Oil pulling is the act of swishing oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes at a time to improve your oral health and naturally whiten teeth.
Coconut oil pulling is like using coconut oil as a mouthwash to reduce plaque and bacteria in your mouth. By swishing the oil in your mouth, you are “pulling” out toxins, bacteria, and parasites, which you later spit out and thus clean out of your mouth. This process may also superficially whiten your teeth by removing any stains, similar to a dental hygiene cleaning.
Although it is just now getting re-discovered in the United States, oil pulling is a practice that has been used for thousands of years as an Ayurvedic Indian folk remedy that traditionally used sesame or sunflower oil.
The coconut fruit itself is alkaline. However, most techniques to extract the oil from the fruit uses heat, rendering the coconut oil acidic. This process can be compared to roasting coffee. The coffee bean itself is alkaline, but when roasted, becomes acidic.
Skinny Coconut Oil is the only ALKALINE coconut oil on the market. On the pH scale, Skinny tests a 7.3 (that of a natural, raw coconut), whereas other oils are testing at a 3.5-5.5 (acidic). Skinny is also infused with peppermint essential oil, providing lasting fresh breath.
You should oil pull first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything for the day. Simply place up to a tablespoon of Skinny Coconut Oil in your mouth and allow it to melt (can place it between your cheek and teeth or between your lips and teeth to speed this process), then begin to swish the oil around in your mouth. Without swallowing or gargling the oil, move the oil around your mouth, teeth, and gums for 5 to 20 minutes. A great way to build this into your routine is to oil pull while you are in the shower.
When you are ready to finish, spit the oil into a disposable cup or in the trashcan- not into the sink or toilet. Because coconut oil solidifies when cold, this can create build up over time in your drain. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and brush your teeth as usual.
You may notice some immediate improvements. After just one time oil pulling, your mouth will feel significantly cleaner and fresher. After a few times, your teeth may become whiter, breath becomes fresher, and your gums may take on a healthy pink color. Chronic problems such as bleeding or inflamed gums and loose teeth may also be improved, but see your dentist if problems continue. This is not medical advice.
“I have seen a significant improvement in the oral and periodontal health of my patients who practice coconut oil pulling.” – Dr. Ted Reese, DDS
Have you tried oil pulling yet? What are your thoughts and questions on the “trendy” ancient practice?