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What is Oil Pulling? Oil Pulling for Teeth and Gum! Olive oil pulling...

Updated on May 5, 2014
Oil Pulling for Teeth
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Oil Pulling Demonstration

Oil pulling for teeth is a very ancient remedy, originating from India. It is one of the famous therapy used in Ayurveda, homeopathic medicine. Oil pulling is very beneficial for teeth and gums.

Oil pulling kills off the bacteria and makes your teeth shine after just few weeks of this method. It makes the gums strong and any old gum bleeding problem can be healed too. If you tend to have some smell in your mouth, you might be surprised to see that after few weeks of this therapy, you will feel clean and fresh in your mouth.Thus, it helps to improve the overall oral health of your mouth. It gives you a chance to laugh once again with your closer ones and share your smile without any fear.

Oil pulling for teeth can be done in simple steps as described here. Please note that this article is for information purpose only. Medical advice and doctor's guidance is recommended for any medical condition. So, here are simple steps for oil pulling:

1. Oils recommended for oil pulling for teeth are olive, sunflower and sesame oil. Personally, I use olive oil and it works excellent. For olive oil, I have used different types like extra virgin and pure olive oil and it works for me.

2. Oil pulling is best done in empty stomach, early in the morning.

3. Take one spoon of oil and put in your mouth.

4. You need to swish the oil in your mouth, without swallowing it. In simple terms, just move the oil in your mouth. Let all your teeth and tongue touch it.

5. It is best to do it for 15-20 minutes. However, in the beginning, I could do it only for 1 or 2 minutes. Gradually, you can increase the time once you see the benefits of oil pulling.

6. After swishing, it is best to throw the mouth oil in toilet bowl. As it contains lot of bacteria, you need to flush and clean the bowl.

7. After throwing the mouth oil, rinse your teeth and tongue few times. Finally, use toothpaste and brush to do thorough clean.

8. Now, oil pulling is done. Congrats!

Personally, after few cycles of olive oil pulling, I experienced that my mouth was fresh and clean a bit more than usual. Even after meals, the freshness could last much longer.

Oil pulling is known to reduce tooth ache and tighten the loose teeth. It can cure gum problems. However, the individual results could be different.

This natural therapy is very good for overall health too. It helps to remove body toxins and to lose weight. Finally, do more research before doing anything and I hope oil pulling therapy helps you in achieving good oral health. All the best.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 3 years ago from Singapore

      thank you Astralrose for your feedback.

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      Astralrose 3 years ago from India

      Hi Ruchi, I just started oil pulling (using coconut oil) three weeks ago. It works for me, although I used it before sleeping at night without further brushing with a toothpaste (my idea is to use as natural products as possible). I'll try olive oil next time and in the morning.

      Voted up!

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      cloudj 3 years ago

      hi..very interesting article,such a big help to us..is it really ok to use a cooking for oil pulling?

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Vellur, Oil pulling is an ancient remedy for many diseases including healing teeth and gum. Try it out and see if it helps you.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Never heard of oil pulling, thanks for sharing this. Interesting concept.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Labrashear for your feedback. Yes, oil pulling is very good for health, especially teeth and gum.

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      LABrashear 4 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I have never heard of this until now. Very interesting. I may have to try this. Thanks for the information!

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Congrats Pumpkincat. It is great to hear when oil pulling is beneficial to my readers. Keep it up. Continue oil pulling for good teeth and gum health..

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      Courtney Rhodes 5 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      I just wanted to leave an update to my comment that I left 5 months ago. I had a dentist checkup and everything looks good he said. He also mentioned that my gum above one of my teeth was coming back down. Previously he'd mentioned it was receding a little.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      thanks Sanathara. Do try oil pulling for good teeth and gum health.

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      sanathara 5 years ago

      Thanks for very good tips...

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Joseph, you can use oil like olive oil, sunflower oil and just follow the simple steps of oil pulling given in the article. I hope it helps you.

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      Joseph Asumadu 5 years ago

      Please I am interested in the oil pulling how can I get some to buy ,please let me hear from you soon .

      Thank you so much for the information.

      joseph.asumadu@yahoo.com

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks ITcoach.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks ITcoach. Yes, oil pulling is a great therapy and the results are excellent.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi ITcoach, based on my research about oil pulling, petrol or kerosene are not used for oil pulling. The oils commonly used are sunflower oil, olive oil or any cold pressed oil.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Mary for providing your feedback and all the best in your trial for oil pulling.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I just read your other Hub on Arthritis where you mention gargling with oil. You didn't specify on that Hub what kind of oil. Its' good you have done that with this Hub.

      I might try this if I can use olive oil. Sounds gross, but as long as I don't swallow any, I can do this!

      I'll let you know how I do!

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      LA Elsen 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I am so going to try this. I love the simplicity! Nice article.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, the idea of swishing oil in mouth looks odd but it can work wonders. Try it out and see yourself. All the best. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Dilip.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Sunita, thank you for visiting.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Rachel for your feedback. Try it out and see if it works for you. all the best.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks ITcoach for your feedback and voting up.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Pumpkincat210. Great, that you tried it out this simple and useful practice of oil pulling. It is very good. Last few days, I was trying oil pulling for healing of sore throat. I recovered in 2 days without any medicine.

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      Courtney Rhodes 5 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      I tried this the first time this morning after my friend recommended it. My gums have been bleeding no matter what and the dentist keeps telling me to go on with my routine. I used cold pressed sunflower oil. I could only handle about 10 minutes of swishing as I accidentally swallowed a tiny amount and it was gross! But when I was finished I spit it out in an empty soap bottle to see what was in it. Gross. I'd brushed my teeth and flossed before, but there were pieces of food in it and also glops of white. I threw out the bottle in a trash bag and brushed my teeth. Results: I have no bad taste in my mouth and I my mouth is salivating like crazy. I plan on doing this 3 times a day. I had no idea that it also helps with weight loss, very cool!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow..this is nice.want to give this a try..anyone here already tried?

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      clairewait 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Would love to hear feedback from people who have tried this and had results. No offense, but the idea of swishing straight olive oil in my mouth for even 2 minutes (let alone 20) sounds positively miserable.

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Very interesting and useful hub ruchi... Well written..!!

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      Sunita-Sharma 5 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

      Very useful hub Ruchi....will give it a try!

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      This is really interesting. Thanks for the read. I may just try this. :)

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi ITcoach, thanks for your feedback. Yes, you need to rinse the oil in your mouth similar to mouthwash. However, the effects of oil pulling are far greater than mouthwash. Try it yourself and feel the difference.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Melovy and Ruchira, thanks for your feedback. Oil pulling is very good for oral health. Give it a try to share your experiences.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      I was not aware of this therapy...Thank you Ruchi.

      Although, dunno the feeling of oil in my mouth is giving me creeps right now. But, will give it a thought and try.

      Voted up as useful, interesting :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting. I’ve never heard of this before. Not sure I’d manage 15 to 20 minutes, but it certainly sounds worth a go.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Thanks Ruchi.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Everybody, thanks for your excellent feedback. Hi Senoritaa, answer to your question: The desired frequency is every day, early in the morning without eating. It can be done up to 3 times a day but always in empty stomach. About using other oils, yes, you can try small amount of other oils one time and see if it works. I tried olive oil that I had for cooking and it seemed to work too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Excellent hub Ruchi. I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

      Ruchi you keep giving good tips in your hubs! Though I heard about this tip already, I had forgotten it for a long time. Your hub has reminded me of a good advice which I use to follow! Thanks for sharing!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Very useful. Didn't know about this simple solution to tooth problems. However, have a couple of questions.

      1. Can other oils (for example soyabean or mustard oil) be used?

      2. What is the desired frequency (once a day, once a week, etc.)?

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. Thank you very much for writing and share with us. I had never know about this before. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      Very interesting hub. I just told my husband about what you wrote and he is up to trying your instructions. Thank you so much!