teeth and healthy pink gums—oil pulling can rid your body of toxins and bacteria hiding in the nooks and crannies of your mouth. Dentists who practice holistic and biological dentistry believe that each tooth is connected to an organ. That means if there is something ‘not quite right’ with a tooth, it will be reflected in another part of the body.

Oil pulling also rids your mouth of bacteria that can lead to problems of oral health. According to a study in the Journal of Oral Health and Community Dentistry, this simple practice reduced gingivitis by 52-60% and cut plaque by 18-30%!

Not sure how to get started? Try these simple steps:

How To

  1. Put 1-2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth (coconut oil, sesame, sunflower, etc.) I recommend starting with coconut oil. It is the most mild when it comes to flavor, which is a major deal when you’re just getting used to holding oil in your mouth for a matter of minutes.
  2. Start swishing! Work the oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, being sure to pull it through your teeth. Go wash some dishes, take a shower, or work through a few yoga poses while you pull. Just keep swishing!
  3. Spit out the oil—it should be a milky color at this point. If your mouth feels oily or if the oil is still clear, you didn’t pull long enough. I recommend spitting it in the toilet because you can just flush it down and it won’t create oily build-up as it would in the drain and pipes of the sink.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm water (some prefer warm salt water) to remove any residue.
  5. Brush as usual.

Important Tips

  • Oil pull on an empty stomach—first thing in the morning works best.
  • Find something to do while you’re pulling. This will help the 15-20 minutes pass, easily.
  • Don’t swallow the oil. It has been absorbing toxins and pathogens.
  • Brush your teeth after pulling to ensure a thorough clean.

Have you tried oil pulling? What are some tips you might add? What oil do you prefer?

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About UNI KEY Health

The team at Uni Key Health Systems is committed to helping others take control of their health and wellness. We practice what we preach and believe health is one of the greatest gifts. We are led by founder James Templeton who founded UNI KEY in 1992 after he used alternative health modalities to heal himself from a terminal cancer diagnosis. He has since dedicated his life to helping others achieve optimum health and wellness.

Comments (6)

  • Barbara April 17, 2014 - 11:37 pm Reply

    Sounds interesting but how often should this be done?

    • Lianne April 18, 2014 - 2:19 pm Reply

      Hi Barbara! Every day is ideal. (I do it while I’m in the shower- first thing in the morning, 15-20 minute “activity”, no talking required…it fits right into my daily routine!)

  • Janice April 20, 2014 - 10:19 am Reply

    OMGoodness. Just tried this for the first time today (Sunday) using my “good” olive oil after hearing about it from a co-worker. At first I thought, “Ooh, a mouthful of oil! Twenty minutes, not sure about this.” But I went back to bed with my iPad and just kept swishing. A lot of saliva was secreted so eventually my mouth was full and not at all oily. And I realised that about 25 minutes had passed! Then I rinsed and gargled with warm salt water, and brushed my teeth. My mouth felt good. It really sounds worse that it is. I will definitely try to do daily while preparing for work. However, I plan to use less expensive olive oil, as well as coconut or other that I may have around.

    • Lianne April 21, 2014 - 2:36 pm Reply

      Hi Janice! Doesn’t your mouth just feel good?! I love using coconut oil– the first couple of times I ‘pulled’, I used sesame oil because it’s what I had on-hand but it was pretty intense for me as a beginner- the flavor, the texture. I’m glad the olive oil worked for you! As you branch out, let me know what you think about the different oils & which becomes your favorite! We can get a “study group” going 🙂

      • Janice May 6, 2014 - 2:10 am Reply

        Hi Lianne,

        Have continued oil pulling almost every day. Recently, I have been using coconut oil which is so much lighter tasting than olive oil but has to be warmed slightly to liquefy. I resort to olive oil if I don’t have time for warming or just for a change of taste. I like the way my mouth feels after pulling and brushing; I’m not sure if it’s a health benefit or just from the action of swishing, but I’ll take it.

        • Lianne May 6, 2014 - 2:07 pm Reply

          I agree, Janice! That’s the thing with coconut oil for some people- the texture. (If you’re unfamiliar with coconut oil, it can be in a more solid form than oils usually are. Smooth and soft, kind of like pudding…) It will liquify with the slightest warmth. “Chewing” it will do the trick in 1-2 seconds. You could also run the spoon under hot water before scooping the oil; that can do the trick, too! Thanks, Janice! Happy pulling! 🙂

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