61 User Reviews
I recently tried oil pulling - for about a week and it really cut down on my tooth sensitivity a great deal to the point where I didn't think about my toothaches. I did it with olive oil. So glad to see all of the positive comments.
I was wondering where oil pulling ends and going back to the dentist begins again, though. I have a cracked tooth that I was advised needs a route canal. It is edgy and feels rough on my tongue. I know I'll have to revisit for this at some point.
What else can be done? I have read people dealing with these types of issues themselves especially if there is anxiety involved.
Also, how do people ultimately deal with the pressures that the dentists usually put us through in that chair when we get a checkup/cleaning?
It is sometimes hard to get around...especially if you really need their care for a dental emergency down the line.
Thanks ahead for commenting and advising!
I've shifted between coconut oil and olive oil for oil pulling and never noticed a difference till now. I've had a problem with canker sores most of my life and recently started brushing them, after my sister told me brushing made hers go away. Brushing them turned out not to be as painful as I'd feared, and the canker sores would only last about a day after I brushed them. But as soon as the old one was gone, a new one would start.
I was oil pulling with coconut oil at that time. But I started to worry that my pulse was getting faster, something that I read on this site can be caused by coconut oil (even though I only oil pull for about 1-5 minutes, something Ted from Bangkok recommended). So I went back to olive oil. And, after a few days, I realized that I almost never have a canker sore, and if I do, I can barely feel it. So, for now, I'm voting for olive oil over coconut oil.
I am on day 2 of oil pulling with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and its doing something-just not sure what. I do have questions though. This morning right after swishing I had a bowel movement. Then a small one again when I came home for lunch. About an hour and a half later I was at work & had to rush to the bathroom where I had a loose (and somewhat explosive) bowel movement that kind of scared me-sorry for the gross details. I suffer from constipation often & don't go this often & haven't eaten anything different so I guess I can contribute this to the oil. The most noticiable difference is my energy-I have none! Today I have been deathly tired-more tired than I've been in some time. I also experienced what seem to be faster heartbeats today. Is this normal? And I'm not using organic EVOO-is this ok? I have sesame seed oil in my cupboard but it's not organic & just says pure-can I use this? And what I'm most confused about is brushing afterwards. Is using your regular toothpaste ok? Hopefully I can get some help with these questions. I'll continue to post updates on my progress. Thanks in advance for the help!
The same tiredness and heart racing happened to me too with the oil pulling. After a couple of days of pulling and I realized what was doing it, I stopped oil pulling completely....... Haven't done it in months. I miss it but the increased heart rate scared me. I used olive, sesame, and coconut oil. All organic and it happened with all of them. Oil pulling should not be taken lightly for some people. MHO
It sounds like you both are experiencing some detox symptoms. This does happen with oil-pulling sometimes. Some of the side effects can be racing heart, nausea, headache, flu-like symptoms, rash etc. Take some time off allowing your body to clear the toxins, drink lots of water and start again when you feel good. It's worth doing since you are clearing so much junk from your system.
As stated by Steve in Vegas, "sounds like you both are experiencing some detox symptoms"... In this case it's best to dial back and approach this gently. I would trial (*EVOO) pulling for 4 minutes and see how your body tolerates that for one week. When well tolerated proceed incrementally, adding 4 minutes each week g.e.n.t.l.y. Slowly increasing to 15-20 minutes. Additionally, I would also recommend adding 1-2 Activated Charcoal capsules with a full glass of clean water while you're body is detoxing. Charcoal is an excellent aid in assisting our bodies eliminate toxins and reduce the detoxing symptoms. It can cause constipation so be sure to drink extra water. The combo of reducing the pulling time while including the activated charcoal maybe necessary & supporting approach.
*EVOO - Many olive oils have been found to be badly adulterated now, mixed with other cheap, garbage, even rotten olives and non-olive oils. Problems plaguing the olive oil market has become a huge issue. I highly recommend knowing that your oil is pure. One that has been tested clean is found at Costco. Kirkland Signature organic extra-virgin olive oil is a very secure & reliable as pure.
Val and TinyDancer: When starting oil-pulling you are using muscles that haven't been used in this way maybe ever. Altho we use our mouth muscles for eating and talking, oil-pulling is a whole new area. The tiredness and heart racing might possibly be the overuse of powerful muscles that haven't been conditioned to such movements. Jaw muscles are very powerful: witness people who can balance a heavy bench on their lower teeth!
For this reason I did not start the full 20 minutes as recommended. I barely made it to 3 minutes at first. Working up slowly, the muscles get stronger and can do more.
Just oil pull for 10 minutes, that's all you need.
I finally decided to stop after day 4. I pulled in the mornings and only did it for 10 minutes or so. The heart racing continued and got worse; I even had an episode where I felt short of breath. The fatigue also got worse-I would come home for work & sleep for hours. I started on a Monday, stopped on a Thursday, and was so tired I basically slept the weekend away. My bottom lip also cracked & bleed-I'm guessing from the oil seeping out while I swished. The symptoms remind me of when I was severly anemic a few years ago & had to have a blood transfusion. In a few weeks I'll try again-probably with a different oil and do it every other day.
I saw news reports about cheaper oils being used to dilute OO and even EVOO. These cheaper oils go rancid and destroy vitamin K which is needed for blood to clot. I used a lot of EVOO and had become anemic due to internal hemorrhaging because I was not aware until I saw the news briefs. We are on our own to research and protect ourselves.
Tinydancer--thought I would mention when I took magnesium citrate my heart "fluttered" so bad I was referred to a specialist, had a stress test and was diagnosed with PVC (premature ventricular contractions). To make a long story short, I found out it was caused by the magnesium citrate I had replaced my magnesium with. The citrate is processed from corn and all of our corn has been genetically modified in one way or another. Since I went back on mag tabs or powder I no longer have any palpitations. Pay attention to any citrate or citric acid in any of your meds or supplements.
It is likely Myctotoxin Release Dye off from Canadia Abysisns, A Fungai commonly found in the mouth. Oil Pulling can kill some of these fungai and make you feel worse for a few days then after you usually feel better. Killing some bacteria and other microbes also releases "Alot" of toxins but resides after some use.
If you continue to feel bad long term it could be an allergic response and you should either stop or try different oils until you do not get one with the side effects.
Side effects of the toxic release from bacterial or fungal die off usually last 3-5 days when you first start, And only when you first start doing the oil pulling. This is because your killing off alot of toxic microbes. With most natural health as it works on the cause not the symptoms you feel worse before you feel better.
If it happens long term there is definately a problem. Should it be an allergy try choosing an oil from "Foods" you have no allergic response to. Many Oils can be used!
I've heard of people using Cocoanut oil, grapeseed oil, linseed oil-Flax oil, walnut oil, just about any "organic oil works" so I'd try a few more different kinds before stopping, and go for those derived from foods you have no allergic or otherwise response too. About 3 days and the infection dyeoff symptoms should start to reside if no improvement than likely its not the dieoff its an allergy or other response.
I hope that helps-[Not medical Advice; If you choose to use anything mentioned here do so solely at your own Risk]I am not a medical doctor, you should see your doctor before using any natural or man made medicine that affects your health.
Good luck, and Happy Oil Pulling!
I wanted to comment and say that oil pulling with organic extra virgin Olive oil has worked for me in the 2 short days that I have tried it. I am very glad I found this website.
I suffer from standard sinus problems and I've found that I flush my sinuses multiple times hourly. 2 days ago, I averaged maybe 5 sinus flushes per hour (using saline spray). Then I tried oil pulling.
Day one after starting oil pulling, I flushed my sinuses maybe once an hour. Day two, I've barely flushed at all. I can breatheeee!!! I can inhale and exhale and feel deep clean breaths in my nasal cavities.
Regarding oil pulling for teeth... I have one amalgam filling and was hesitant to begin oil pulling. After research on various websites, I found that other people reported oil pulling with fillings and didn't experience issues. The general understanding is that if you do experience issues with your fillings, there was pre-existing damage anyway. I visit the dentist regularly and I know that my fillings are entact, so I went ahead and began my routine.
I have not experienced any metallic tastes or other abnormalities. I will send an update if I do. Despite only starting this routine within the last 2 days, my teeth are shiny. I floss regularly, and I don't experience bleeding, but my gums are slightly swollen. Since I've started pulling, I've noticed that my gums don't feel swollen anymore. They feel very healthy.
Here is my routine:
I oil pull first thing in the morning with 1TBL/3tsp of evoo. (The oil that I use is standard and found in the organic section of my grocery store. ) I typically pull for 10-15 minutes. I can really feel the change of the oil in my mouth once I reach the end of the swishing period.
I spit it out, and immediately rinse with warm water. I brush my teeth with a tooth powder solution consisting of baking soda and sea salt, and then I gargle again with the remaining warm water (with some of the tooth powder mixed in). I then gargle one more time with just regular warm water to ensure I've cleaned my mouth thoroughly.
In the evenings I floss and gargle with warm water and baking soda/sea salt. In the 2 short days that I've oil pulled, I've noticed that my floss is removing more plaque than before (despite not changing eating habits), so I am definitely happy with the results thus far.
If I do experience any negative effects, I will send an update, but overall I am very happy so far with my oil pulling routine.
Have been oil pulling for four days now with extra virgin olive oil cold pressed. Today went as usual then started to get a metal taste when I drank a glass of water. I was fine after oil pulling. Later I ate two marshmallows and after that is when I got the metal taste. Have looked all over but have not read anything similar. Has anyone experienced this? How long does it last?
"Y" from Chicago--please be advised that your olive oil has probably been diluted with a cheaper oil. I used to get brand named EVOO but it seemed to be going rancid in a very short period of time. My husband could not detect the odor but I could detect a very subtle one. Then I saw a report on the World News that many foods are being diluted to cut costs. Two of the products they reported on were tea and olive oil. I started using CO and am pleased with the results. I've only been doing it for a couple/few weeks. (I dunno exactly! ) I haven't read anymore replies here so I don't know if anyone else addressed your issue.
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
Hi Timh--I wouldn't be afraid to try the BHT but I haven't used vegetable oil for years because it is probably from corn. We were using olive oil until I coverted to the CO. We don't know where the cheaper oils to dilute the olive oil are coming from but I think it may be corn because it used to be cheaper. I had been informed that citric acid and citrate were processed from corn because it was cheaper than citrus fruit. I became aware of this when I started using magnesium citrate because it was supposed to be more readily absorbed (information from a neurosurgeon) and I started having palpitations so bad I was referred to a cardiologist. I was diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions (PVC). The person who advised me about the "citrate" was not a doctor but had been involved in having foods tested for hidden sources of MSG due to his severe sensitivity. I immediately stopped the mag citrate and went back to plain magnesium and the palpitations went away.
Because of my difficulty in processing information I am on SSD. I had been a drafting tech for fifteen years and the head trauma I had four years prior to my termination was the straw that broke the camel's back. I had multiple injuries (thrown from horses and kicked in the head twice) then thrown out of a car (coma for a month). That injury was prior to the one that prompted my termination.
I have been oil pulling with olive oil for six months. I would use a different toothbrush for oil pulling and another for normal tooth brushing, and alway rinse my mouth out with warm salt water (one teaspoon in a small glass). I feel I am less likely to cross contaminate my mouth by using a different toothbrush.
My mouth feels much healther and my teeth are stronger, my dentist recommended for me to use a filler toothpaste as I have sensitive enamel. I choose to oil pull instead, and six months later my teeth are not as sensitive. I would recommend everyone giving it a try as it is inexpensive. It's just getting into a routine, like brushing and flossing teeth. Soon it becomes second nature. Of course you should follow your dentist advice also, I just made my own decision that suited me.
I started pulling oil with cold pressed olive oil. It was about 3.00 for a container of it making it fairly inexpensive. I have asthma and anemia. My teeth are also super sensitive. I also constantly have green yellow crap coming out of the lower half of my lungs alot. Sorry to be graphic. Only when my lungs are open can I get the stuff out. It has been 3 days already. The first day I only felt nauseated. But my teeth were so clean. The second day I had clean teeth and I fell asleep. I just got done doing this and my gums are super pink my teeth the whitest they have been in years. The hard plaque is slowly removing. I feel alot calmer and relaxed. My muscles dont hurt as much (I have chronic pain from both a horse and car accident) and I feel like I can finally sleep. So far I have been doing this in the evening. I am hoping with the enzyme stimulation it increases my metabolism so maybe I will even burn fat while sleeping? I will post another update in a week or so and let you all know how it is going. But so far its great. I have no reason to lie or any company I run to support with this testomony. I really want my respiratory problems gone!
Ok I just want to report after few days I have those white teeth that when I look in the mirror I'm amazed.
I always had beautiful big teeth but yellow in color so my smile wasn't such a remarkable thing. I don't smoke or drink coffee but they were yellow no matter the toothpaste I used. I don't know if I should keep doing it cause people will really notice it's getting to be a hollywood smile lol!
First time oil pulling although been winning the battle with other detox methods I figured why not try another along with them it couldn't hurt alternating. Just tried olive oil, and let me say olive oil doesn't taste bad however that being said after swooshing it through my teeth and around my tongue I started vomiting and nasal drainage was pouring out so fast I had to blow my my nose and cough much mucous up. After vomiting a few times I felt better so I went another round hoping to make it more than 15 seconds and I did for near a minute although I hit that point again and when spitting out the oil it was foamy with still a yellow tinge although this was my limit for the day.
I noticed instant results and will keep you updated as I feel over the next couple weeks, btw I had to mouthwash afterward from vomiting and to get the oil residue out and using listerine was more painful than I have ever experienced the past 40 years. I'm winning the fight of having a brain tumor, abdomen tumor, and foot tumor, along with lead and mercury poisoning over the years that left dense metaphesial lines on bones in my wrist. I'm still waiting to see doctors for treatment after diagnosed last February. I'd be dead if I hadn't taken matters in my own hands. Since my several month on off detox regimen with pectosol, chlorella, selenium, ALA, and a couple others I have felt abdomen gummed getting smaller by 60% and look like I'm 27 and not 38 in this short time. Winning as Sheen would say!
Hi, I'm very new to this..... What type of olive oil to use for oil pulling (from supermarket shelf for cooking/salad)? When brushing teeth, do you use the same type baking soda as for making breads/dough (the type in small bottle) in the confectionery ingredient shelf of the supermarket? Thanks a lot!
(Loxahatchee, Florida, Usa)
Lynn, just in case you didn't get an answer yet... I've been using "extra light" olive oil which has virtually no flavor. I find it's easier to do the oil pulling with something flavorless--makes me much less likely to gag. I can just put my mind on something else and not think about what's in my mouth.
Baking soda is also called bicarbonate of soda and is normally used in baking.
To Lynn from Singapore: I recommend extra virgin olive oil, organic if possible but at least extra virgin. For the baking soda/sodium bicarb yes you are thinking of the same thing. In addition to the supermarkets and wholesale shops, I also have seen bicarb soda in bags at my local Asian market in my US city. Get as big a bag or box as you can, you will use a lot of it and it is better value than lots of little boxes. I am new to olive oil pulling just like you. Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes. Citygirl from Richardson, TX USA
Annie, many of us who are oil pulling have fillings, crowns etc. and oil pull with no problem.
Hi Annie! I just wanted to let you know that I have fillings and crowns and I can still do oil pulling with no problems. In fact, I think it actually helps because my teeth are soooo close together that I basically could not floss without my gums bleeding. Oil pulling causes anything between my teeth to be washed away and I no longer bother to floss. My dentist always says my teeth look great, so no worries.
I oil pulled twice today for 10 minutes each session (EV olive), I saw white foam at the corner of my mouth but both times I spat out it was yellow. Is this maybe because I can't press it through my teeth?
Also, does this help with sensitive teeth in time? Just at the time I was going to switch to natural toothpaste my teeth got sensitive & I switched to Sensodyne instead.
If it matters I am suffering from systemic Candida, & I am 39 yrs old.
This site is awesome & has given me new hope as I had no more money to spend on probiotics. Thank you & God bless.
I understand you oil pulled with EV olive oil, and it was still yellow after your session of 10 minutes. Well, in my experience, olive oil is the one type of oil for oil pulling that very rarely becomes white. Do not worry about it: You still get the positive effects.
After many years of oil pulling with sesame oil, sun flower oil and peanut oil, I have now added EV olive oil and coconut oil. The oils are all slightly different, but I like them all.
(Southland, New Zealand)
Hi Carolyn, I'm sure the OP will have great effect. For cheap and incredibly good probiotics, google kombucha tea. You can make it at home for a few cents/L. Very good against candida albicans as the yeasts that will also grow in the tea are not spore producers like candida and will help muscle that bad yeast from your system. It is also loaded with enzymes, B vitamins and beneficial acids. I take Kombucha after OP and it's a great daily treatment for health.
(Loxahatchee, Florida, Usa)
Carolyn, about your sensitive teeth... I had that problem years ago and it was getting worse and worse, to the point that I had to use Sensodyne and if I switched back to regular toothpaste even once, the pain would come right back. Then I happened to read something about fluoride causing or aggravating this problem (it's been over 10 years so I don't remember clearly what it said). I switched to non-fluoride toothpaste and have tried to avoid fluoride ever since, and my problem went away almost immediately, never to return. I still don't swish ice water or ice cream around in my mouth, but I can swish tap water--and certainly couldn't before. I also recommend CoQ10 if you have any gum sensitivity or problems.
As for candida, I recently determined that I have a problem (relatively minor, but some symptoms were increasingly troublesome and I didn't want it any worse! ). I found a great product called Threelac, and after one month have noticed great improvements. Actually I saw some improvements just in the first week and it continued... But yesterday was the one-month point and I noticed then that my brain function was better than it's been in years. I'm thrilled and recommending it to everyone. (Just do a search and you'll find it.)
Has anyone experienced impacted wisdom teeth since beginning oil pulling? I Have been OPing with olive oil for four months and suddenly I have two third molars erupting on me at age 46! I lost a first molar to tooth breakage after a root canal about eight years ago. I do not have a bridge in that spot, so I'm thinking there is now room in the back of my mouth so the second molar has shifted which gives the third molar room to sprout. It is a whole tooth, crown, the works but it is lying lower than it should and is poking through the skin next to my tongue.
Also, I've lost a filling since OPing and another tooth has broken. LOL! What will happen next?
I've been OPing for at least four days with extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil, about 15 - 20 min in the morning after I wake up. I noticed an immediate difference after the first OP, just in my teeth being slightly whiter and the clean feeling all over my teeth. Each day, my teeth have gotten whiter and stayed white throughout the day. I've been having some MINOR sinus drainage, but it also seems my face has gotten clearer (I'm pregnant, so I've been having facial issues with pimples and dry, itchy, red splotchy areas). After a full 30 days I will post again my results.
(New Delhi, India)
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
No idea as far as losing weight but my one implant is ok. I asked the surgeon and he said that it wouldn't be a problem! I did it while I had a root canal with no crown and the filling kept falling off. Was it because of the OP? I don't know. Some experts say that it can be if the root canal has a problem. I ended up losing my tooth because after putting the filling back a few times it broke.
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(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
Unfortunately OP didn't seem to do anything for my dry eyes. What makes my eyes feel a lot better is putting a few cold slices of cucumber on them every day. I discovered that by coincidence when I decided to try the cucumber slices to get rid of the bags under my eyes! I have been doing OP for quite a while and to be honest I don't notice a thing!
I have been oil pulling for the past 2 years and the first thing that I have noticed is that I have not had a bad cold since then, and using olive oil at first was harsh but, I have become used to it. Losing weight I am way over weight and since I have been oil pulling I have lost 50 lbs and feel much better. I oil pull every morning before I have breakfast for about 20 minutes. When I come home from work I oil pull again this time longer over one hour while on my computer. Oil pulling is a part of my daily life. My over all condition has improved a lot. No more asthma atacks or wheezing and with the loss of the weight I find myself getting around much more instead of watching TV all the time. I am not as tired as how I used to be after losing the toxins that plays a major roll in my life. At the beginning my body was purging out all the impurities and this does happen. Depending on your condition. Everyones condition is different.
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When I started to pull olive oil 3 days ago, next morning wake up with a BIGGG HEADACHE! Ok, when to the bathroom and do it again, finish the second day (morning)and some yellow mucus never seen before came out thru my nose. Headache is gone. After that was clear mucus and stuffy runny nose.
Today is the 3 day and have whole day with stuffy (and runny nose), sneeze and cold like, no taste. Dont know what to think. If I still feeling that way maybe I stop pulling and try to massage my gum with the oil (the way my Mom did with babies to clean their (our) mouth.
(Jersey City, Nj, Usa)
Most weekends I use virgin olive oil for OP, swishing it around while I prepare breakfast for the family, refusing to answer anyone bothering me with irritating questions and remarks - OP is a perfect way to shut yourself off from unwanted conversations while the brain has not woken up yet!!
After 20 minutes I spit the oil into a little plastic bag with tissues, tie a knot in it and dispose of it. Then I brush my teeth with a toothpaste containing bicarb and other goodies, but here's the thing I have been wondering about: I get a strong taste/smell of ammonia in my mouth during and after brushing, until I rinse with propolis tincture. Any comments anyone?
PS My eyesight has improved so much I've had to replace my spectacles. And I don't need any glasses at all for reading now! My optician was amazed. he clearly didn't believe me until he had tested me.
I decided to try olive oil for pulling, because I had it in the cupboard. I am a mouth breather and sometimes it's hard to get my roof and tongue in my mouth clean. I figured that I used baby oil to clean up tar once, I bet olive oil might be able to get the real sticky stuff. VOILA! My tongue looks and feels so much better- also I can tell a difference in my gums. So far this is a great experience. I am not sold 100% on the claims to heal everything, but it has helped my mouth!
I started oil pulling with coconut oil 2.5 months ago with great results. Plaque disappeared from teeth, gums stopped bleeding after 2nd day, intestinal health improved, much better digestion, etc. The only die off symptoms I experienced were a mild candida die off in my throat and tongue, which wasn't severe at all. The other day I decided to try Olive oil. I read that by most accounts, coconut oil seemed to have the most die off reactions so I expected the olive oil to be mild in its effect. Well, after pulling with EV organic olive oil I had a healing reaction with the most die off I've had in years! The symptoms were intense intestinal duress, swollen glands and throat, body aches, extreme fatigue, severe flu, fever. This was hiding in my body and remained unaffected by the coconut oil. I will continue pulling with olive oil until the toxicity is gone. It seems that in my case, switching to another oil flushed out some unhealthy life forms living with me that the coconut oil did not affect. After these symptoms disappear, I will test out another oil to see if there is anything else lurking there. If you are interested in cleansing your body of toxicity, I highly recommend trying different oils after any die off symptoms subside. Also, for those new to cleansing, make sure your organs of elimination are working properly and assist them with herbal formulas so the toxins that are stirred out of hiding do not get reabsorbed. Three areas of focus that come to mind are the liver (coffee enemas help dramatically), kidneys, and colon.