The Controversial Practice of Oil Pulling

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Some people love oil pulling. Others think it’s bogus. Today we’re going to talk about what it is and the best way to do it.

Oil pulling has been practiced for thousands of years. It’s an Ayurvedic practice from India.

There are many benefits:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Better breath
  • Healthier mouth
  • Reversal of bleeding gums
  • Shift in the microbial makeup of the mouth
  • Breakdown of biofilm (the protective film microbes create and live in)

If you read the American Dental Association website, they don’t think that oil pulling does anything. But if you look at the studies and the research, it shows that it reduces Streptococcus mutans. That’s one of the major tooth decay bacteria in the mouth.

I think it’s worth looking at. I’ve had really good results with it myself, and I know other people who have seen a major benefit from it.

Here’s how to perform oral oil pulling:

You can use sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or any edible oil. You swish around a tablespoon or so. You want to do this in the morning before you eat. It is recommended doing it before brushing your teeth. You’re going to swish, swish, swish. Just keep that rinsing through your mouth, anywhere from one minute all the way to 40 minutes.

What it’s doing is killing off the organisms. It’s stimulating a lot of saliva. It’s stimulating enzymes coming from your mouth and it helps break some of these organisms down, as well. It also pulls out any fat-soluble toxins from the mouth. It breaks down the sticky biofilm that causes tooth decay.

I’ve done this many, many times. It’s an odd sensation to have that much fat in your mouth. You really don’t want to swallow it when you’re done because it’s filled with all the dead bacteria and toxins, plus it’s a decent amount of oil. This practice is detoxifying. When it’s time to spit it out, I recommend spitting it out in the trash can and not in your sink. That way you don’t have to clean your sink every day. Use the trash in the kitchen with a bag liner. I find that works the best.

I’m going to show you how to do this now, but before I do, I want to give you one quick tip about adopting healthy habits. There is a technique around habit development, where you floss one tooth. Instead of saying “I’m going to floss every day,” you just say, “I’m going to floss one tooth.” You just commit to flossing only one tooth a day.

That’s what I want you to do with this. I don’t want you to think, “Oh, I have to do this for 20 minutes.” I just want you to commit to doing this for even 30 seconds, and you can set an alarm on your phone for just a minute. Just do one minute and then be done with it. I’m only asking you to try this out for a week. Do it one minute a day. If you want to go longer, go longer. Just commit to the one minute per day so that we know that you can succeed and I just want to set you up to develop that habit.


Sesame oil is my preference. I like the taste better and I feel like the consistency is better for this practice. Many prefer coconut oil due to its antifungal and antimicrobial properties. Most oils have antimicrobial and antifungal qualities. That is what keeps them from growing mold or going bad quickly, which is why any edible oil will work.


When you spit it out, it’s milky. It looks a little disgusting. That’s just because your saliva has being emulsified in the fat. One thing that they say, too, is that it trains your muscles in your mouth and your neck.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried oil pulling and what you think about it!