How-To: Oil Pulling

Oil pulling originated in India as a natural folk remedy for bad breath, tooth health and gum disease. With its recent introduction to popular wellness culture in the US, oil pulling is praised more than ever before by fitness influencers and wellness magazines.

Coconut oil is the most commonly used variety for oil pulling due to its taste and availability in most grocery stores. Coconut oil reduces inflammation and fights bacteria, which makes it the natural choice.

Health Benefits

According to Healthline, there are approximately 700 types of bacteria that can live in your mouth and about 350 types can be found at any given time. Some of these are harmful and can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.

Studies show oil pulling can kill these bacteria after one to two weeks of regular use. Clearing out these bacteria can help reduce halitosis, also known as bad breath, as well as prevent cavities, maintaining good gum health and preventing plaque formation. Please note: Oil pulling cannot replace traditional oral hygiene regimens.

How To Oil Pull

• Measure one tablespoon of oil; coconut is the most popular, but sesame or olive work as well.

• Swish the oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, between your teeth and around your tongue.

• Spit out the oil in the trash. Don’t spit the oil into a sink
or toilet because it may cause a buildup in your drains
over time.

• Rinse out your mouth with water before eating or drinking anything.

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