A few months ago my brother called me and asked what I think about oil pulling. I said “Oil pulling? What the hell is that?” Then I Googled, read, read some more and got intrigued. Could my bellowed coconut oil do more than just moisturize my skin and hair and enhance the flavor of my chicken? The answer was YES!
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is the process of taking a tablespoon or more of extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes. The idea is that the coconut oil will:
- Remove bacteria from your mouth
- Whiten your teeth
- Improve your breath
All of these points were enough to convince me to try it. So the first day I grabbed a spoon and my jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil, scooped some coconut oil in my spoon and placed it in my mouth. For a person that loves coconut anything I ended up doing less than five minutes of swooshing. The feeling was weird and the more you swish the oil in your mouth the more it expands.
The next day I tried again and did the full 20 minutes. It was actually really easy and did not taste bad at all. I don’t know why the first day was not as easy but perhaps I just needed some time to get used to it.
Should You Start Oil Pulling?
Needless to say I’ve been doing oil pulling for a few months now and I see some results. My teeth are still not white as snow but they are whiter. I still use my baking soda when I remember and I have gone a whole week of not doing oil pulling. A month or so ago I saw my brother and noticed that his front teeth were WHITE! Whiter than mine actually and that was shocking. His teeth have NEVER been whiter than mine but he is really strict with oil pulling. He does it twice a day; once in the morning and once at night when he comes home from work. So if you want proof that this works, I’ll need to take pictures of his teeth instead of mine.
If you want a safe, easy and painless way to whiten your teeth, try oil pulling. Some people swear that it improves their teeth and dental visits. I need to schedule my 6 month cleaning but I’m hoping I’ll get the same feedback.