Monday, January 26, 2015

Oil Pulling

I decided to give oil pulling a try. I have been using coconut oil to remove makeup and clean makeup brushes for quite some time and wanted to explore other ways to use it. It's also a huge fad right now and I wanted to see what the rage is all about.

What is oil pulling? 
Using oil to remove toxins from your mouth and to whiten your teeth. 

How do you do it?
Take a small amount of coconut oil (about a spoonful) and swish between your teeth in the morning for 20 minutes. You don't have to swish vigorously. Spit out in a trash can, not the sink as the oil can harden and block drains.  

Is it effective?
Obviously, it does not replace brushing your teeth, whitening tooth paste and flossing. It's not as effective as using whitening strips or professional teeth whitening. 

Given all of that, I did notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth by day two. Not a drastic difference, but a noticeable difference which was surprising.

There's online articles that list extensive health benefits from oil pulling, but research doesn't support many of those claims. I say it's worth a try to see how much it does or doesn't do for you. 

Will I continue oil pulling and do I recommend it? 
I think it's a great supplement to routine dental and whitening teeth care. White teeth are important to me. The number one tip I give before photo sessions is whitening teeth. 

You can only use Crest White Strips or professional whitening systems every six months to one year (I personally think no more than once a year because of how harsh they are to enamel). This is a good natural way to whiten teeth between using professional methods. I also think it moisturized and improved my gums. 


  1. I never knew about oil pulling for teeth! I use coconut oil for so much...may need to give this a try!

    1. If you try it, let me know how it goes!