Have you ever heard of oil pulling? I had not and so I always reached for the white-strips, or something of the like, to whiten my teeth. Those strips, however, don’t have any other benefit other than whitening the teeth. Plus, as I’ve been on a journey to reduce toxins in my body, white-strips just didn’t fit into my lifestyle anymore. Enter coconut oil pulling! Not only can it help whiten your teeth, but coconut oil pulling is a great way to remove bacteria and promote healthy gums and teeth!

oil pulling

Oil pulling sucks the toxins out of your mouth and has been an incredibly effective procedure that’s been used throughout history. Used properly, oil pulling has been known to remedy the following:

  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Kills Bad Breath
  • Cures Tooth tecay
  • Whitens Teeth
  • Soothes Throat Dryness
  • Prevents Cavities
  • Improves Skin
  • Strengthens Gums
  • Heals Bleeding Gums

Oil Pulling Studies

Researchers from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Tamil Nadu, India, stated that oil pulling reduces Streptococcus mutans bacteria (a contributor to tooth decay) in the plaque and saliva of children. (1) The author stated “Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventative adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health.”

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry in Chennai India have noted that oil pulling can significantly reduce aerobic microorganisms in plaque among children with plaque-induced gingivitis. (2)

The researchers in Chennai also noted that oil pulling has been shown to be as effective as a mouthwash at improving bad breath and reducing microorganisms that may cause it. (3)

How to Coconut Oil Pull

This is the process that I’ve been following:

  • Try oil pulling first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth, eat or drink.
  • Swish 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth. You can start with 5 minutes each day and build up to 15-20 minutes each day. I know it seems like a long time, but if you do this while you’re in the shower or doing things around the house, the time flies by. Be sure not to swallow any of the oil!
  • Spit the oil in the trash and wash your mouth out with warm water.
  • Brush your teeth and you’re done!

You can add a drop of peppermint essential oil to the coconut oil, or even melaleuca (tea tree) or clove oil for their antiseptic and antifungal qualities. Some other essential oils to try adding are Wild Orange and Lemon. Be sure you are using high quality essential oils for this!

I have been using this brand: COCOPULL – Coconut Oil Pulling Packet with Peppermint. But you can use organic coconut oil purchased from the store too… and add some essential oils for flavor if you’d like.


I’m on day 5 of oil pulling and I’ve already noticed whiter teeth! Typically within a week people will notice a cleaner mouth and change in their breath.

I love the option of oil pulling as I’ve really cut out toxins so I don’t use mouthwash or whiteners anymore. Plus it really does seem to be making a difference with my teeth and gums. Oil pulling with coconut oil is a simple procedure with some very effective results!!

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