Oil pulling is a daily habit I started back in 2008 and I cannot imagine a day without it. This is definitely one daily habit I have held on to through life’s ups and downs.  I keep a small jar of coconut oil and a spoon in my nightstand drawer and take my scoop in the morning before my feet hit the floor.
I had had very sensitive gums and deep pockets due to regular vomiting with my migraines from childhood to my 30’s. I didn’t know that some of the worst times go brush your teeth are just after vomiting, following a meal or before acidic food or drink.

Guess what tends to occur when you brush your teeth at these times? Your gums recede leading to sensitivity.

A great way to overcome sensitivity, clean your WHOLE mouth and even brighten your teeth is through the daily habit of oil pulling.

Oil Pulling Therapy

Oil pulling is very simple and if done correctly it has a very powerful cleansing and healing effect not only on the mouth and sinuses, but the entire body.  Teeth become whiter, breath becomes fresher, and the tongue and gums take on a healthy pink color.  Even problems such as bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.  It is also effective in treating many systemic conditions throughout the body. Oil Pulling has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine.  The teeth make up about 10% of the surface area of your mouth.  Using oil pulling, you clean the entire surface area of your mouth, not just your teeth.

For more details on the benefits of oil pulling I recommend the book Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by Dr. Bruce Fife.

Here are the basics.

  • First thing in the morning before eating take 1 tsp of coconut oil and put in your mouth. Other cold pressed oils may be used such as sesame oil. Note: If it is below 70 ˚F the coconut oil will be solid and you can chew it a bit as it becomes liquid in your mouth.  It is okay to drink before pulling if you need some hydration.
  • Swish around your mouth, drawing it between the teeth and throughout the oral cavity, initially for 5 minutes. Ideally you want to swish the oil for 15 to 20 minutes. When time has passed, spit the oil out into the trash.  Do not spit into the sink or toilet as the coconut oil becomes solid below 70 ˚F and can cause plumbing issues.  The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water several times or brush your teeth now. You may also rinse with whey or other cultured product.  Carry on as usual.
  • Oil pulling may be done while performing other activities such as showering, reading email, a book or the paper, emptying the dishwasher, walking the dog or preparing breakfast. Your family will come to understand that you cannot converse while pulling.
  • If you have an active infection in your oral cavity swish for several 5 minute series as the bacteria build up quickly into coconut oil an you will want to spit it out more frequently.
  • For flavor and additional antibacterial action and healing add 1 drop of essential to the coconut oil. Essential Oils I have used and recommend include: peppermint, oregano, Thieves, clove, myrrh, lemon.

Remember a great way to help build up a good bacterial balance within the oral cavity is to open up a probiotic capsule on the back of your tongue when you go to bed at night.  This will allow the probiotics to proliferate throughout your oral cavity and help establish a good oral and nasal microbiome.