Oil Pulling: Plus or Bust?

Oil pulling has been the rage for teeth whitening along a list of other benefits for years. I came across the idea about a month ago when I started looking into options to whiten my teeth without using something really expensive. Oil pulling is just the process of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for a period of time.

After reading up on oil pulling I learned that it can be very beneficial to your body. I thought “what could hurt?” And headed to the store to pick up some oil to give it a try.

Here is what I was read could happen:

  1. Whiten teeth
  2. Healthier gums
  3. Get rid of bad breath

I’ve been oil pulling for a week now and this is what I have found out:

  1. No it does not whiten your teeth but it does brighten them. It is noticeable after the first time doing it and my teeth feel incredibly clean every day after I oil pull!
  2. Yes gums heal ( I have bleeding gums from pregnancy) and once again they feel clean and healthy.
  3. I’m not sure if it cures bad breath, I was looking more towards morning breath but I did not notice any differences in the mornings after pulling.

How to Oil Pull

From reading multiple articles about oil pulling most people say the same thing. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, spit into the trashcan, and brush teeth. I have come up with a much easier way that still gives you the benefits. I recommend using a kitchen spoon and scooping out about half a spoonful. Swish around in your mouth for 5-10 minutes and spit it into the trash(oil may clog drains overtime) then brush teeth as usual.


  • Coconut Oil (any type works) Find what I used here

I’m in the process of trying other uses for coconut oil and it will be in an upcoming post.