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)
So, 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:
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Now you can eat, brush and go about your day.
How I Oil Pull:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brush my teeth
My Personal Results:
So far I have been at it for two weeks and I am so GLAD I tried it.
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!
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.
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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