Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I have such white teeth. Many people think I whiten them with whitening strips, but those who personally know me know that I would never do that. So what’s my secret? Well, I like to give credit to the fact that I rarely ever drink coffee or black tea, I also don’t smoke, and I eat very fresh and healthy foods ever day. However, my biggest secret is Oil Pulling. Oil Pulling has been part of my morning ritual since February 2012. It’s so simple and easy to do that I figured why not give it a try? It’s stuck with me ever since.
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method that has only recently been introduced to the United States. The method is to swish approximately 1 tablespoon of organic cold pressed oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes (aim for 20). I use coconut oil because it’s my favorite flavor. You can try olive, sunflower, etc. The oil will mix with your saliva and become thin so you can “pull” it through your teeth. The best time of day to oil pull is in the morning before you eat or drink anything. The idea behind oil pulling is that it pulls bacteria, yeasts, and parasites out of your mouth because these organisms have an affinity for the oil. DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL! This is important because the oil is full of germs. If you happen to accidently swallow a little of the oil it’s no big deal, that’s what we have immune systems for! After your 20 minutes is up you want to spit the oil into a dixie cup or directly into the trash (do not spit it into the drain because the oil will clog the drain). You then brush and rinse your mouth out with water and clean your toothbrush with 3% hydrogen peroxide. I usually just let my toothbrush sit in diluted hydrogen peroxide until my night time brushing.
Common Health Benefits of Oil Pulling
Regulates menstrual cycle
Prevents gum issues
I never really had a problem with the texture or taste of the oil. Coconut oil at room temperature is normally a solid, therefore you can run the coconut oil container under hot water so it melts. You can also just put the hunk of oil in your mouth and it will melt in about a minute. Some people I know hate the feel of oil in their mouth but usually get used to it after a couple times.
For more information check out Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing by naturopathic physician Bruce Fife.