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Are you looking for a way to freshen up your breath, prevent tooth decay, and eliminate bacteria and microbes in your mouth – all without using any toxic chemicals or dangerous ingredients? Then it might be time to try oil pulling!


Oil pulling is an ancient practice originating from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and used to detoxify the mouth and body. It involves swishing coconut oil around one’s mouth for 5 to 15 minutes to withdraw impurities.

This ancient practice is fast gaining popularity all over the world because not only does it cleanse your mouth and increase your overall health, it also naturally whitens your teeth by removing teeth-staining culprits including plaque, wine, coffee and tea to give you a whiter and brighter smile!

The idea behind how oil pulling works is that the oil attracts and then pulls out bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins. When you spit out the oil, the bad stuff exits your mouth right along with it.

Oil pulling has become a popular holistic option when it comes to oral care, offering benefits like giving you fresher breath and eliminating toxins from your mouth.

The oil is ‘pulled’ as you forcibly push it in between each of your teeth, around your gums, and under your tongue with your swishing action.

By incorporating oil pulling to your regular oral health routine, you may be able to:

prevent tooth decay
establish healthy gums
get rid of bad breath
inhibit the adhesion of plaque
whiten teeth


To try oil pulling, you simply:

1. Swish 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. If you’re just starting out or your jaw aches, it’s okay to swish for five to 10 minutes instead.
2. If you’re doing oil pulling correctly, after about 5 minutes, the oil will turn a milky white colour – which means it’s working. There’s no need to check; just keep swishing until your timer goes off.
3. After you’ve completed swishing, spit out the oil into a bin or paper towel to avoid clogging your pipes.
4. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
5. Lastly, brush your teeth as normal.

Oil pulling should be completed before breakfast on an empty stomach, which is when your mouth is most full of colonies of bacteria and toxins.

Whether you practice Ayurvedic traditions and believe oil pulling can detoxify your body, or you simply want to use oil pulling as a way to holistically improve your oral health routine, removing harmful bacteria from your mouth through oil pulling is absolutely beneficial. Start incorporating oil pulling into your oral care routine – and swish your way to a healthier smile.

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