Oil Pulling Success Stories Please?

by 1883 · August 02, 2014 at 04:57 PM

I am considering trying oil pulling. I would like to do it to try and improve my overall oral health and whiten my teeth.

Does anyone have any oil pulling success stories they would be interested in sharing with me? If you do it, would you please add the type of oil you use, how often you do it, how long, etc. Has anyone tried it who felt that it did not do a thing for them?

Update: I tried Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil last night. I will admit that at first it made me gag just a little bit. But I got over it and did it while I was doing the dishes (in case I decided I needed to spit it out at any moment in time). It certainly made my tongue and cheeks tired from swirling it around my mouth for so long. I am trying to recover my mouth from 10+ years of chewing tobaccy (yes, it is gross, but I gave it up when I went paleo, ok?).

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3180 · July 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM

One of my favorite topics. I was plagued by 'deep pockets' in my gums. The dentist measured them twice a year for about 20 years (I'm 46). They were getting progressively worse. Having these deep pockets causes the need for painful deep cleanings and eventually turns into gum diseases. I was having many dental problems along the way, excessive plaque, crown replacements, filling replacements, cracked teeth, cavities.

Dentist kept telling me to brush and floss more and better. I did to no avail.

I discovered oil pulling in 2011. I swished a small amount (1 tsp?) of sesame oil every night after work for 6 months. In November 2011, I had 15 pockets deeper than 3mm. (3mm is where they start to track them). Most were 5-7mm, the deepest was 10mm. I discussed oil pulling with my dentist, he had never heard about it but said to give it a try.

In May 2012, I had only one pocket deeper than 2mm, the one that was 10mm was now 3mm. All the rest were non-existant or just barely detectable at 1mm.

My dentist and hygenist were floored. During the cleaning, which was usually painful and long, the hygenist kept commenting that 'there was nothing there to clean' and what was there, came off easily. They asked all kinds of questions and are both now oil pulling and telling others to do it.

I use Dynasty brand Sesame Oil, ingredients are "Sesame Oil". There are other brands, many a mix of other oils. I can't tell you if other oils work or are better, but I had great success with sesame oil and won't be changing. Every night when I get home from work, I open the bottle, take a small swig and swish it around for 20-30 minutes. Sometimes less if the phone rings or I have to talk. Sometimes I forget on the weekend. Afterwards, I rinse my mouth with water and then use a wet toothbrush, no toothpaste. In the morning before work, I brush with toothpaste and floss as normal.

Good Luck!

768 · July 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM

can i use coconut oil?

edit . i just used it...and a white spot on my bottom row centre teeth is gone...wtfbbq. ill try again tomorrow. i brushed beforehand btw.

30 · March 09, 2013 at 05:41 AM

Only read a few posts here, but as a dental nurse I'd just like to advise - don't just skip out on going to the dentist. An abscess can signal not only infection, but also decay in the tooth which needs to be treated professionally. If you are talking about wisdom teeth it is pretty imperative to seek proper treatment, especially if you are having trouble with your jaw. There is a yucky thing called 'jaw lock' which is incredibly serious and associated with wisdom tooth infection.

In regards to recession, to the best of my understanding you can't get rid of tooth recession. You can help with pockets though!

I'm going to ask my dentist about this next week, I am very intrigued :)

30 · December 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM

A couple of years ago, I had a self-diagnosed abscess on a lower molar. The "gum" area way below the tooth (in the bone, I assume) was extremely inflamed and painful to the touch. The tooth was also VERY loose, probably because I had neglected flossing for quite some time. It was so loose, I was afraid it was going to fall out. As I had no dental insurance and was unemployed at the time, I did some online research and came across "oil pulling."

I chose to use some extra virgin coconut oil (which I already had) for 20 minutes twice a day, because of its antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral properties. The pleasant flavor was a bonus.

However, this was not a "controlled" experiment because I used every strategy I could think of to stop the infection. I had heard that dental abscesses can be very dangerous, and didn't want to waste any time (the crisis began on a Friday, so I allowed myself the weekend to experiment before possibly calling a dentist).

I also took large doses of vitamin C (critical for healthy gums and tissue repair), after realizing I hadn't been taking any for several months, and hadn't been eating a lot of foods that are high in Vitamin C.

I took immune-boosting supplements such as Echinacea, Astragalus, and some myco-medicinals (New Chapter brand) and brushed my teeth with a tooth powder containing salt, baking soda, and prickly ash bark (IPSAB brand).

After brushing and flossing, I used 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (straight out of the bottle) in my Water Pik (which I hadn't been using for a while, due to a busy schedule) on the highest pressure. I ignored the pain and bloody foam, and just DID it, since I knew it would knock out a bunch of bacteria quickly. Though the first few Water Pik treatments were painful and created a lot of bloody foam, the results weren't so dramatic in the following days, so I think this strategy was very effective.

After the Water Pik treatment, I did the oil pulling, but first I broke open the tips of a capsule of oregano oil (antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral), and a capsule of liquid turmeric extract (anti-inflamatory) and squeezed the contents into a tablespoon of (hardened) coconut oil. The coconut oil liquified as soon as I put it in my mouth, and diluted the strong flavor of the oregano oil. After the 20 minutes of swishing, I spit out the oil mixture in a trash can with a paper towel in it.

After the oil-pulling treatment, I cut a garlic clove in half, length-wise, and pressed the cut edge against the most swollen area. I held it in place for as long as I could stand it. When it felt like it was burning a hole in the tissue, I removed it, rinsed it off, minced it up and added it to a bowl with a little bit of olive oil in it. I swallowed this (about a tablespoon or two), and chased it with some water, as I knew about garlic's antibacteria/antifungal/antiviral properties and wanted to get it into my body in case the abscess was dumping bacteria into my bloodstream.

After a couple of days, I minimized the garlic poultice, since the tissue was extremely raw where I had held the garlic. Although the swelling of the abscess was going down at this point, I continued to take the garlic internally for a week or so, along with the herbal immune-support supplements and several capsules of turmeric extract (which is supposed to purify the blood).

Also, after the garlic-compress treatment, I used a Q-tip to dab the reachable parts of the tooth pocket and surrounding gum area with a Goldenseal tincture and then a Myrhh tincture. I used the Myrhh last, because it is very "gummy" and tricky to apply. I put up with the awful flavors.

I never did contact a dentist (which I couldn't afford anyway), because by Monday the infection seemed to be under control. It wasn't getting worse, and the swelling had gone down considerably.

During the weeks that followed, I continued with the oil-pulling and some of the other treatments, and was encouraged to discover that the tooth was not as loose as it had been. Within a few months it was as tight as can be. This year I had some inflammation again in the gum around that tooth, but the tooth is still very tight, so I'm assuming the bone grew back, even if the gums need attention again. I'm taking Vitamin C again, realizing that I had gotten out of the habit of taking it. This, and using the Water Pik with plain water seems to be enough treatment for now, as the tissue is no longer painful around that tooth. I think I'll start oil-pulling again, just to be on the safe side. : )

1179 · July 10, 2012 at 05:27 PM

I do about 2 or 3 times a week, using Uncle Harry's Oral Swish. I have 2 spots where my gums have receded a bit, since oil pulling the areas are looking better and not as tender. I find that overall my mouth just feels a lot cleaner, and my gums feel really healthy. Ihave not noticed an change in color, but I do drink a fair share of coffee and go to many wine tastings for work.

Also, I think Uncle Harry's has some pretty cool mouth care products. I've used the oral swish, tooth powder, and remineralization powder.

24412 · July 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM

It loosened up the plaque on my teeth enough that I could just brush and floss it away, which is pretty cool.

My teeth seem yellower, rather than whiter if anything, since having started to do it even though I have quit coffee and red wine, so I don't think it whitens teeth at all.

20 · December 27, 2012 at 09:46 PM

Could it be that the effect of "pulling" is actually the fact that we are promoting salivation for 15-30 minutes per day of which we would normally not do. And the saliva swishing around our mouths is actually cleaning it.

1945 · July 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM

This is something you might want to read first.

10 · May 01, 2013 at 01:09 AM

I started Oil Pulling one day because I heard it would help me with my teeth. Prior, I had been trying to find a way to whiten them. In addition, my gums were painful and bled every time a toothbrush even came near them.

After the first time I did it, I noticed without question that my gums were better. Hard to describe, but they just felt way stronger. So that same day, I did it again. Then I started doing it twice daily. Then something odd happened, I started noticing that I was sleeping really deep. Like incredibly deep. Days went on, I am very in tune with my diet and I wanted to pin point what change was causing this (clearly, you'd want to know this info).But it soon became evident that it was the oil pulling. I felt a ton of greatness from this, so much so, I created an Oil Pulling youtube, Facebook and website. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ipXlyUO54 https://www.facebook.com/MakeCoconutNotFat

Look at the comments on the Facebook and Youtube, it clearly has an effect on people. Yes, I thought it was nuts, but now I think it is so incredible that I started the site just to tell people about it.

Here is my run down, this is completely notes from my personal experiences...:

1) Cold Pressed Coconut Oil seems to work the best. I have switched on and off from other oils, they do seem to work, but nothing like Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. Whatever is happening in the mouth, the coconut oil is ruling the kingdom.

2) I got pretty sick the first time I did it. Like a flu and acne (face and body). This lasted about 5 days. I never stopped, it went away and I never felt better. I once took two months off from it (not intentional just preoccupation) and I started back with coconut oil, again, got sick, but only a couple of days.

3) The amount you put in your mouth seems to make a difference. Everyone says put 1tbsp in, and that does seem to work, but putting a massive glob inside the mouth and forcing yourself to 20 minutes is like magic, literally. This is one of the reasons I switched to other oils for a while, it was more economical. But no doubt, huge globs of coconut oil immediately make my gums feel outstanding and inject me with a serene type energy. When I do it, right around the 20 minute mark, my lips begin shaking (like your arms would after doing a lot of curls), I have to be outside because I must spit out at this time or else it will come out on it's own (and has). That intense. When I say glob, I mean like you load a TBSP with as much as it can hold. If the coconut oil is warm, I pour it in my mouth till it is pretty full.

4) I sleep like a baby. I think it does somehow effect blood sugar, because blood sugar is like 90 percent of the reason for any sleep issue (that or cortisol, but I would say they are tied together). I don't want to preach about "toxins," I really don't care anymore. It clearly does something though. Once I started the youtube and it got all those views, I started getting people talking about the other effects. I have friends who never buy into this stuff talking about it.

5) I have never noticed any difference with "empty stomach" or "morning." Doesn't mean it isn't better, but I can say I love doing it after dinner....I do it before bed some times.

6) In all fairness to my anecdotal portrayal, I should make it known that I am pretty strict with my diet and don't eat processed foods. I do drink vodka and or wine some times, and can honestly say, oil pulling will kill a hangover. Like kill it.

7) Pay attention to number 3. That one seems to the most meaningful point in all my Oil Pulling days.

8) There is no doubt you want need a dentist as much after you oil pull. I would never need one now. If I had to choose between oil pulling and brushing, no doubt it would be oil pulling. In fact, I'd say brushing isn't relevant anymore to me, though I do use a natural toothpaste or coconut oil still out of habit and fear of spousal persecution (though there have been days I haven't brushed, that's the truth, and she had no idea).

I hope this helps add to the pot here.


18 · April 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

If you have been oil pulling for 18 months and still have bleeding gums, then it is not working for you and No Wonder.....Garlic Oil...there is your first mistake.

Follow these steps.

  1. As soon as you wake up in the morning. Do Not eat anything or drink anything.
  2. The first thing to enter your mouth should be one tablespoon of SESAME OIL
  3. I repeat, ONE TABLESPOON of SESAME OIL....not coconut, sunflower, garlic oil, chilli oil, or any other oil......IT must be....SESAME OIL
  4. Now swirl around your mouth, pull between teeth, swish, swirl, this is the easy part.
  5. Do this for 20 minutes exactly. There is a reason for 20 minutes. This is how long it takes blood to circulate around your body, so the two veins under your tongue are going to have exposure to the SESAME OIL for 20 minutes.
  7. When your 20 minutes is up, spit it out and down the toilet.
  8. Rinse your mouth out with warm water that has some salt in it.
  9. Rinse some more.
  10. Rinse some more.
  11. Now drink down a big glass of water or two or as much as you want.
  12. Now start your day....brush your teeth if you want, have a coffee, have breakfast, do whatever is your normal routine, like before you started OIL PULLING...

Give this a go for a week or two and see how you get on. Not even knowing you, I would bet money that after 2 weeks your bleeding gums will be gone.

I would suggest a few extra things as well for good measure.

  1. Ditch the toothpaste, if you must use toothpaste, try sensodyne or make your own (Google is your friend.)
  2. Make sure you use a SOFT Bristle Toothbrush ...NOT MEDIUM - NOT HARD-- BuT SOFT - Brush Gently!
  3. After everything you eat or drink, take one minute and do a pull, but this time with water and spit it out. So a one minute water pull as opposed to an oil pull, everytime after you have drunk or eaten something.

Let us know how you get on.

Good luck.

10 · March 05, 2013 at 03:23 PM

I have been using sesame seed oil for about a week and a half now and my allergies are gone! I used to get up sneezing all over the house while getting ready. I would blow my nose and eyes would water and I would be miserable. That was with taking allergies medicine and flonase in the morning. My teeth are cleaner and brighter than they have ever been. I am a 31 year old woman and am now committed to this for the rest of my life. I feel that with these results already, it is definitely worth the 20min. I spend doing this. Also when I first began this I was starting to feel like I was coming down with something and this cleared it right up. You can't loose anything by trying this. The oil is cheap and worth the $4 or $5 spent.

2036 · October 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM

I had a bad bout of mouth ulcers a few months ago. I started oil pulling with coconut oil and they swiftly disappeared. I haven't had one since, even though I've bitten the inside of my mouth several times since then (and pre-oil pulling, this would ALWAYS lead to an ulcer). Can't speak to the "systemic healing" properties. I'm dubious of those claims anyway. But it's sure helping my oral health.

10 · October 16, 2012 at 10:29 PM

A customer walked into my health food store and told me about oil pulling with coconut oil. After doing a little research I can say that coconut oil may actually help periodontal disease, but I see no way "detoxification" can occur in the mouth.

The reason that coconut oil may help periodontal disease is that coconut oil contains lauric acid. Lauric acid is a natural antiseptic that kills bacteria. If you also eat coconut oil it may help you to not have as many colds this winter.

3841 · July 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM

I do it probably 4-5 times a week using coconut oil. Best taste by far. I started because I had a pretty bad toothache that I attributed to something getting wedged under a crown. Did it daily until it completely went away (few weeks). My teeth feel a lot cleaner and my gums seem healthier. Though they were pretty yellow when I started, so if they're whiter it's hard to say, but they definitely aren't any worse than before.

11476 · July 09, 2012 at 08:13 PM

I have not noticed any change in the colour of my teeth, but they are definitely smoother, not only to the touch, but also just "shinier" to look at. I have a fake tooth that is carefully done to match my other teeth, so I'm actually happy it's not changing the colour :)

Overall, I think it is useful in loosening up plaque. I have switched to just oil pulling, going over my teeth with a moistened brush, and flossing. Teeth feel great. As a bonus, a coat of oil in my mouth when I'm congested stops me from getting that horrible dry-mouth overnight when I have to breathe through my mouth.

11036 · July 09, 2012 at 07:57 PM

I do it once a week, more if something has irritated my gums, using sunflower oil. I also use a homemade remineralizing toothpaste (http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/09/27/easy-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/). My teeth and gums are healthier than they have ever been, though I don't know if it is the oil or the toothpaste. I don't have any of the yellowness that Happy Now reports.

993 · January 06, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I do it for 10-20 minutes per day with coconut oil, and I've noticed less tartar

273 · January 06, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I started oil pulling a few months back after randomly coming across it on a blog. I had some real crap, and unfortunately unnecessary, dental work done a couple years ago that has lead to my current dentist needing to fix the previously work. So, I did a bit of research on the topic and there are very limited scientific articles on the topic; but there are a few that actually show promise. I wrote an article about it here, including the links to the journal articles:


Even though my current dentist says I have no issues with the teeth that are "all mine" (i.e. no filling from the bad dentist) and my dental hygiene appears to be top nothc, my purpose in starting to oil pull is to limit any future problems that might be caused from said horrible dentist work. So, my goal is long term; however, I can say that I notice less plaque build up by the end of the day, as well as an improvement in bad breath at the end of the day.

0 · November 21, 2013 at 04:01 PM

I stumbled across oil pulling when I was looking for a natural home remedy for a toothache that had been lingering and was progressing towards an abscessed tooth....which I've experienced several times before. I've always struggled with good dental health, as have most people in my family. I've had braces, root canals and oral surgery in the past.....I've just not had good luck with my teeth. I started oil pulling as a last resort while I was still trying to find a new dentist because didn't want to go to just anyone, I was skeptical, but the pain had gotten really bad, so I was ready to try anything. I started with Cold pressed organic Sesame oil with the first treatment. Then I added organic coconut oil, doing the sesame oil in the morning and coconut oil at night. I got immediate and very shocking results. The very first treatment yielded pain relief, and it just got better from there. Knowing from past experience the progression of tooth decay and abscess I was really surprised. The gum above the tooth would be very white after an oil pulling session for the first several days, then it went back to it's normal color, this I assume was the infection, it appeared to be leaching out of my gums and into the oil. I never made it to the dentist, didn't have to. That was a year ago this month.....I still oil pull, but not every day....my gums have never felt better, they are less sensitive and no problems with toothaches!! I highly recommend this for oral health, I tell people about it all the time....a dentist trip would have cost me hundreds of dollars and involved drilling portions of my tooth out....this cost me $7 and my tooth is fully intact.

0 · September 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM

I have been oil pulling since last 2 months. I had tooth ache and I went to a dentist who extracted two of my molar teeth and suggested me to go for dental implants and root canal for two other teeth. I came home with around 11 anesthesias and started my research. I was terrified after reading the facts about dental implants and understood the damages tooth extraction can cause. I also formed abscess in one of my tooth on the upper palette and went to see the dentist again.. By now I had started oil pulling with sesame oil. My dentist suggested that I will have to extract that tooth as he drained the infection out over two visits. He asked me to stop oil pulling. I just didn't want to extract my tooth .. It's a tooth that visible when I smile. I went to another dentist for a 2nd opinion, he suggested rootcanal and surgery to remove the abscess out. I just didn't want the dentist to drill my mouth. I was petrified. Both the dentist said that it may cost me my life if left without extracting or root canal treatment. I finally thought I must start oil pulling again and so I did. I also started eating raw garlic and started drinking fenugreek tea. My gums and teeth feel healthy. There is no pain in any of my teeth. My abscess has subsided but its still there and it keeps shifting on my upper pallet. I am meeting an ayurvedic doctor in some days. I hope that I get this abscess out of my mouth ASAP and then I will start my journey on tooth regeration by ayurveda if there is any. Till then wish me luck and keep oil pulling its really good. I am 30 years old, f from India.

0 · August 23, 2013 at 07:56 PM

Well, I decided to post back (my first post was June 12), because I have been pulling for over 2 months now and had my teeth cleaned by the dentist in the meantime.

The biggest difference I noticed was that after months of having a sore molar, electric shock feeling when any type of food hit it, it disappeared just after 2 days of oil pulling and hasn't returned back.

The dentist had to remove plaque buildup behind my bottom teeth, that has always been a problem spot for me, however, the plaque came off much easier than ever before. My wife, who started oil pulling as well, noticed the same with her teeth.

Unfortunately, unlike many other people have stated, I can see my plaque returning behind my bottom teeth and it also didn't clear my horrible white looking tongue (yeast?), however, I found a toothpaste (Coral White) that luckily did clear it up.

All and all, I have seen enough improvements to continue on with oil pulling, but definitely not the drastic changes that some here writing about.

0 · July 26, 2013 at 02:21 AM


I have always had a great fear of the dentist, At 42 I hadn't been since my twenties I new it was bad in there, My breath stank fowl and I was starting to get sores. Gums always bled when I brushed and I hadn't looked at my teeth in a mirror for 20 years. One Morning I woke up and thought I would do something about it and started researching gum disease and periodontal disease, more Natural cures and remedies. That's when I came across oil pulling. I started using either Coconut oil or Sesame seed oil alternatively to start for a week. Not much change apart from my breath was a Little better. I took a big step and booked myself in for a dental appointment>> The dentist was horrified at the state of the build up of calculus around my teeth. Obviously this has to go before you can start the healing process. Because it was so bad, and Im not good with pain we decided to d a quadrant of deep cleaning each week. I continued Oil Pulling.

Week 1 Clean Top RHS Quadrant- Dentist commented how bad Gums were but was surprised how easily the 20 years of calculus came off the tooth- very sore, gums bleeding when brushed

Week2 Clean Top LHS Quadrant- Dentist said slight improvement but I was not brushing my teeth correctly, No bad breath

Week 3 Clean Bottom LHS Quadrant Dentist commented how well my Gums had been healing and how well I had managed to keep the teeth that had received the deep clean, well clean.

Week 4 Is next week and I will continue with the Oil Pulling. My gums have healed so well I can now start flossing and look at them in the mirror

I wouldn't say my gums would heal without the deep clean, as you need a dentist to remove the calculus, BUT im convinced the Oil pulling has led the way to aid the recovery and I will continue to oil pull as a daily maintainance to try and keep these teeth.

One other thing I tried last night was baking soda/salt / Aloe vera home made toothpaste I could feel that working however think I may have burnt the gumline with using too much baking soda. its very abraisive. anyone else had any experience with this?

many thanks JB

0 · July 04, 2013 at 02:38 AM

I started oil pulling about 6 weeks ago. I am using unrefined organic sesame oil. I was just using it in the morning but started pulling twice a day to detox quicker. I've always had terrible acne & have always struggled to keep it under control. I noticed that when I started pulling my acne flared up... So I decided to pull twice a day... Now my skin is beautiful & clear! After 38 years my skin is CLEAR!!!!!! What a miracle!! And yes... My teeth are whiter & my gums healthier. I'm glad I kept with the pulling instead of stopping when my acne got worse.... It got worse before it got better! Stick with it!!!!

0 · June 18, 2013 at 02:35 PM

I have been oil pulling now for about 2 weeks with Unrefined Sesame Oil and both my husband and I have noticed a huge difference in the color and smoothness of our teeth. I also have been sleeping like a baby in a deep sleep like I haven't experienced in years. One other thing we both noticed is our appetite seems a little suppressed. We both exercise and enjoy eating! But with oil pulling we are eating less during the day and have more energy. So I don't know about it pulling toxins, or how it works, but it is obvious that there are results that should be considered.

0 · June 16, 2013 at 07:49 PM

I have been oil pulling for about six weeks (actually, "oil swishing" is the better phrase IMO). Three good things have happened. 1. My nasal passages are more clear. 2. A painful spot deep in my gums on the lower right-hand side of my mouth has decreased in pain by 70 percent. 3. Most interestingly - this just happened today - well, first, a bit of background. I contracted c. difficile colitis six months ago from a course of antibiotics. The "c. diff" is supposedly gone but my gut is still quite inflamed. I've had diarrhea every single day for six months - no respite. I have tried everything. I woke up this morning quite depressed and physically depleted. I would like, at this point, to say that oil swishing helped me beat the c. diff. I don't know that it has. But this morning, as I felt depressed and depleted, I did some oil swishing (coconut oil for 20 minutes followed by sesame oil for 20) and immediately felt dramatically better. From a "2" on a 1 to 10 scale to a "7." I regard this as a miracle actually. I'm motivated to keep trying everything I can to heal the c. diff.

10 · June 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hi all,

It's nice to read so many stories on OP so I'm going to give it a try. Although my case is a bit different and I would appreciate your advice.

I have had a root canal followed by crowning of my molar tooth a few years ago. After accidentally biting hard an abscess has formed at the base of the tooth between the root and jawline causing my tooth to be lifted slightly out of its socket that causes pain if the upper tooth touches it. Of course the obvious solution would be an extraction but if there's any alternative then I'd be grateful.


0 · June 12, 2013 at 01:17 PM

I have done a lot of research about Oil Pulling and I currently started doing it myself to replace my mouthwash. I am doing it twice a day, in the morning and at night before brushing and I am using Coconut Oil, however, I am going to switch the nighttime pull to Sesame Seed Oil, because of the sole reason that only this oil has been researched and has proven the positive effect on oral health. The Coconut Oil I am using because of user experiences, so I figured that by switching to both, I get the best of both worlds :-)

I do not believe that it will pull toxins out of the body, it will pull toxins (bad bacteria) out of your mouth, that now can't enter your body anymore, but I believe that that's about it. Why do people experience the wonderful other health benefits? Most likely because of greatly reducing bad bacteria getting ingested and entering your body's system, therefore your body doesn't have to fight them anymore and now the it has time for other healing business. Also, the 20 minute and empty stomach must is not really necessary, as in the research done on Sesame Seed Oil Pulling, it was done only 10 minutes and no mention of an empty stomach, just the mention to do it before brushing (see research: http://bit.ly/Z8MmdQ ) Most stories I read about the 20 minute rule is because that's how long it takes for the blood to do one full circulation in the body. However, a full circulation takes about one minute (look it up), so I believe that over time there has been some misinformation added to Oil Pulling.

Anyway, I found a very good post (with many references) explaining exactly what Oil Pulling does and why it is so very beneficial: http://www.jonbarron.org/article/oil-pulling-detoxing There sure are tons of reasons to add Oil Pulling to your daily oral (and therefore entire body's) health.

0 · June 04, 2013 at 06:16 AM


0 · May 27, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Just had a wisdom tooth extracted on Thursday and its now Sunday......I noticed that the day after my extraction I did the Oil Pulling and the bleeding "STOPPED"!!!!! WOW!!!!! Was happy about that so I will continue EVERY SINGLE DAY and perhaps twice a day to perform this miracle solution to more healthy gums and teeth. I have the old silver fillings so I am just hoping that this continues to help me with my dental care!!!!!! THANK GOD for oil pulling!!!!!!!

0 · May 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM

Just now i've started friends one of my friend said gingelly oil is better. Can i use it?

1536 · May 25, 2013 at 06:10 PM

I've been oil pulling on and off for about a year. When I was in Korea, I was looking for an alternative to the hard brushes/highly corrosive tooth products they make domestically, as well as shelling out $12 for American toothpaste that is still corrosive.

I found that my gums were less sensitive, my breath was fresher, my teeth cleaner and whiter, and less need to brush my teeth. I also found that I needed to pick under and around my bridge a lot less. I also was less prone to cavities, and in one case, apparently had one heal. However, I found the same effects with eating paleo in general, except for the bridge cleaning (ever have a homemade beef jerky impaction? OUCH.). At the same time, I did in fact notice some other effects, such as a decrease in allergic reactions to pollen, smoother skin, clearer skin, less psoriasis, better appetite and better sleep.

I do not attribute this to the actual oil itself (though I may have absorbed some nutrients from oil), but rather, the relaxing effects of rhythmically swishing oil around my mouth, because:

  1. I have a mouth full of oil and thus must focus attention on swishing it around my mouth and keeping it in my mouth. I certainly can't multitask and talk to people while doing this. This forces me to be mindful of the present moment and not worry about other things so much. It's meditative.
  2. I am doing a rhythmic motion with my mouth, which I must do at a gentle pace in order to keep doing it for 20 minutes, thus relaxing my body and heart rate.
  3. I'm exercising, even if it's just my face.
  4. It's easier to smile and talk when I'm not as worried about how my mouth health effects me socially, again, to be "in the moment" and not as self-conscious.
  5. I'm less prone to overeating, eating cheat foods, or taking in stimulants (smoking, coffee, alcohol) after pulling, whether this is due to the meditative effects or simply how gross it is to have a beer after pulling.
  6. 20 minutes of oil pulling makes me phlegmy, so I'm apt to drink a lot of water after pulling.
  7. All of the above seems to tighten the mind-body connection and have a positive impact on my immune system and thus, overall health.

Not to discount that the oil does kill bacteria and soothes the gums. However, I don't think I would get the added benefits of this meditative exercise of pulling if I simply wiped oil on my gums and teeth each morning and went on my merry way.

0 · May 24, 2013 at 08:54 PM

First, let me start with I'm not all that holistic, so I really have to see for myself before I will believe.

I've been oil pulling for about 18 months now with sunflower oil, 1x daily for a year, and about 3x per week now - 15 minutes at a time. I happened across the topic online and thought I would give it a shot for teeth whitening. I went to the dentist this week after not having an appointment for more than three years, I was worried. The dentist and staff were shocked at the incredible shape my gums and teeth are in, and while I have fairly straight and nice teeth, I've had cavities and gum issues before. I was sure they would recommend every 3 month cleanings for a while, but they said everything looks great.

My dentist looked up the oil pulling topic and found a journal article about a study that was done that found oil pulling for two weeks to be as effective as the chemical rinse they typically provide, though the final findings were inconclusive. My dentist was theorizing if the oil may be suffocating the bacteria within your mouth that requires oxygen to survive. He doesn't see why I should stop doing it if I believe it helps, and we have no reason to believe it's not.

I will agree with another poster regarding other affects such as assistance with constipation, I've seen it posted on other sites that it helps if you have a hangover.

After reading the responses here I may switch to coconut oil for a while.

0 · May 11, 2013 at 06:46 PM

I started oil pulling about 2 months ago. I use cold pressed virgin coconut oil and swish about a tablespoon every morning (before food or drink) for 20 minutes. I have a history of always getting cavities. My most recent visit to the dentist (which was only 1 month after oil pulling) showed no cavities! My dentist was also astonished as to how incredibly healthy my gums looked. I've always had healthy gums, so he couldn't believe that they were actually so much more perfect. I actually thought my gums may have receeded a bit but I was actually due to the gums becoming more taught and healthy. I recommend this to everyone! My teeth are noticeably whiter as well. It's seriously awesome!

0 · May 01, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I would say reading this, it is the miracle cure for everything. What about snakeoil does that work well for pulling? I am sorry i could not help myself, the last comment about curing cracked and crusty heels pushed me over the edge

0 · April 27, 2013 at 01:46 AM

I have a question. I really like oil pulling. I use sunflower oil for 20 minutes about 1 to 2 times a day (sometimes I skip a day). I was just wondering if I can pull for longer than 20 minutes, because I really like oil pulling? I heard that over 20 minutes is not good, but I'm not positive. I would like to do it longer. For some reason, it feels good to oil pull! Hahah :)

   Please reply back! :D

0 · April 21, 2013 at 03:20 PM

I've been Oil Pulling for almost 18 Months. I just started Oil Pulling with Garlic Oil to help my receding and Bleeding Gums. Oil Pulling is an excellent way to keep your teeth clean. I don't have any Gunk between my teeth, but I can't get the the bleeding to stop when I brush / Floss my Teeth. Show traces of Blood 3 Days a week. Blood Clears and stops immediately when a gargle with Salt.

0 · April 21, 2013 at 03:14 PM

I've been Oil Pulling for almost 18 Months. I just started Oil Pulling with Garlic Oil to help my receding and Bleeding Gums. Oil Pulling is an excellent way to keep your teeth clean. I don't have any Gunk between my teeth, but I can't get the the bleeding to stop when I brush / Floss my Teeth. Show traces of Blood 3 Days a week. Blood Clears and stops immediately when a gargle with Salt.

0 · April 11, 2013 at 02:57 PM

Before I started oil pulling my teeth had been breaking up for decades causing terrible toothaches periodically. I can't afford a dentist. At the time I started oil pulling, I had about 5 broken decayed teeth. Oil pulling stopped all the breaking and decay and the broken teeth have actually grown bigger. Too bad I didn't discover this earlier before I lost some. I have been oil pulling for a couple of years now. I still had a large buildup of plaque. A couple days age I switched from olive oil to coconut oil and the plaque is breaking off in large chunks.

0 · April 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

I started oil pulling about 2 months ago and figured, eh what the heck, it can't hurt me so let's try it. Well, immediately (we're talking within minutes of spitting out the oil) I noticed my teeth were much whiter and my breath was really fresh (even without brushing teeth). I drink A LOT of black coffee and people keep commenting these days on how white and perfect my teeth are. Over a few weeks, my gums became pinker. I also had VERY sensitive teeth before. It was terrible -- I could not drink hot or cold liquids and sour foods hurt. Now, NO sensitivity. Honestly, 100% VANISHED. I also usually suffer from seasonal allergies in the spring and fall. This spring, I have had NO symptoms. Seriously! No head congestion, no itchy eyes, no scratchy throat. I also suffered from acne, but I have to say my skin has never looked better. My complexion is smooth and clear. I've had more regular digestion and I have SO MUCH energy. I sleep like a baby every night, wake up feeling refreshed and my mind overall is just clearer. I also think oil pulling may even be reducing my gray hair, but this I can't confirm b/c I dye my hair. I also run a lot and I've noticed a lot less of the usual aches and pains that comes with long-distance running.

Anyway, I usually don't post online, but I had to let the world know that I think oil pulling really works. You'll be amazed at how you can feel if you start pulling some of the toxins out of your body. I don't really know how oil pulling works, or why, but please try it.

Note: I swish coconut, sesame or sunflower oil in my mouth for 20 minutes. I do it first thing when I wake up (BEFORE drinking water/coffee/brushing teeth) but I love it so much I know try to do it before dinner, too, on an empty stomach.

Update: Another cure: I wanted to add I also used to get urinary tract infections. They were pretty painful and mostly just annoying. And yes, I exercised often, drank plenty of water and cranberry juice and would still get them. After I've been OP I have no had a single UTI. It's such a relief to be free of that nagging pain.

I would really love it if people could post on here and write what oil pulling has cured for them. Has anyone ever been harmed/gotten worse from oil pulling???

0 · March 20, 2013 at 01:44 PM

I startes Oil pulling about 3 weeks ago using an organic coconut oil every morning for 20 min. before breakfast. My teeth and gums are already much healthier. A wisdom tooth that had been bothering me stopped hurting, and my tongue, which is usually coated with this white nasty stuff, is now a healthy pink. Something else I have noticed is that the heels on my feet are smooth and soft now. Three weeks ago they were cracked and crusty, and have been for years, even though I cover them with lotion every day. I have done nothing different but the oil pulling. I looked it up online and true enough, that is another advantage of oil pullin. Don't ask me why though. Good luck!

0 · March 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Hi, One of my gums on my bottom front teeth had receeded to the point where it doesent look as tho theres any gum less... It hasent receeded at the sides just at the bottom. Now i went to the dentist and he told me that im brushing too hard and it was just due to that... Now ive noticed the otherone next to it has started to do it. Im soo worried about it... I DONT have gum disease or gingervitus just from brushing too hard... will Oil pulling regrow my gums? and has anyone else experiance this from brushing too hard? Many Thanks Hannah X

0 · March 10, 2013 at 06:56 AM

been oil pulling for two weeks with virgin olive oil. my gums feel great and my teeth are smooth like glass now. i know that the oil can be absorbed into your body under your tongue (thats why you are sometimes told to put a pill under your tongue). the oils kill the bacteria in your mouth and you spit out the dead bacteria and toxins. that frees up your immune system to figjt other diseases. anyway, it can't hurt and is cheaper than mouthwash without the toxic chemicals.

0 · February 28, 2013 at 07:37 AM

I have been doing it for one week and after flossing my teeth,I did not have any blood or soreness like I have always had.

30 · February 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM

I just did my first oil pulling this morning. I normally use a professional, peroxide based whitening system for my teeth but remembered a conversation with some friends about oil pulling. I decided to give it a try as I had lots of red wine and black coffee this weekend. I used an unfiltered organic extra virgin olive oil. I rinsed/swished for about fifteen minutes (during my shower). My teeth are gleaming! I mean, this gave me the same results as several consecutive days of my professional whitening system. I brushed before and after and flossed after. My teeth look terrific.

91 · February 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM

An excellent Pulling Oil is Camelina. It has high anti-oxidant Vitamin E, with 2 to 1 Omega 3 Omega 6 ratio.

I get mine here; Whole health Camelina Oil

0 · February 04, 2013 at 05:40 PM

I have been doing for about a month. It works. My teeth are whiter and really reduced the plague is almost gone. As a side affect, my joints do not hurt as much and andy sinuses are clearer. I have not had a sinus headache for 3 weeks. I use fractionated coconut oil.

0 · December 12, 2012 at 06:07 AM

I was told by a doctor the detoxification occurs by pulling things like metals, chlorine, etc that has been absorbed into our teeth. Regardless of whether you believe it detoxifies or not, there is no denying the benefits you get to your teeth and gums. My teeth are bright white after less than a month and I drink coffee all day everyday! My gums look great and sensitivity is going down... Hoping wt a few months I will no longer have to worry about the sensitivity I'm currently plagued wt!

0 · December 04, 2012 at 02:33 AM

Has anyone ever tried using flax seed oil ? I've heard it's one of the better oils on the market when it comes to health . Any thoughts ?

0 · December 03, 2012 at 09:50 PM

Yes, oil pulling works!! I am doing it right now, and I can feel the improvement already. I've been pulling with coconut oil for about a year, and my teeth are stronger because of it! We are always unsure of the unknown, because we believe what we grow up being told about our teeth. But, we can reverse damage, and don't NEED a dentist to do it! Try it, it's great, and it DOES make teeth whiter, and healthier.

3029 · November 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM

It works!! Used coconut oil (10-15 minutes swishing around my mouth). Spit outside. Took all my plague off and made my teeth glowing white!! Reminds me, I really should start doing it again.

0 · November 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM

In theory if you had a fat based poison in your system the "clean" oil in your mouth would extract the poison from our body from simple fat absorption.

3180 · July 10, 2012 at 07:59 PM

I also think the toxin effect is BS, but the dental health effects are real as discussed in this study:

Discussion An exhaustive search of literature didn’t yield any studies related to Oil Pulling and oral health. This is an indigenous procedure, having its origin in the Aurvedic literature of India. Oil Pulling has been mentioned in Charakasamhita and Sushrata’s Arthashastra. For this reason, by no means Oil Pulling deserves a lack of scientific interest. In spite of most of the Ayurvedic texts stressing the systemic benefits of Oil Pulling, our study has proved, it’s indeed having dental benefits also. Since there are no studies till date assessing the dental benefits of Oil Pulling, our study has been the first in this untrodden path. When compared to tooth brushes and mouth rinses, Oil Pulling has also resulted in a significant improvement in oral hygiene. Though refined sunflower oil has been used in the present study, there has been mention of other oils like sesame oil, groundnut oil, olive oil, mustard oil etc. Liquids from water and milk to extracts of gooseberries have been used for Oil Pulling. Some oils are more palatable than others in their raw state. Hence the author after trying various types of oils, came to a conclusion to use the most palatable, the refined sunflower oil for this study. Though Oil Pulling has resulted in a significant reduction in Plaque and gingivitis, it can’t be considered as a replacement for tooth brushing, but can definitely be a supplemental oral hygiene aid. The most objectionable part of this procedure is that, it has to be performed early in the morning, on empty stomach. Though all the subjects in this study complied with this during the study period, it can’t be assured that they will perform this procedure lifelong. The results of the questionnaire indicated that 80% of the study subjects were willing to perform this procedure lifelong. It takes a lot of determination on part the subjects to master this procedure and perform it on a regular basis. Unless and until the subjects are sufficiently motivated, Oil Pulling can be rarely voluntarily accepted. More over if the subjects are disabled, handicapped, its difficult for them to adopt this procedure. The most wonderful part of Oil Pulling is that, it can be performed using any oil easily available at homes. Refined sunflower oil or any other cooking oil for that matter is a common house hold commodity in most of the Indian homes. Hence the material for oil pulling is easily accessible to most of the Indian population right at their homes. This is a therapy that can be practiced right at home, without any expenses, and has a huge storehouse of benefits.(11) A liter of any brand of refined oil at present costs about 55-70 rs on an average. Whereas most of the available mouth rinses cost about 30-40 rs per 100 ml. If the cost per rinse is compared, Oil Pulling will cost about 0.55 to 0.70 rs per rinse, whereas a mouthrinse will cost 2.50 to 3.00 rs. The Oil Pulling procedure has to be performed in a calm and bright area, early in the morning. How many of us can afford to spare 10 to 15 minutes of our early morning time, to perform Oil Pulling, by sitting calmly and concentrating the oil inside our mouth. In the context of the present day busy lives, its very hard to accept this procedure, unless and until more studies are carried out, and the benefits are proven repeatedly. According to Ayurvedic literature Oil Pulling has been known to be effective on some 30 systemic diseases. Such a precious and practical solution to so many problems, has remained elusive to our sight since a long time. So this study is an eye opener to encourage further studies in this regard.

-2 · June 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Hi all. I had VERY SEVERE ORAL THRUSH stuck religiously to candida diet for a10 weeks. Then I got food posioning from Sushi and ended up in hospital 6 days. My immune system was SO LOW and no matter how often I brushed my teeth I had DRAGON BREATH! Then I heard about OIL PULLING and Coconut Oil. Have been oil pulling EVERY morning for 20 minutes, my mouth and breath feel fresh, I also put a teaspoon of coconut oil in my porridge every morning. IT IS WONDERFUL STUFF now my husband, who has been on " bags" of antibiotics intravenously the past 5 years had thick thrush on his tongue, he also does oil pulling now and eats it in his porridge and the improvement is unbelievable! By the way, I also use Coconut Oil as a Moisturiser for my skin, no more chemical! Make sure you get UNREFINED COLD PRESSED VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. To all the " unbelievers" in Coconut Oil, google, HOW GOOD IS COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR HEART" . We LOVE in and stay on it, will buy it in bulk now. All the best.

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