Oil Pulling Explained

You might know oil pulling is a trend that emerged recently in the wellness community, but it's actually an ancient Ayurvedic dental practice known as kavala or gundusha.


Ayurveda is an ancient holistic healing system. It's been around for over 3,000 years. So, if you're wondering does oil pulling really work?—the answer is yes, it absolutely does.


Oil pulling is simple. It's the practice of swishing oil around in your mouth and spitting it out.


6 Benefits of Oil Pulling 

Oil pulling promotes oral hygiene, which is extremely important for overall health since any harmful bacteria in your mouth has easy access to the rest of your body.


When done right, oil pulling:

  • removes harmful bacteria
  • may be able to treat disease
  • can help prevent cavities
  • will make your mouth feel cleaner
  • reduces inflammation and improves gum health
  • reduces bad breath

How to Practice Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is a relatively cheap and easy practice to add to your hygiene routine. Just place a small spoonful of oil in your mouth (between 5-15ml). If you're just starting out, less is better. Your mouth will start producing a lot of saliva during the process, and you may need some time to get used to it.


Swish the oil in your mouth vigorously for 15-20 minutes. Don't swallow any. If your cheeks or tongue start to get tired, some time is still better than none.


Spit the oil into the bin. Never put oil down the drain (in the sink, shower, or toilet) because oil can clog your pipes.


Finally, rinse your mouth out with warm water and spit.


The most common types of oil used for oil pulling include:

  • coconut
  • sesame
  • olive

Want Healthier and Whiter Teeth?

Oil pulling won't significantly whiten your teeth, so if you want to have a mouth that feels and looks cleaner, consider safe teeth whitening options you can do at home.