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Just a Trend or Does Oil Pulling Really Work?

Updated on May 28, 2017

A True Experience with Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling: Just a Passing Trend or Does it Really Work

Oil pulling isn't a new fad by any means. It's been used in ancient cultures to promote oral health and health in general. You have to ask yourself though, "Are you just wasting money and time, or will you really cure your tooth pain and alleviate your need for regular dental cleanings?" I'm not hired by any oil company to sell a product. I'm just a writer who decided to try oil pulling and would like to share my experience with you.

Personal experience has led me to believe in the power oil pulling has on oral health. I, however, didn't notice a change in my energy levels or the shine of my hair. That might be because I'm a naturally hyper and active and have shiny natural black hair from my Italian father.

My teeth are much healthier now than they've been in years. I developed gingivitis years ago when I was pregnant with my son. After becoming a mom, I just couldn't seem to fit going to the dentist into my schedule when I was constantly with my child, cleaning, cooking or blogging. I panicked because my breath smelled and my gums bled, so I tried oil pulling for the first time. I didn't want to use coconut oil because I hate coconut, and I didn't want to wait to get a special oil, so I tried using olive oil. It worked out well.

I noticed the bad breath went away the second day I oil pulled. One tooth was slightly loose from the gingivitis, and the olive oil removed the bacteria and closed the air pocket. My teeth were tight in less than a week. My gums didn't bleed anymore. Within one week of oil pulling once per day, my teeth weren't sensitive to cold anymore. I truly felt like a stumbled upon a miracle treatment. I'm still oil pulling 10-15 minutes once per day because each day the oil removes all the plaque on my teeth and make them feel dentist clean everyday. I don't need to brush every day if I don't want to, but I still do. When I floss my teeth, I notice, I barely have anything stuck in between my teeth. I still have untreated cavities, though. If you want to heal cavities, you may need a different oil.

How to Oil Pull

After you wake up in the morning, put one to two tablespoons of oil in your mouth. Feel free to add essential oils to experiment with their benefits. Swish the oil around in your mouth and in between your teeth. It'll remove plaque from your teeth and bacteria your gums. Be careful not to swallow any of the oil because you're swallowing toxins. Always spit the used oil into a garbage can and not down the drain. Rinse your mouth out with warm water or salt water immediately after you discard of the oil.

Oil to Use

I use olive oil, and it works. It's also heart healthy. However, most people opt for an oil with antimicrobial properties such as coconut oil. Oil pulling with coconut oil has the potential to balance your levels of healthy and unhealthy cholesterol. It even kills candida, the fungi known for causing yeast infections. It has a pleasant taste for many. Sesame seed or sunflower seed oil is the traditional oil used, though.

History of Oil Pulling

It wasn't until the late 1930s when the first nylon-bristled toothbrush was designed. Therefore, our ancestors didn't have the ability to brush their teeth with a brush and toothpaste. However, people's teeth didn't just rot out prior to the toothbrush. Many people utilized the powers of oil pulling. This practice began in ancient India with a branch of medicine known as Ayurveda medicine. The National Institutes of Health indicated oil pulling has shown to benefit for more than 30 diseases. The Indians used oil pulling to strengthen the teeth, gums and jaws. They used it to prevent decay, improve breath and stop bleeding gums. Additionally, they used it as a remedy for a dry throat, anorexia, impaired vision, loss of taste, exhaustion and dulled senses.

Dangers of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is safe for most people. It's even beneficial to children who understand they can't swallow the substance. You might experience jaw pain from oil pulling. It helps to stop your session if you're having pain. Instead of 20 minutes, only do it for 10 or 15 at first. You can then gradually increase your time. You may want to swish a little softer if you're having pain.The oil may stimulate your gag reflex. This usually only happens the first few times you pull. You may need to use less oil or keep the oil toward the front of your mouth or start out pulling for a very short period of time.

Easy to Fit Into Any Schedule

If you're worried about not being able to fit oil pulling into your schedule, you can do so by multitasking. You can do it when you're cleaning, reading, exercising, cooking or putting your baby to bed. It's recommended you oil pull twice per day–once in the morning and once before bed. I only do it once in the morning and experience the benefits.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      This is very informative and useful hub regarding oil pulling! You have described the procedure quite in detail.

      I haven't tried it myself but have heard from people about it's advantages. The choice of oil is important. Some of my senior relatives recommend mustard oil for this purpose.

      Thanks for sharing your personal experience!