A Quick Guide to Coconut Oil Pulling

A Quick Guide to Coconut Oil Pulling

I have to first make a disclaimer. This article is solely based on my personal experience. I read articles upon articles online for how to oil pull. I heard about it a long time ago on Facebook (I think). So, I decided to give it a try. I did this routine every day for 90 days. Now I do it about three times a week. Here is my quick guide to coconut oil pulling.

Why oil pulling?

Coconut oil is an all-natural product and has so many benefits. In fact, my partner in crime, T, wrote an article The Benefits of Coconut Oil. You can use it not only for cooking and baking but for so many other things including cleaning and personal care. Oil pulling for your teeth in particular is said to reduce plaque build-up and tarter and also helps with bad breath.  It also makes your teeth whiter. Some people choose to oil pull in place of brushing. I personally, oil pull, and then brush right after.

What type of coconut oil should I buy and where can I get it?

I read that you can use other types of oil, but coconut oil tastes the best. I used organic extra virgin cold pressed unrefined coconut oil. You can purchase it at large retail stores and drug stores like, Costco, CVS, and almost any grocery store.

How long does it take?

20 minutes for thing in the morning. There is something important about that 20 minute mark. Every article I read insists on 20 minutes.  I never questioned it. I just did it… and it worked.

How do I oil pull?

First thing in the morning, take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and place it in your mouth. It will dissolve into a liquid form in a few seconds. Swish the coconut oil back and forth in your mouth for 20 minutes. DO NOT SWALLOW IT. Spit it out into a lined trash can.

That’s such a long time! My mouth and jaw gets tired.

Don’t worry! After the second or third time you oil pull, you will get used to it.

Notes from my experience:

  • I noticed whiter teeth after the third time I did it.
  • I hate to admit, and am quite embarrassed about it, but I had a lot of plaque build-up. After oil pulling one time, I was able to clean and lift the plaque with a dental tool extremely easily! It was honestly amazing!
  • I personally think my teeth feel cleaner, when I oil pull.
  • To help pass the time in that long 20 minutes, continue about your day, while you oil pull. For example, make breakfast, clean, stay pre-occupied because it makes the time go my MUCH faster!

I hope you try it out! I’m a strong believer that is works!

From T about oil pulling:

When Dinah told me about oil pulling, I said, “What are you talking about?”  I had never heard about this, and frankly I thought Dinah was kidding me.  But, no, she assured me she wasn’t kidding and encouraged me to at least try it.

Well, I have to admit, it took me awhile, but I finally tried it.  The oil pulling was easy to do while taking a shower.  She told me not to swallow it because it contained bacteria.  Also, I made sure not to spit it into the drain as I didn’t want to worry about it hardening and clogging the drain.  Instead I used a couple of large paper towels to dispose of it.

The results:  after only a short time, I’d say a couple of weeks of oil pulling 3-4 times a week, I can honestly say my teeth are brighter!  Also, since coconut oil gets rid of Candida and Strepococcus (common bacteria in the mouth) which contribute to plaque accumulation, I also noticed no plaque build-up!

Thanks Dinah for telling me about this awesome, albeit it weird to me, health tool!  You’re the best!

About the author


Dinah has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. She is a Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, a Blogger at Earth911 and GMC Trade Secrets, and a member of Martha’s Circle. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Circle of Moms as a Most Creative Blog. Dinah was featured on Linqia’s Community Spotlight, as an influential community leader.