I decided to try oil pulling for myself after reading a few blog posts and watching a few videos. I was definitely skeptical, but I decided that it was worth a try since I was unable to find any information about harmful side effects. On the other hand, I found plenty of blog posts and videos raving about the benefits.
The whole process sounds strange. You put a spoonful of oil (I use organic coconut oil) in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. However, after only two days, I am a believer. Why? Well, after only two oil pulling sessions I have noticed that my teeth appear to be whiter, and they are also less sensitive to cold. I have also noticed that my gums no longer bleed after brushing and flossing. In my opinion, those benefits alone are enough to make oil pulling worthwhile.
If you are reading this article, you are probably thinking about trying oil pulling for yourself. I put together some tips that will help you get started. Hopefully these tips will make your first experience with oil pulling go as smoothly as possible.
On my first attempt, I made the mistake of grabbing a huge scoop of coconut oil and popping it right into my mouth. This caused two problems. First, I almost gagged on a mouthful of oil — not exactly a pleasant way to start out the morning! Then, once I got over the gag reflex, I realized that my mouth was so full that I couldn’t swish the oil around. I had to spit half of the oil out. I would definitely recommend starting with a small spoonful of oil for your first session. Use less than you think. You can always use more next time, once you get used to the whole process.
Warm Up the Oil
I used organic coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature. I found the texture of the solidified oil to be a little bit hard to get used to, so I decided to warm the oil up slightly. You don’t want to get the oil hot; you just want to warm it up enough that it turns into a liquid. You can heat the oil on the stove or in the microwave. If you are using oil that is already liquid at room temperature, you can skip this step.
Brush Your Teeth Afterwards
When I finish my 20 minute oil pulling session, I like to spit the oil into the trash and brush my teeth immediately. I find that this helps get rid of the taste and texture of the oil. I recommend spitting the oil into the trash instead of down the drain where it could solidify and cause clogs.