Oil pulling- My experiement

Those that know me well would agree that I love a good natural treatment. Those that know me well also know that I go to the dentist. A lot. I’ve been plagued by cavity susceptible teeth my entire life. It’s no fun, and it’s expensive. And even though my dentist is a personal friend, I would like to see a little less of her. I’m putting on my “I love my dentist” sticker now… she really is the best.

Sooooo as a way to start 2014 out with a bang I decided to look into holistic dental care. I made toothpaste and today I started oil-pulling. Sounds weird right? I still don’t know why it’s called pulling. Perhaps because swishing pulls the oils through your teeth and gums?

I began this new habit today. Here’s how you do it.

1. Put a little tub of organic cold pressed coconut oil beside your toothbrush, on your sink.

2. In the morning- put a tablespoon or a little less of the coconut oil in your mouth. I suggest starting with a bit less, let yourself get used to melting oil in your mouth before going all out.

3. Chew the oil a bit to get it melting. (coconut is a solid at room temp, especially in winter)

4. Start swishing the oil around in your mouth, through your teeth, just get it going really well. Do this for about 15 minutes or as long as you can stand it. I passed the time by picking up a few things, putting away some dishes. Or you could get dressed, but today was Saturday so I stayed in flannel pants for as long as possible.

5. Spit it our after you have swished away for the desired time. I’ve read that if you are on septic you should not spit the coconut oil down the drain. Just a little note to help ya out.

6. Repeat daily.

Why do oil pulling? The act of oil pulling eliminates toxins, bacteria and fungus from your mouth. You know… that stuff that causes dental health issues. I’ve read that oil pulling can even alleviate migraines and pain from TMJ. And the best part? Oil pulling naturally whitens your teeth and helps with sensitivity.

I’m going to give it a try, I’ll report back here and there to let you know how it’s going. I won’t recommend something unless I feel like it’s working for me. I will say that after one oil pulling (this morning) my teeth feel very smooth and my gums feel… nice? Not sure how to explain my gums, maybe invigorated? Something like that, but I did notice a difference after one oil pull. There can be some detox side-effects such as headache and sinus drainage the first few days but that goes away quickly.

Feel free to oil pull along with me. Would love to hear what you think! I’ll share about the homemade toothpaste later!

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • I LOVE oil pulling… My husband says I’m crazy but I had a cavity last time I went to the dentist and decided that I wanted to try out some “natural” remedies. Well I took vitamin D supplements and started oil pulling every morning and 2 months later I went back to the dentist and was told that I didn’t have a cavity. Now, it may have been a mistake by the first dentist but I choose to think that the oil pulling was the key. Either way I love it. I did have a few side effects the first 2 days but after that it was awesome!

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