The Best Oil to Use for Oil Pulling

by Sarah Natural Remedies, Oral HealthComments: 243

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I first learned about oil pulling two decades ago while studying Ayurvedic cooking.  Oil pulling, or oil gargling, is an ancient detoxification therapy mentioned in Ayurvedic texts and is recommended as an easy, daily practice to rapidly improve oral health and over time, help resolve many chronic diseases.

The modern resurgence of oil pulling therapy commenced in 1992 and was initiated by Dr. F. Karach, MD, who used it with great success in his medical practice. Dr. Karach claimed that oil pulling would resolve a variety of illnesses including hormonal problems, cardiovascular disease, and digestive ailments.

Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Coconut Cures and Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing, suggests that oil pulling therapy can effectively be used to clear and heal sinus problems as one of the first detox symptoms that is experienced is an increased flow/clearing of mucous from the throat and sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of the body’s best methods of removing toxins.

How Does Oil Pulling Work?

The practice of oil pulling is extremely simple.

One tablespoon of raw, cold pressed oil is swished in the mouth for 15-20 minutes.  The swishing process involves gently pushing and pulling the oil around and through the teeth.

Oil pulling should be performed one to three times a day on an empty stomach.  The best time for oil pulling is upon arising in the morning before breakfast or drinking anything, but anytime of day before eating will do.

Dr. Fife advises the following while oil pulling:

While you are pulling, mucous may build in the back of your throat. You may even have to expel the oil and clear the mucous from your throat before reaching a full 20 minutes. That’s okay, take another spoonful of oil and continue until you’ve pulled for a total of 15-20 minutes.

After swishing with the oil for the allotted amount of time, the oil is completely spit out and the teeth, gums, tongue and palate gently cleansed by rinsing the mouth with salt water and brushing as usual.

It is important to note that the oil used for oil pulling must never be swallowed as it is loaded with toxins and bacteria and possibly even pus and mucous if an infection is present.

Which Oil is Best to Use for Oil Pulling?

A variety of oils are recommended for oil pulling. Traditionally, sesame oil, coconut oil or butter oil (ghee) are used. Modern day practice of this ancient therapy includes sunflower or olive oil as alternatives as well.   

While any of these oils are likely effective, is any one choice better than the others?

According to research performed by Irish scientists from the Athlone Institute of Technology who tested the effects of coconut oil, vegetable oil and olive oil on dental health, the answer is yes.

Of the three types of oil tested, only coconut oil was shown to prevent Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a common inhabitant of the mouth and a major cause of tooth decay, from binding to and damaging tooth enamel.

This finding lends serious credence to the anecdotal claims of some people who report that oil pulling works best with coconut oil.

Lead researcher Dr. Damien Brady stated that coconut oil could prove to be an attractive alternative to chemicals in maintaining oral health.  He noted that not only does coconut oil work at relatively low concentrations, but with the worrisome problem of increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important to consider coconut oil a potentially novel new way to control microbial infections.

Dr. Fife also recommends making medicated coconut oil in his book, Oil Pulling Therapy to enhance the effects and healing properties of oil pulling.

Refined vs Unrefined Coconut Oil  

Virgin coconut oil is the best choice for oil pulling therapy as it is truly “raw” – unheated, unrefined and may contain micronutrients and co-factors not present in expeller pressed coconut oils which are heated as part of the refining process.

Remember too, that coconut oil solidifies at 76 F/24 C, so if your virgin coconut oil is solid in the pantry, you may need to gently liquify it in a pan of warm water before commencing your oil pulling routine for the day unless you are comfortable to let it melt in your mouth before you start swishing.

Is Oil Pulling Right for You?

Oil pulling is probably the cheapest and easiest detoxification regimen you could ever try.  It simply involves swishing your mouth with oil one to three times a day on an empty stomach and then spitting it out.

No dieting, fasting, herbs or pills are required to get started. No matter what your age or level of health, oil pulling is harmless and nearly anyone can do it.

Sometimes powerful answers come in a brown paper bag. Give oil pulling with virgin coconut oil a try!

Sarah The Healthy Home Economist

Sources and More Information

Natural Toothpaste for Healing Cavities

Tooth brushing, oil pulling and tissue regeneration: A review of holistic approaches to oral health

Oil Pulling for a Brighter Smile and Better Health

Coconut Oil Stops Strep from Damaging Tooth Enamel

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Comments (243)

  • jhon

    By the way, Sarah, your kitchen counters and appliances always sparkle so. Have you ever done a video, or would you do one, on how you do your cleaning without chemicals? I try to use things like white vinegar but I never seem to get that really clean looking shine.

    June 10th, 2016 11:54 am Reply
    • Sarah

      I just wipe with white vinegar on a damp cloth normally. Nothing fancy :)

      June 10th, 2016 5:02 pm Reply
  • Liam Scheff

    So, is coconut the only one that protects against Step Mutans?

    This says sesame works too.

    And this study:


    All the oils used in this study [olive, sesame, coconut] showed significant reduction in values of S. mutans count, Lactobacillus count, plaque scores, and gingival scores, and this reduction was comparable among all the oil groups. In addition, the reduction in oil groups was also comparable to the “gold standard” chlorhexidine group. So, it can be concluded that these oils can be used as valuable preventive agents in maintaining and improving oral health in low socioeconomic status population. However, it is recommended that further research should be conducted in other populations with a larger sample and longer duration of follow-up period.

    Also adding:

    In the present study, sesame oil, olive oil, and coconut oil were used for assessing their antimicrobial activity against the oral pathogens responsible for causing dental caries. “Sesame oil” also known as “gingelly oil or til oil” has antifungal, antioxidant, and health promoting activities,[19,20] “Olive oil” has been used medicinally in various times for its health benefits,[21] and “Coconut oil” is a common commodity found in Indian homes, which has anti-microbial effect against a wide range of micro-organisms found within the body.

    May 20th, 2016 3:23 am Reply
  • Elva Dröfn

    I have been oil pulling for a while now resulting in better oral health. The only shortcoming of it in my opinion is all the oil going to waste… Recently I started to collect the used oil in a jar where it accumulates very fast and all I can think is whether I can cleanse it somehow – does boiling kill the bacteria maybe and the remains suitable for frying? Or some other useful utilisation of the oil???

    January 7th, 2016 5:07 pm Reply
  • Ashwin

    I have naturally yellow teeth just like my dentist told me. If I do this OP, will my teeth whiten? And how many days should we do this for a week?

    September 3rd, 2015 11:36 am Reply
  • Troy

    Sesame oil is actually the original and still the best for oil pulling. Coconut oil is probably second but sesame oil is the most effective. Notice they weren’t compared in the test mentioned here. Look it up!

    March 16th, 2015 3:10 pm Reply
  • Mira

    Your comment is very helpful. I also got great results with OP and would recommend it to anybody.
    My teeth are wither and gums healthier. But a couple of days ago I got cancer sores which might be due to stress levels increased or as a detox reaction since I did OP for even over 30 min at a time!
    I found some answers on google where people say to persist with OP during cancer sores, which I will try.
    They are awfully painful and I hope OP together with salty water rinses will get me through it soon.

    February 9th, 2015 4:25 pm Reply
  • Betsy Faircloth via Facebook

    Is oil pulling still beneficial if you don’t do it first thing in the am?

    September 19th, 2014 9:20 am Reply
  • Marne Herzer via Facebook

    Omg…please tell me who your dentist is…sounds fab!! Seattle??

    September 19th, 2014 1:39 am Reply
  • Sharon Hill-Walker via Facebook

    I used to do this with sunflower oil (if memory serves) many years ago with good results. I will take this up again with the virgin unprocessed coconut oil. Thank you for this article.

    September 18th, 2014 9:03 pm Reply
  • Jenna Wilson via Facebook

    It made my teeth very white and deepened the wrinkles around my mouth from swishing, other than that I didn’t notice much.

    September 18th, 2014 8:34 pm Reply
  • Michèle-Andrée Cromp via Facebook

    I have mercury fillings and I do oil pulling regularly. It does wonders for the gums. No ill effects to report it’s all positive.

    September 18th, 2014 7:41 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Gustafson via Facebook

    Why are they showing a Teflon pan in this picture?

    September 18th, 2014 7:27 pm Reply
    • Not you

      Cuz the oil, duh!

      January 13th, 2015 8:21 pm Reply
  • Kathy Stout via Facebook

    I had bought coconut oil intending to try it, but hadn’t yet. Then I got a toothache that lasted for a week and a half and was getting worse. I was really trying to avoid oil pulling or going to the dentist. The first day I tried it the pain went away. I’ve done it every second to third day and the pain hasn’t returned and eating cold foods that were triggering pain before the big toothache has also disappeared. I did it for the full 20 minutes. It wasn’t easy; I ironed during that time (something I hate to do). Not sure what to think other than it has worked for me.

    September 18th, 2014 5:15 pm Reply
    • Tracy K

      I’ve had the same results, so have several in my family! Sometimes it takes a couple days to work. I like to do it in the shower. With little ones, that’s my main child-free vacation time. :)

      August 24th, 2015 11:51 am Reply
  • Pamela Fife via Facebook

    I have done this on more than one occasion. If I feel my gums are “sore” I will do this and the next day they are perfect again..I know there is something to it

    September 18th, 2014 4:48 pm Reply
  • Neryl McPhee via Facebook

    Banaban extra Virgin coconut oil “miracle in a bottle “

    September 18th, 2014 4:45 pm Reply
  • Sue Duffy Arroyo via Facebook

    I need to find a holistic dentist bear me. Is there a central website I can refer to?

    September 18th, 2014 3:18 pm Reply
  • Summer Cloninger via Facebook

    Is there a reason holistic costs more? Just wondering.

    September 18th, 2014 2:21 pm Reply
  • Carol Kulwicki via Facebook

    I’ve been doing it since February. Started with a mouthful of amalgam fillings, 12 total. Had 4 wisdom teeth removed a few months ago that were filled with amalgam and had two others done … now 6 more to go!!! The dentist and hygienist both said my gums looked very tight and healthy.

    September 18th, 2014 1:32 pm Reply
  • Justin Roy Olson via Facebook

    I have amalgam fillings been doing it four years….. With NUTIVA coconut oil I would love to get them out but money and anxiety keeps me from doing it

    September 18th, 2014 1:18 pm Reply
  • Debbie Eisa via Facebook

    Does anyone do this with amalgam fillings? I’ve read you shouldn’t, but some still do. Anyone?

    September 18th, 2014 1:12 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Lake via Facebook

    Fluoride is toxic. I wont use it or have my kids use it ever again.

    September 18th, 2014 12:34 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Mancini via Facebook

    I just left the dentist for a cleaning, not a holistic dentist, I don’t have the $ for that yet. Anyway she told me I need to use a fluoride rinse b/c my natural toothpaste doesn’t have any. I’m a little confused. Thoughts anyone?

    September 18th, 2014 12:25 pm Reply
  • kimyo

    i’ve found that oil pulling while earthing seems to enhance the effects.

    i sit outside while oil pulling, bare feet in direct contact with the earth. leaves me feeling great for hours.

    September 15th, 2014 4:05 pm Reply
  • woodburning teacher

    Is implants safe? Can you get blood infections from Dental Implants? Can you get Dementia or Alzheimer from Dental Implants? Peter Falk had a series of dental operations and then developed Alzheimer’s. I do not know what kind of dental surgery that he had that he developed Alzheimer’s. Can you have a stroke from having surgical implants? I have a lot of problems with my teeth because of the pain medication I have been taking. I developed Severe Fibromyalgia and tried so many different types of medications. I was laid up on the crouch for seven years so when I was finally placed on Fentanyl patches and lollipops for break through pain and it helped that I had a life again, I was thrilled. I did not think about the sugar in the lollipops. That sugar destroyed all most all of my teeth. I have had crowns and many root canals and now the root canals are going bad and I am having to have some of my teeth pulled. One of my front teeth went bad so I am getting ready to have an implant done. I did not want false teeth if possible. I was holding onto my root canal teeth because I felt like they were still my teeth. A friend of my who had all of her teeth pulled now has dementia. She does not wear her false teeth because they hurt her. Her daughter has started her on Coconut Oil. Please reply

    August 5th, 2014 3:49 pm Reply
    • Tricia

      Please please please those ppl who have love ones with dementia Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s ….. Eventually little by little get all amalgam taken out safely iaomt website then detox the heavy metal out of the body/ system via IV chelation / safe method slowly for life .please !!!!

      December 19th, 2014 12:01 am Reply
  • JBrown

    I have not been able to verify if it is wise to oil pull while pregnant/nursing, or if you have a dental implant (titanium) with a crown (nickel). Anyone have any real information on this?

    May 6th, 2014 12:29 am Reply
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  • Jacquie Vermay Donald via Facebook

    I really would like to try this. Nothing to it right? But if you rinse with salt right after then maybe it’s the salt doing all the wonders.

    May 5th, 2014 5:39 pm Reply
    • Tracy K

      I’ve never heard about the salt rinse, and I have had great results.

      August 24th, 2015 11:55 am Reply
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  • Tara Taylor via Facebook

    The TMJ symptoms that I experience every morning ( clicking and jaw pain) has completely subsided.

    May 5th, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
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  • Sarah Snyder via Facebook

    Thank you Frederica Huxley and Tammy Harrington now I understand!

    May 5th, 2014 12:39 pm Reply
  • KaCee K L Kemper via Facebook

    Teeth are cleaner, some dark spots are starting to lighten up, my breathe isn’t horrible! :)

    May 5th, 2014 11:14 am Reply
  • J’daire Wilcott Davis via Facebook

    My son and I have been doing this and our teeth feel cleaner, whiter and his acne has cleared up quite a bit! He is hoping to improve a receding gum to prevent surgery..

    May 5th, 2014 10:56 am Reply
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  • Dawna Brown via Facebook

    My teeth are definitely white r

    May 5th, 2014 10:04 am Reply
  • Tanita Gumney via Facebook

    Twenty minutes made my gums really sore and I had to quit after day 2. Took about a week for gums to return to normal. I occasionally do it now – for 5 minutes max. I have noticed whiter teeth and cavities don’t bother me. I also have a little phlegm. I love coconut oil.

    May 5th, 2014 9:56 am Reply
  • Candra Cline-Mosley via Facebook

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    May 5th, 2014 9:56 am Reply
  • Shauna Simpson via Facebook

    Rachel Worthington, you aren’t swallowing it once you are done, are you? (Just wasn’t sure by your question about eating bacteria from the night before).

    May 5th, 2014 9:54 am Reply
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  • R

    As a swimming instructor who puts in over 20 hours a week in a pool environment, I’ve struggled with sinus problems the last 5 years. I began oil pulling about 6 months ago to see if it would help. Yes, it has! The first thing I do in the morning is pop 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and then for the next 20 plus minutes I swish as I go about my morning routine, It took me a few weeks to not feel repulsed by the coconut oil melting in my mouth, but I’m over that now My sinus are clear, very little mucus in my throat anymore, I hardly blow my nose anymore. Now my husband is pulling oil!

    May 5th, 2014 9:19 am Reply
  • Rachel Worthington via Facebook

    Can anyone tell me why it’s done first thing in the morning? I like to do it after breakfast… does that mean I’m eating bad bacteria from the night before with my food? :/

    May 5th, 2014 9:17 am Reply
    • pam

      i also have the same question.
      why does it have to be empty stomach? originally, i thought it would be better right before you sleep? before your regular dental hygiene routine?

      also re. mercury filling, would it help detox?


      July 13th, 2014 1:50 pm Reply
  • Maria Magdalena Florentina Nedelcu via Facebook

    Try even calcium bentonite clay, it re-mineralizes the teeth. Whitens them. Pulls out toxins. Etc.

    May 5th, 2014 9:07 am Reply
  • Rachel Worthington via Facebook

    I’ve done oil-pulling 20 min every morning for a few months now, and recently noticed something: my molars used to have little black streaks in them, in the natural crooks and crannies. Not cavities, and the dentist never cared, but just there. I figured they were some kind of permanent stain. Well the other day I was inspecting my teeth, and they’re gone! All white, all the way around: I didn’t even think that was normal or possible!

    May 5th, 2014 9:02 am Reply
  • Brooke Oliver via Facebook

    Commenting here so that your posts will show up in my newsfeed more often… like they used to before fb made changes!

    May 5th, 2014 9:01 am Reply
  • Patricia Pruitt Korducavich via Facebook

    Not oil pulling yet. Working up to it, but brushing with a mixture of baking soda and coconut oil. My teeth have never felt cleaner or been whiter.

    May 5th, 2014 8:50 am Reply
  • Adrienne Lambert Colletti via Facebook

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    May 5th, 2014 8:48 am Reply
  • Belle Peppa via Facebook

    My teeth definetly feel cleaner; the first time i used it my bruised gums (from eating toast) were better by the end of the day; I haven’t been to the dentist for my 4 mo check up yet (we have been working on my gum disease for some time and i recently had bone surgery done); therefore, i can’t wait for my next visit! I haven’t brought up any mucous after oil pulling though. Is that significant?

    May 5th, 2014 8:40 am Reply
  • Lynda Riley via Facebook

    Whiter teeth and yes it is hard at first to do 20min but I do it when I wake up and am getting ready for work…makes the time go by quickly

    May 5th, 2014 8:34 am Reply
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  • Heidi Massey via Facebook

    never heard of this before, sounds crazy, kinda gross. i’m going to try it.

    May 5th, 2014 8:16 am Reply
  • Tara L. Wigfall via Facebook

    Tara D Goodyear this might help you. Have you already tried it?

    May 5th, 2014 8:12 am Reply
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    May 5th, 2014 7:42 am Reply
  • Isabel Kelly via Facebook

    Nancy it’s meant to b done first thing in the morning.

    May 5th, 2014 7:40 am Reply
  • Michele Story via Facebook

    I didn’t do the oil challenge, but my teeth and gums started looking and feeling much better when I hgave up fluoride toothpaste.

    May 5th, 2014 7:29 am Reply
  • Nancy Gardner via Facebook

    Have been doing it for a month or so, have way less plaque on my teeth. They are less yellow and my gums are now pink. I swish at night before bed.

    May 5th, 2014 7:18 am Reply
  • Tammy Harrington via Facebook

    Sarah Snyder, people “follow” a thread in order to be notified when others respond to the post.

    May 5th, 2014 7:13 am Reply
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  • Fiona

    I’ve tried oil pulling a few times but never really stuck with it! However, yesterday at my sister’s she was telling me she’s getting expensive dental work done for periodontal disease, and it made me recommit to oil pulling! I’ve never had trouble with my teeth (no cavities, ever), but my gums are another matter. So I’m back into it! I used coconut oil the last few times I did it, but the first time I tried it I used sesame oil. At the moment I don’t think I have any sesame so I’ll stick to coconut, but I’ll probably change to sesame when I can pick up some more.

    May 5th, 2014 4:35 am Reply
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  • Sarah Snyder via Facebook

    What does it mean when people comment “following”?

    May 5th, 2014 3:09 am Reply
  • Michelle Melpignano via Facebook

    When you start it just before getting in the shower 20 minutes goes by pretty fast.

    May 5th, 2014 2:34 am Reply
  • Mistie Moore Jones via Facebook

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    May 5th, 2014 2:01 am Reply
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  • Michelle Karwatt Anstadt via Facebook

    I’m so glad you asked, I did it and I have TMJ and that is feeling much better. Question though, after the month I told myself I would go to 1 or 2 times a week, what are your thoughtS!

    May 5th, 2014 1:07 am Reply
  • Julie Combs Vasquez via Facebook

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    May 5th, 2014 12:54 am Reply
  • Milagros Martinez G via Facebook

    I will start tonight!

    May 5th, 2014 12:48 am Reply
  • Shanna Rangel via Facebook

    I can’t do 20mins but Im up to 5mins.

    May 5th, 2014 12:45 am Reply
  • Nicole Stout via Facebook

    Just started. I noticed whiter teeth from the first swish! I only do 5 to 10 min…working my way to 20.

    May 5th, 2014 12:45 am Reply
  • Tessie LeBlanc Biggers via Facebook

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    May 5th, 2014 12:44 am Reply
  • Christina Byard via Facebook

    My holistic dentist believes that the true “active ingredient” to oil pulling is our own saliva. Nature gave us our own cleansing system. Swishing anything in our mouths for 20 minutes activates our salivary glands. By the end of 20 minutes, you will be swishing mainly saliva, which is designed by nature to be a powerful mouth cleanser. It is not the oil but the saliva! Her take makes a lot of sense to me.

    May 5th, 2014 12:40 am Reply
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  • YevJulie Gerasimenko via Facebook

    I love oil pulling! Makes my teeth white and strong!

    May 5th, 2014 12:36 am Reply
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  • Elizabeth Beedle via Facebook

    This is completely fine for pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is as safe as eating, brushing your teeth and useing mouth wash.

    May 5th, 2014 12:21 am Reply
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  • Keely Stewart via Facebook

    Coconut oil.

    May 5th, 2014 12:13 am Reply
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  • Magdalene Foo via Facebook

    It always help me whenever I have toothache, ulcers or headache.. My teeth is definitely whiter, plague gone and even bad breath…. But is quite a challenge to swish it for 20 mins… Highly recommend everyone to start on it…

    May 5th, 2014 12:03 am Reply
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  • Dena Kaye-Scott via Facebook

    What oil were you using?

    May 4th, 2014 11:53 pm Reply
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  • Stephanie Montante Felix via Facebook

    I’d also like input for this process while pregnant or breast feeding, please!

    May 4th, 2014 11:49 pm Reply
  • Tara Crabtree via Facebook

    I didn’t know you had a challenge going, but I did oil pulling pretty consistently for a month or so recently and I noticed a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of my sinus headaches and I had improved oral health.

    May 4th, 2014 11:47 pm Reply
  • Kristina Teresa Nielsen via Facebook

    Any knowledge of this helping repair a dead tooth?

    May 4th, 2014 11:45 pm Reply
  • Serena Storer-Todd via Facebook

    I started doing it for a bone infection in my jaw. Swelling went down by next day, pain gone after day two, smell and horrible taste (gross I know) by the end of week one. Three weeks in I had a dental cleaning and the hygienist said she’d never seen teeth so clean – there was nothing for her to scrape. On a side note…I have TMJ that is now nothing but a tiny click every once in a while. I used to have to hold my jaw in place if I needed to open my mouth wide or it would move over and lock. I can know open as far as I can and only experience a tiny click and no sliding.

    May 4th, 2014 11:43 pm Reply
  • Reanna Santero via Facebook

    What are your thoughts while pregnant?

    May 4th, 2014 11:37 pm Reply
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  • Amy Davidson Heaton via Facebook

    I did oil pulling faithfully for 3 months. I finally had to quit because my teeth turned so so sensitive. Water and food hurt them terribly. As soon as I stopped, the pain and sensitivity stopped. I find that really strange.

    April 10th, 2014 12:27 am Reply
    • Megan

      Did you use a salt water rinse afterwards? When I first tried oil pulling my teeth hurt really badly, but I read somewhere to do a really thorough rinse with salt water afterwards and when I started doing that, I didn’t get sensitive anymore and was able to continue oil pulling.

      November 4th, 2015 4:49 am Reply
  • Sandy Seifer Elliott via Facebook

    notice the face in the pan?

    April 9th, 2014 1:05 pm Reply
  • Emily Duncan via Facebook

    Here’s an interesting follow up, Rebecca. Remember when you told me your friend reported having whiter teeth?

    April 9th, 2014 10:16 am Reply
  • Kayla Svedin via Facebook

    Also, I despise the taste of coconut, so that wouldn’t be an oil I’d choose. The few times I have tried pulling I have used organic avocado oil. As far as I’ve seen, it falls the right category of what kind of oils to use (cold pressed, organic, etc), but there isn’t much to going about it specifically in oil pulling articles. Is it just because it’s rarer/newer the general market?

    April 9th, 2014 9:58 am Reply
  • Lanna Kroger via Facebook

    What if your teeth are so crowded you can’t??

    April 9th, 2014 8:36 am Reply
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    April 9th, 2014 7:13 am Reply
  • Donna Cgu via Facebook

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  • Jillian Nuth via Facebook

    I gently melt the coconut oil first, the consistency is less revolting that way :-) I noticed less sensitivity which is awesome :-)

    April 9th, 2014 5:50 am Reply
  • Jennifer Latham via Facebook

    I’ve not even been consistent in doing it, but my pregnancy induced bleeding gums are already no longer!

    April 9th, 2014 3:45 am Reply
  • Greg Ventura via Facebook

    Glad to hear people who’ve tried it are happy with their results…

    An interesting idea…are there studies from more than the doctor that began this treatment that back up the claim? (More than anecdotal or “ancient texts”…)
    Also there seems to be a concern with the effects on fillings, again, peer reviewed studies?

    April 9th, 2014 2:18 am Reply
  • Selena Molina via Facebook

    What about fillings?

    April 8th, 2014 10:39 pm Reply
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  • Taylor

    Why do you have to pull on an empty stomach?

    April 8th, 2014 9:57 pm Reply
  • Kate Christmas-Pedalino via Facebook

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  • Molly

    what do you think about doing this while breastfeeding?

    April 8th, 2014 8:52 pm Reply
  • Hannah Esparza via Facebook

    Yes let’s try it! I’ve been using coconut oil on my kids teeth anyways! Katie Angline

    April 8th, 2014 7:59 pm Reply
  • John Markert via Facebook

    Yes!! no problems with gum bleeding anymore

    April 8th, 2014 7:33 pm Reply
  • Katie Angline via Facebook

    Hannah we should do this! I think I might start tomorrow morning

    April 8th, 2014 7:30 pm Reply
  • Laura Villanueva via Facebook

    Is it safe for me to do… as I still have some silver fillings?

    April 8th, 2014 6:20 pm Reply
  • Clare Gallagher via Facebook

    So, what is the best oil to use?

    April 8th, 2014 5:53 pm Reply
  • Karina Stojansek via Facebook

    Tania Stojansek try this.

    April 8th, 2014 5:32 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Willett via Facebook

    Catherine, it melts in your mouth almost instantly.

    April 8th, 2014 5:31 pm Reply
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  • Sam Stair via Facebook

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  • Catherine Wrisley via Facebook

    If you use coconut oil lots of times it isn’t liquid….do you use it when it’s like butter? Or do you gently melt it?

    April 8th, 2014 5:00 pm Reply
  • Isabel Kelly via Facebook

    Tina is advised in the morning due to toxins accumulating through day and night.

    April 8th, 2014 4:58 pm Reply
  • Kathleen DiChiara via Facebook

    I’ve heard that coconut oil absorbs easily in the mouth and can lead to re-absorption of toxins. Thoughts on this Sarah? I use sesame for this reason.

    April 8th, 2014 4:55 pm Reply
  • Brianna Lathrom via Facebook

    I’m doing it!

    April 8th, 2014 4:11 pm Reply
  • Tina Mackey via Facebook

    Does it have to be done in the morning? I’ve been doing it at night.

    April 8th, 2014 3:56 pm Reply
  • Darryl Sinclair via Facebook

    I make my own toothpaste and brush for about 10 minutes with a soft brush. The ingredients are: In a small bowl mix 2 tbls Raw Organic Cold pressed Coconut Oil, 2 Tbls Baking Soda, 1/4 Tspn Ground Cinnamon, 20 drops Teatree Oil, 5 drops Nascent Iodine and Peppermint Oil Extract to flavour. It’s amazing :-) Your Dental Hygenist will hate you… lol

    April 8th, 2014 3:26 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Deslippe via Facebook

    I wouldn’t think adding peppermint or spearmint to coconut oil would do anything bad. But what do I know lol

    April 8th, 2014 3:14 pm Reply
  • Kenley ‘Baker’ King via Facebook

    Does this affect root canal?

    April 8th, 2014 3:11 pm Reply
  • Barbie Frost Lindsey via Facebook

    Shelley Kristy thought you two might like to read this one.

    April 8th, 2014 3:04 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Deslippe via Facebook

    I started adding mint extract to mine at first. I no longer need it

    April 8th, 2014 2:53 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Deslippe via Facebook

    Kim Stewart sotir Floss n Brushing are so not the same. I’ve gotten my normal american diet friends hooked on this. I’m telling you your teeth have never been this clean. Its feaken amazing

    April 8th, 2014 2:52 pm Reply
  • Janel Berchielli via Facebook

    Any tips for someone who has a high gag reflux 1st thing in the morning? I’ve tried this before but on an empty tummy I just can’t handle it.

    April 8th, 2014 2:39 pm Reply
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  • Carolin Amiel via Facebook

    hi i have practiced this form time to time and i have noticed my teeth getting a bit whiter!

    April 8th, 2014 1:47 pm Reply
  • Sofie Jean Duerst via Facebook

    Here is a good read on oil pulling Shelby :) I even leaned some things

    April 8th, 2014 1:47 pm Reply
  • Donna Means via Facebook

    I started this at the beginning of the year and my gums don’t bleed at all anymore. My teeth don’t seem sensitive at all now to cold. I used to have so many issues and they are gone now. I highly recommend this.

    April 8th, 2014 1:28 pm Reply
  • Kim Stewart Sotir via Facebook

    30 minutes pulling, or 5 minutes flossing and brushing with an electric brush. I’ll stick with the floss.

    April 8th, 2014 1:27 pm Reply
  • Amber Mehta via Facebook

    Arpit Mehta – let’s try!!

    April 8th, 2014 1:14 pm Reply
  • Larissa Katriina Lee via Facebook

    even doing it once you can see a difference

    April 8th, 2014 1:06 pm Reply
  • Judy Riggins via Facebook

    I avoided $1800 of dental bills by oil pulling. It’s amazing. And makes your mouth feel fantastic.

    April 8th, 2014 1:03 pm Reply
  • Kayla Svedin via Facebook

    I just can’t get over the fact that I have a Tablespoon of OIL in my MOUTH….. I have such a delicate, hair-trigger gag reflex. :(

    April 8th, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
  • Carol Kulwicki via Facebook

    I started a couple of weeks ago. Already noticing positive changes!

    April 8th, 2014 12:38 pm Reply
  • Michelle Karwatt Anstadt via Facebook

    I’m on day 8 of the challenge, I’m very new to pulling, but very excited!

    April 8th, 2014 12:29 pm Reply
  • kathy

    Oil pulling is a good aid, but do yourself a long term health favor and check out the root cause of the secondary infections that are improved by oil pulling, but ultimately caused by primary dental infections. Fully and academically explained in Radical Medicine by Dr. Louisa Williams.

    April 5th, 2014 8:44 am Reply
  • Ginny

    I think sesame oil is best. I love coconut oil for all kinds of things, but my friend who’s a registered dental hygienist turned holistic nutrition counselor recommends sesame and says she personally noticed a positive difference over coconut. If we claim to be about doing things the traditional way, sesame is the way to go. Coconut was not traditionally used, though I’m sure it’s better than nothing. The study from Huff post mentioned above supports this.

    April 4th, 2014 2:03 pm Reply
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  • John

    This pure snake oil. Zero studies/science to back this up. Zero

    March 18th, 2014 8:34 pm Reply
    • EF


      Go to and type in “oil pulling study”

      Here’s one: Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res. 2009;20:47–51. [PubMed]

      The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.

      March 19th, 2014 10:47 am Reply
      • Jen

        Oil pulling studies were all done in India and were very poor quality. Oil pulling has also been linked to lipoid pneumonia. This is pure quackery and I cannot believe what people will try. Eat well, brush and floss your teeth and get fluoride treatments. You people have way too much time on your hands if you’re doing this for twenty minutes (or more) a day.

        March 20th, 2014 8:12 am Reply
        • Heather

          Really, Jen…fluoride? Not in our house. In fact, while I don’t have scientific studies to back it up, only my own experiences…my teeth are worse when I use a fluoridated toothpaste. I had been on non-fluoride toothpaste for over 2 years and my sensitivities were gone as well has having the best check-ups ever. We switched back to crest or colgate and the last year my teeth have ached more, my checkup were definitely not as good. I’m going back to ordering the other stuff.

          March 22nd, 2014 5:12 pm Reply
          • Jen

            A fluoride treatment is something you get at the dentists office. If you are so anti- fluoride then you might want to consider removing water from your diet.

            March 22nd, 2014 6:34 pm
          • Donna

            Fluoride??? Agree with you Heather.. I’m not wasting my time explaining why it’s now known fluoride is NOT good… I also don’t understand why ppl have to be so mean sometimes… This is supposed to be a friendly comment or opinion.. Not accusations… If you don’t agree fine.. But don’t call it snake oil or bunk.. Just don’t DO it! Don’t we have enough bashing out there already?? Just my opinion 😉

            April 4th, 2014 3:47 pm
        • Jason

          Jen. It seems like you’re the one that needs to learn and read more.

          It’s been proven that fluoride is toxic and has been associated with disease, has no benefit, and doesn’t make your teeth stronger. It’s been discontinued in many places in Europe.

          Now go do your own research (or do whatever you like, I don’t care) because you’re the type of person that won’t believe it unless you find out for yourself.

          April 4th, 2014 12:07 pm Reply
  • Judy

    I have mercury fillings, many unfortunately but I still oil pull. I love the way my mouth feels afterwards, so fresh and clean. I have been oil pulling for about two years now. Each time I go to the dentist since I have been oil pulling he hasn’t had to clean my teeth thru tartar build up its amazing! I haven’t had any problems with my fillings and my teeth actually look whiter.

    March 17th, 2014 6:39 pm Reply
  • WellnessMama

    I’ve been pulling with coconut oil for about a month and love it — my teeth are whiter and less sensitive.

    One question after reading this article: is the mucous drainage instantaneous or does it increase as we continue to pull? I’ve had a wet cough for the last couple of weeks, but didn’t think it was correlated with the oil pulling.

    March 17th, 2014 4:54 pm Reply
  • Christy Gordon via Facebook

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  • EF

    Couple clarifications lest anyone think I’m saying oil pulling is a miracle.

    I have no interest in whether you do it or not. During the time period that I have been puling, I floss after every meal and take a K2 supplement. I only dry brush a couple times a week.

    March 17th, 2014 11:03 am Reply
  • EF

    I tried to add the link to the article but my comment got rejected. The title of the article is “Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing — Or Not” and it’s on the Huffington Post website.

    In my experience, oil pulling works. You’ll never see a dentist or anyone associated with ADA to admit it. Too many financial interests. You control your health. Try it. Many people are put off by the time commitment. But it’s easy to incorporate into your morning routine. Take a tablespoon of oil, then shower, etc. Goes by fast.

    March 17th, 2014 10:45 am Reply
    • Susan

      Please don’t suggest the HuffPo as an actual, legitimate source of anything…sigh. Too many agendas with them. I realize everyone has an agenda, but she’s got the money to back it all up.

      My husband can’t stand to use coconut oil so he uses sesame oil…I use coconut or sunflower as I can’t stand the taste of sesame.

      But I’ve been happy with the results and my teeth do feel cleaner. Twice a day.

      As for the time issue….if you shower first thing, do it then. Get dried off and dressed, make up your bed. If you are a coffee or tea drinker, get that started, THEN spit. It’s amazing what you can do in that 20 min. For evening? I read in bed while I do it. 😀

      March 17th, 2014 11:13 am Reply
      • EF

        Susan –

        Yikes – I thought this was a friendly community. I was not suggesting that HuffPo is authoritative. In fact, I conditioned my comment by stating “[t]his is by no means conclusive but wanted to point it out.” Did you read the article? And my experiences with oil pulling? The article states that oil pulling reduced harmful mouth bacteria. It seems like my experiences and yours all agree. Not sure why you’d jump on slamming something that supports your assertion. Bad day?

        March 17th, 2014 12:23 pm Reply
  • EF

    Love the site. First time commenter.

    I’ve been pulling with sesame oil for about 9 months (20 minutes first thing in the morning). I use unrefined expeller pressed sesame oil. My dentist was shocked when he examined me about 2 months ago. I had ZERO plaque and ZERO inflammation. He was said even the best patients have at least a little inflammation and always some plaque in the tough areas. It works for me. I use sesame oil because it has been used for thousands of years and I will use it until good evidence comes out showing that coconut oil is better.

    Here is a recent article from the Huffington Post mentioning an experiment that sesame oil decreased the bad bugs five fold whereas coconut oil only reduced them two fold. This is by no means conclusive but wanted to point it out.

    Thanks for the great site.

    March 17th, 2014 9:29 am Reply
    • Donna

      My local health store only had Edens Unrefined, traditionally pressed sesame oil :/ I got it… It’s organic as well. Do you think it will work? expeller pressed versus traditionally .. Wonder what the difference is?! hope it’s ok.. Was expensive.. But I don’t want to waste time if it won’t work because it’s traditionally pressed?

      April 4th, 2014 3:44 pm Reply
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  • Kasey Macsay via Facebook

    Thank you Bonnie Bonnie Czech!!

    March 16th, 2014 8:58 pm Reply
  • Ryan Thomas Broeker via Facebook

    I’ll try it! Thanks Chasey Bynum!

    March 16th, 2014 7:34 pm Reply
  • Chasey Bynum via Facebook

    Ryan Thomas Broeker this might be good for you.

    March 16th, 2014 7:23 pm Reply
  • A.J.

    whats the reason for oil pulling on an empty stomach? its not like you swallow the oil. what has a full stomach have to do with a mouth full of oil? thx!

    March 16th, 2014 7:13 pm Reply
  • Bonnie Czech via Facebook

    Kasey Macsay here is another article on this.

    March 16th, 2014 5:54 pm Reply
  • Laura Hish via Facebook

    Christine- check out her site, do some research on her. I’m telling you I consider her legit, it’s up to you to do your research to determine if she is or isn’t.

    March 16th, 2014 5:16 pm Reply
  • Heather Chandler via Facebook

    Sorry but this just sounds SO disgusting!!! But, to each his own!

    March 16th, 2014 5:10 pm Reply
  • Susie@homemaker-mom

    Ok I had never ever heard of this before now. WOW

    March 16th, 2014 3:57 pm Reply
  • Christine M Little via Facebook

    Laura Hish just what exactly makes her “legit”. I need more proof than some article thrown on the Internet. I’m not a skeptic, I just need proof that junk thrown on the Internet is true…it’s called being wise and not being gullible. What studies have been done on this, where is all that information?
    And seriously?!?!? 15-20mins 3x’s a day???? Who the heck has time to do that to proof if this is true or not??? :/

    March 16th, 2014 3:13 pm Reply
  • Nancy Dennert via Facebook

    ^^in addition to 2 weeks not being long enough, Dr. Fife states in his book that oil pulling is a tool that is useful for removing harmful bacteria from the mouth. That is its purpose. If you have an active infection in the mouth, it can pull out the offending bacteria, giving the body the chance to heal itself. It is the body that brings about the cure, not the oil pulling. If the body doesn’t heal, it is not because oil pulling did not work, it is because the body was unable to do the healing….you can’t expect a cure overnight. Dr. Fife has guidelines for eating and a host of other recommendations to aid healing. I just finished reading his book, Oil Pulling Therapy. I was so convinced by his evidence that I will do this everyday for the rest of my life. If you are serious about healing your body buy the book, it will answer all your questions. Oh and if you have amalgam fillings he addresses that in the book. If the filling comes out its a good thing because if it was that loose there are also bacteria under the filing further decaying your tooth. Get those fillings removed by a dentist trained to do that, they’re toxic in your body. Everyone needs to read this book. Oil pulling has been oversimplified as it is simple to do but the consequences of not understanding why you’re doing it and then giving it up could leave you with cronic illness or early death.

    March 16th, 2014 3:07 pm Reply
  • Tammy Starr via Facebook

    But get rid of that no stick, lethal pan!

    March 16th, 2014 2:28 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I used to have one that looked just like it and it was titanium.

      March 16th, 2014 7:44 pm Reply
  • kellie

    I also stopped oil pulling due to metal fillings. Have you seen any info on that?

    March 16th, 2014 2:25 pm Reply
  • Lisa ‘Rhorer’ Katzenmeyer via Facebook

    Christy Zubke is this what you we’re speaking of????

    March 16th, 2014 2:24 pm Reply
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  • Sahari McCormick via Facebook

    6 months ago my gums were a mess, and I just had a perfect check up! This worked! Can’t wait to see if it affects my spring allergies too!

    March 16th, 2014 1:23 pm Reply
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  • Amina Sadr via Facebook

    The best oil for AYURVEDIC therapy is the one used in AYURVEDA – PERIOD. Sesame or sunflower. It is an utter irony that west has “admitted” the power of an ancient terapy and STILL had to modify it.

    March 16th, 2014 1:06 pm Reply
    • Fritzie

      Right on!!!

      April 8th, 2014 10:03 pm Reply
  • Diane O’Neil via Facebook

    I had no idea I was doing this. Just added this regimen a month ago. Wanted to get rid of mucous that accumulated in my chest while I slept. My lungs are badly scared. Was rinsing my mouth and teeth with salt and Oreganol oil and clumps of thick viscous mucous would accumulate at the back of my throat and the roof of my mouth. I had to use a tooth brush to scrape it out. Instinctively, I knew to throw the brush away. I couldn’t Blv how much better my breathing got. I haven’t had to use my nebulizer regularly since trying this. I will definitely try the coconut oil and add a little Oreganol to see the results. Thanks

    BTW: I do my Nettie pot an hour afterwards. This deals with the sinus issues I have with pollen, dust and mild spores. I suffer from Aspergilloma.

    March 16th, 2014 1:03 pm Reply
  • Alan Santana

    I found out that Neem Oil works really good for oil pulling and has many other uses. What I do is that I mix 2tsp of Coconut Oil and 1tsp of Neem Oil to which I then add few drops of 3 different essential oils Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud and Oregano. I also add 50mg of Coq10 per Tsp of Coconut/Neem oil.

    At times I vary the essential oils using Peppermint, Lavender and others and also do the mixture without the Coq10, without the Neem and so on, just to have different variations, nutrients and health benefits mixed with my oil pulling.

    So far it works wonder and my relatives loves it as well.

    March 16th, 2014 12:55 pm Reply
    • jol

      freqvency, timing, length of oil pulline? what problems you had and what got better/cured?

      March 16th, 2014 1:56 pm Reply
      • Alan Santana

        I do it at least once per day but normally 3 times daily.
        My aim is 30 minutes oil pulling but aim to do it for at least 20 minutes, anything after that is just extra time.

        Sinus, a minor infection, very high sensitivity to heat and cold liquids, pain when flossing and sometimes bleeding (in the past.)

        – Great improvement on the sensitivity.
        – Amazing improvement on the pain when flossing.
        – 100% recovery from the bleeding.
        – Progress with the infection but still not out. I do have to mention that sometimes I drink and even smoke and that is one reason (in my opinion) why the infection hasn’t gone away.

        So here is my regimen simplified.

        1 – 3x Oil pulling daily for at least 20 minutes
        2 – Virgin Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Coq10 and Essential Oils.

        I also have a tone scraper.
        I drink water first thing in the morning at room temperature.
        I floss at night and brush my teeth twice a day.
        Every time after eating anything, I make sure to remove any left over by washing or even slight brushing.
        From time to time, I do baking soda toothpaste, mouthwash with H202 (Hydrogen Peroxide), a cool mix of baking soda and apple cider vinegar and then spit it out.
        Last but not least, add clove, cinnamon or oregano oil to floss. This can literally burn your lips but done once a week it really helps.

        I do all this because I had endless problems with my teeth and going to the dentist wasn’t an option. I had to be there. Now I enjoy not going and my mouth health is getting better by the day.

        Hope that helps

        March 16th, 2014 11:39 pm Reply
  • Wade Dina Staebell via Facebook

    Can you pull while pregnant or nursing? I have read conflicting things. Anyone have experience? Thanks!

    March 16th, 2014 12:55 pm Reply
  • Anna Marie Spartz via Facebook

    Carie Dittrich a few answers to our oil pulling questions.

    March 16th, 2014 12:48 pm Reply
  • Sarah Magnolia via Facebook

    I know raw, unrefined coconut oil is the best, but coconut flavor makes me gag. I buy the refined because there is no flavor. Would there be any benefit to oil pulling with the flavorless variety? Because it would be that or nothing here.

    March 16th, 2014 12:47 pm Reply
  • Karlana Johnson Pedersen via Facebook

    I oil pulled for two weeks with unrefined, organic, pure coconut oil with no results. I have sinus allergies, no help with that either. My kid got sick with the flu, and gave it to me and oil pulling didn’t help with any symptoms. I think it’s a placebo reaction in people. Where is the data and independent studies from someone other than Dr. Fife?? None. Even the internet backs up their data to Dr. Fife. It’s not proven to work independently because it doesn’t. Sorry.

    March 16th, 2014 12:45 pm Reply
    • Allison

      Many times when you start to detox, you get sick because the body is actively trying to process out viruses and bacteria. Two weeks is not long enough to know if oil pulling works for you. As stated above, “Oil pulling, or oil gargling, is an ancient detoxification therapy mentioned in Ayurvedic texts”: there is your data.

      March 19th, 2014 1:37 pm Reply
    • Jason

      Science studies have been done on it and verify everything you read in the post.

      Yeah, I wouldn’t use oil pulling when you’re sick and don’t use it regularly. Trying to detox when you’re already sick is not a great idea.

      April 4th, 2014 11:57 am Reply
    • Billa Ramakrishna

      first thing, you do know the properties of oil. Then know the method of oil pulling. That is swishing the oil in the mouth backwards, forwards and sideways, slowly without any vigorous force, for 15 to 20 minutes after which the oil being mixed with saliva become watery and milky white in colour which you should not swallow and spit in toilet and clean the toilet with some toilet cleaner. After spitting the oil, clean your mouth with salt water swishing the water 3 to 4 times and then brush your teeth. Do this daily without gaps. After oil pulling, drink 3 to 4 glasses of water. Wait for 1 hour after drinking water. then start to eat or drink what you do. This is not placebo effect really. To find results, do it at least for 3 or 4 months daily. You will definitely see the result.

      May 22nd, 2014 11:05 am Reply
  • Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook

    I’ve had no filling issues after oil pulling for 8 months. Teeth are brighter and gums feel and look healthier than ever.

    March 16th, 2014 12:44 pm Reply
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  • Rebecca

    You wrote this paragraph:

    “Virgin coconut oil is the best choice for oil pulling therapy as it is truly “raw” – unheated, unrefined and may contain micronutrients and co-factors not present in expeller pressed coconut oils which are heated as part of the refining process”

    This is insinuating that expeller pressed coconut oils are not unrefined, or they cannot be unrefined. Spectrum brand of expeller pressed coconut oil is unrefined. What do you think of that? I live in Panama and you would think we would have tons of coconut here… but the only brands in the store are Spectrum (unrefined expeller pressed) and in a totally over the wall high end organic store I can find the Nutiva brand for about $30 for a jar smaller than a quart!

    Also, I read that in ayurvedic medicine you need to use sesame oil, not coconut oil, for oil pulling?

    I use coconut oil for oil pulling. I doubt it really detoxes me (I use essential oils in it) but it sure does clean my mouth.

    Here in Panama coconut oil is a liquid because the temperature here is so high. If I want it a solid I have to keep it in the fridge. The liquid oil is so much easy to oil pull with.

    March 16th, 2014 12:42 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Expeller pressed has no coconut taste and hence has been subjected to heat. Usually it is steam distillation.

      March 16th, 2014 2:43 pm Reply
    • megan

      I use tropical traditions. its expeller pressed as I can not afford their gold standard yet. and i know people who eat my baked goods who ask if i put coconut in it. they don’t know I use that oil yet because of dairy issues either. so it does taste coconut.

      March 17th, 2014 7:37 am Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        I used Tropical Traditions expeller pressed for about 10 years and it never tasted coconut. I recently switched to Wilderness Family Naturals as it seems higher quality to me.

        March 17th, 2014 8:42 am Reply
  • Danette Rieckhoff via Facebook

    It’s amazing!

    March 16th, 2014 12:42 pm Reply
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  • Laura

    Is this safe while pregnant and with silver fillings?

    March 16th, 2014 12:34 pm Reply
    • Alan Santana

      It really depends if your fillings are still leaching. If they are several decades old then more likely it won’t be a problem but just to be safe I would still skip it until after you give birth.

      I would recommend in the meantime using a 3% solution of Hydrogen Peroxide as a mouth wash and also doing gargles with Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar. This will keep the bacterias at bay while you take care of your child in your belly.

      March 16th, 2014 12:58 pm Reply
      • BC

        Old mercury amalgam fillings still leach continuously after 50 or more years. Please see my comment above, near the top. Safe amalgam removal is advisable in general along with detox protocols that help this process, but not just prior to becoming pregnant or while pregnant or nursing.

        March 16th, 2014 3:23 pm Reply
        • Aylin

          So, I do have to have them removed before I pull? I’ve been pulling with them in. I really want to take them out but not financially possible for me at this time. As Danette mentioned above, if they fall out, I’m worried they will tell me that I need a root canal. Now I’m not sure if I should stop oil pulling or not. Any suggestions?

          March 22nd, 2014 12:35 pm Reply
      • Sara Butler

        It is important to use a 3:1 water/peroxide ratio when swishing regularly with hydrogen peroxide. Swishing with undiluted peroxide everyday can damage your enamel. Straight 3% peroxide is great to use for a couple of days if you want to whiten your teeth though!

        April 9th, 2014 1:05 am Reply
  • Charmaine Taylor via Facebook

    I second Beth’s concern.

    March 16th, 2014 12:29 pm Reply
  • Katelyn Riechers via Facebook

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  • Rachel Krown via Facebook

    I fairly recently started oil pulling and I LOOOOVE it! I always you organic, unrefined coconut oil. :)

    March 16th, 2014 12:08 pm Reply
  • Laura Hish via Facebook

    Christine- since you’re such a skeptic I thought I would tag you in this. This lady is legit.

    March 16th, 2014 11:59 am Reply
  • Beth McIntyre Humphrey via Facebook

    What if you have silver fillings? I’ve read not to oil pull if you have them…

    March 16th, 2014 11:38 am Reply
    • Anne

      I have heard this, too. and would like to know the answer….

      March 16th, 2014 5:33 pm Reply
      • BC

        …see above…

        March 16th, 2014 10:41 pm Reply
  • T

    Won’t pulling remove good bacteria as well

    March 16th, 2014 7:02 am Reply
  • B

    I suggest that after you swish coconut oil that you spit it into a napkin/tissue and place it in the trash rather than spitting it down the drain since coconut oil solidifies under 76 degrees and can clog pipes.

    March 16th, 2014 6:11 am Reply
  • Chris

    Interesting. Will have to try this.

    By the way, Sarah, your kitchen counters and appliances always sparkle so. Have you ever done a video, or would you do one, on how you do your cleaning without chemicals? I try to use things like white vinegar but I never seem to get that really clean looking shine.

    March 15th, 2014 5:48 pm Reply
    • Liz

      I would also be interested in this!

      March 26th, 2014 9:24 pm Reply
  • Rochel

    I read somewhere that you should not do oil pulling if you have metal fillings…is this true? I read that it pulls the toxins from the fillings and can spread them in your body, or something like that. I’ve avoided oil pulling because of that.

    March 15th, 2014 11:33 am Reply
    • BC

      Leo Cashman from DAMS, Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions, said that he agrees: Do not do oil pulling until all amalgams have been safely removed using the special amalgam removal protocol, performed by a biological/holistic dentist. There have been some bad reactions to oil pulling reported to him by people with mercury amalgam fillings. When oil pulling is done while amalgams are still in the teeth, the oil will likely pick up a large amount of mercury from the amalgam surfaces and it is not desirable to have that mercury swirling around in the mouth during the ten minutes or so while the oil pulling is occurring. He believes that that is why some have reported adverse effects to him. Feel free to contact him for further information: Leo Cashman, DAMS, 651-644-4572,

      March 16th, 2014 3:12 pm Reply
    • Danette

      I started oil pulling and had metal fillings, which fell out within a few months. What someone shared, and it made complete sense, is that the fillings will not fall out if there is not bacteria under the filling. As for the mercury moving through your body, there is a lot of info which states it is happening with them in your system. It may be worth trying the oil pulling. If the filling falls out, you are less likely to have the issues that you may have with someone drilling to get them out. Good luck!

      March 16th, 2014 4:48 pm Reply
    • megan

      you don’t swollo when pulling. I read that you should do if you have filling to get the junk out before it goes down in you.

      March 17th, 2014 7:29 am Reply
  • michelle

    Is oil pulling safe while breastfeeding?

    March 15th, 2014 11:05 am Reply
    • Valerie

      Opinions will always vary on any detox while nursing. I am comfortable with mild and gentle options and have done oil pulling with great results and my babies are all very healthy. I do drink more water and take some kind of green supplement like alfalfa or chlorella. I recommend oil pulling to everyone. You will sleep deeper also.

      March 15th, 2014 11:41 am Reply
      • Ashleigh

        Thank you for your reply, I was going to ask the same thing! I was OP when I first had my little girl, but stopped due to the fear of the toxins slipping into my milk. But a few other nursing moms I know are doing it & so I think I will start back up again! :)

        March 17th, 2014 11:59 pm Reply

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