My Results With Coconut Oil Pulling ☆ Spoiler: Extra White Teeth

Let me preface this post with a little info about myself. I am not into fads or trends, not even in my teens-twenties. I am almost anti-trend, just because it’s the latest and greatest doesn’t mean I need to do it. I still haven’t contoured, or died my hair to match Rainbow Dash and I never got into the chunky highlight either. (Thank God)

Chemical free teeth whitening with awesome health benefits? Yes, please! With Coconut Oil and this 3000+ year old technique your smile will be brighter than everSo, when my Mother brought Oil Pulling to my attention around 6 months ago I quietly “listened”. You know, the type of listening that involves not processing the words and looking interested. It’s often followed by a blank stare when they ask you a follow up question.

Swishing oil around in my mouth sounded as appealing as steaming your who-ha. I was just imagining that thick greasy film clinging to my cheeks. Ick, thanks no thanks! (It’s really not as bad as I expected.)

While she’s going on and on, I do the polite daughterly-thing and roll my eyes. I knew she was just trying to help, as I have struggled with dental issues since my first pregnancy. But, I was not going to “detox” while 6 months pregnant with Rayne.

I brushed it off, until 2 weeks ago.

Why I Decided To Try It

I was in some serious pain. If you have ever had mouth pain you KNOW what I am talking about. My first pregnancy with Jade absolutely killed my mouth. I broke a tooth, got pregnancy gingivitis and that turned into long last periodontal disease. Ah, The fun side effects of pregnancy.

Back to present day, I am currently 3 months postpartum and my second pregnancy was even worse on my mouth. I broke another tooth and my gums hate me. It’s been brutal. I am all about trying the natural route first, so I did some of my own research on oil pulling and decided to try it. At that point I had nothing to lose.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. This information is not to be used to substitute the advice of a professional. Please consult your Dr or Dentist before you start any new health routine. 

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Brief History On Oil Pulling:

It originates from Ayurveda medicine and is a 3000+ year old regiment for oral hygiene. It is the practice of swishing or pulling oil through the teeth to detox the body and improve oral health. Vegetable based oils like Sesame, Olive, Grape Seed or Coconut are most commonly used. If you want more background information go here. (See I told you it’d be brief)

Picking An Oil: I Recommend Coconut

If you didn’t know, Coconut Oil is like the Mac Daddy of oils. Don’t believe me? Check out these 1600+ studies on it. It has incredible health benefits, not only is it antibacterial, it’s anti-fungal, and anti-viral. The lauric acid in it kicks some serious germ butt. Though, you can use a different oil and most of the studies on oil pulling are conducted with sesame. There are a couple studies done using coconut.

In MY opinion Coconut Oil kicks Sesame Oil’s ass in a game of Tetherball everyday of the week when it comes to health benefits. But, for the sake of being fair, they both arguably have great benefits. I prefer coconut. Research which you think would work best for you.

The benefits of Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil:

  • Detoxes
  • Whitens teeth Naturally (No chemicals for you to ingest while whitening)
  • Kills bacteria and helps with inflammation
  • Reduces Plaque and gingivitis (no more bleeding gums)
  • Kills the germs that causes bad breath
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Helps reduce headaches
  • Clears Skin
  • Cures tooth decay
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Helps with dry throat
  • Helps with pesky chapped lips
  • Boosts Immune System

How you’re supposed to Oil Pull: The “official” Directions

(see below for how I Oil Pull)


  1. Use 1 tablespoon of a vegetable based oil first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (not even water).
    ☆ Do not brush your teeth first.
  2. Swish the oil around for 10-20 minutes, gently pull it through your teeth.
    ☆ If you get all crazy with it your cheeks are gonna be hating you in three minutes. Don’t swallow the oil, you’re trying to get rid of the junk not ingest it back in.
  3. When you hit 20 minutes or if your jaw is ready to fall off spit it in the TRASH. Which ever comes first. 
    ☆ Coconut oil solidifies when it’s cold, can you image that type of drain nightmare?
  4. Now you can eat, brush and go about your day.

How I Oil Pull:

  1. Use 1/2 teaspoon of Organic Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil.
    ☆ Most likely this will be after lunch for me, because I have yet to remember to do it in the morning.
    ☆ I have no clue how people use 1 tablespoon (I have even seen it suggested to use 2 tbsp! The horror!). I couldn’t even deal with a teaspoon. I guess my salivary glands are just over active.
  2. Swish the oil around for 5-10 minutes.
    ☆ By minute 3 have so much saliva/oil in my mouth, I have to spit half of it out in the trash before I choke.
    ☆ Swish whatever is left in my mouth for the remaining 5 minutes. That’s  if I can make it without having to stop my oldest from supergluing her hands together. It’s hard not being able to talk when your children are always up to mischief.
  3. Rinse my mouth with warm salt water.
    ☆ I do this because of my already bad periodontal disease and the supposed antimicrobial properties. All I know, is when I am in some serious mouth pain a salt water gargle helps a ton. If you do this make sure you DO NOT SWALLOW. High doses of sodium can kill you.
  4. Brush my teeth

My Personal Results:

So far I have been at it for two weeks and I am so GLAD I tried it.

Benefit 1:

My teeth are extra white, they’ve never been this white. I am a 3-5 cup of coffee a day person and an ex-smoker. It’s crazy, I could have a career in teeth modeling now!

Benefit 2:

The inflammation in my gums has gone down by over 50%. I can brush my teeth without any irritation and I am no longer in pain while eating. I have also notice a decrease in hot/cold sensitivity.

Benefit 3:

My significant other gave me an early morning kiss bye a couple of days ago, and noted that I still smelt like toothpaste from the night before! Bye, bye morning breath!

Those results aren’t even from doing it everyday. More like 3-4 times a week, when I remembered. I will say it takes some getting used to.

Day one for me went like this:

Step 1: Use way too much
Step 2: Gag at the texture of the cold oil
Step 3: Spit half of it out in the sink in a panic
Step 4: Freak out about spitting it in the sink
Step 5: Manage to keep the other half in my mouth for 3 minutes before spitting it in the trash

I guess it wasn’t too bad as I went back for round two and have been doing it ever since.

Do you oil pull? What’s your experience? If you don’t try it for a week and let me know your thoughts on it!

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    1. Yes, they are so overpriced. Besides when you use coconut oil you don’t have to worry about swallowing toxins. Let me know your results!

  1. Wow! I had no idea this was a thing. I LOVE coconut oil and I’m always so paranoid about my teeth and keeping them healthy. I’m definitely giving this a go!! Thank you SO much for sharing this info 🙂

  2. I am going to try this. I have dental problems because of other health issues, add to the fact they have to put me to sleep just to clean my teeth – I need all the help I can get.

  3. Your steps for the first time you tried oil pulling made me laugh – they’re just about identical to mine. But I have noticed great results in the past myself, too … I’ve been telling myself I need to get back to it, but I’m dreading the cystic acne that ALWAYS breaks out on my cheekbones during the detoxing phase (first month of almost daily use). I hate that part, and have yet to make it through that to see if it will pass.

    Thanks for inspiring me to try again.

  4. I went to the dentist because I had such bad tooth sensitivity. He told me all I could do was use sensitive toothpaste. I’ve been doing that, and it has helped- but not as much as I would like. I am definitely going to try oil pulling now. Not to mention my teeth could be whiter. 🙂 Thanks for the tips.

  5. So, as a keto diet lover. I use coconut oil in almost anything!!! Coffee is my favorite right now. Love that I am not the only one seeing its many uses!!!


  6. Honestly this is the first time I’ve heard of this and I think it’s definitely worth a try. Oil has a love of benefits and it would be nice if it helped with your teeth too.

  7. I think taste alone coconut oil will beat sesame oil! I love cooking with coconut oil, but I’m hesitant about swishing it my mouth. Nonetheless, I’ll try crazy tricks just to get whiter teeth more naturally, as natural as swishing oil in your mouth. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Love this post ! xoxo

  8. I might just have to try this! I’ve been hearing about it from a few bloggers but I didn’t get any info on the benefits (which are amazing) and whiter teeth? Who doesn’t want whiter teeth! 🙂

  9. heard that this was great! A friend of mine used it to help cure his illness. I guess I have to get use to coconut 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  10. I’ve done this off and on for the last four-five years and every time I start back up I kick myself for quitting in the first place! When I went to the dental hygenist last week I was three months overdue for my cleaning and she asked me how I kept my teeth to so white–(I drink cofffee and red wine on occasion). Pulling with organic coconut oil and brushing my teeth with coconut oil and baking soda. This works really well for whiteness, but I do it for the detox benefits.

  11. Interesting post! I have seen a lot about using oil pulling to whiten teeth but have never read such an in depth review. I don’t know if I am will try it. The thought of swishing oil in my mouth still weirds me out! Haha!

  12. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to give this a try…. I think I could do your shorter version.

    Seriously though… steaming your cooter? Wtf Jacqui? You’re gonna have to explain this one to me in our thread lol

  13. OMG, I didn’t know about this but really interested. I’m definitely gonna try it in the next hour or so (and see how I go). I’ve started using Coconut oil on my face and I’m loving it so far!

  14. I did oil pulling leading up to my wedding and it definitely makes a difference! I stopped doing it, but I may pick it up again as the results really are quite amazing!

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