Coconut oil pulling is an old ayurvedic remedy for cleaning the mouth, clearing out toxins and making the teeth whiter. This concept has gained a lot of momentum lately in social media, where people use coconut oil instead of mouthwash. But how does oil pulling really work?
Oil pulling – this is how it’s done:
- Start by rinsing with water, to ensure your mouth is not dry.
- Measure a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it melt in the mouth. Then you start rinsing the oil in the mouth, in between the teeth and around the tounge.
- Carefully let the oil rinse through your mouth, preferably for up to 15-20 minutes before spitting it out. If you are not comfortable going on for that long, start with baby steps and increase the rinsing time once you have grown accustomed to it.
- Spit the oil out in the trash. It’s important not to spit out the oil into the sink, as the oil can clog up the pipes. Also, please avoid swallowing the oil.
Please note! Do not replace brushing your teeth with oil pulling, as you need fluoride toothpaste to maintain optimal oral health and to protect your teeth against cavities.