Does Oil Pulling Work or Not?

What do you know about Oil Pulling? Here’s the Q and A for this subject

You may have heard about oil pulling but you are not sure how it can work for you. Does oil pulling work or not – that is the question which we like to answer today in this article.

We have put together the most important information about oil pulling.  Let’s start with the history…

Where has Oil Pulling Originated? The History in Short

Oil Pulling is a method that had been originated in Asia, precisely in India as part of the Ayurvedic medicine.

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The Ancient Ayurveda Treatment

In Sanskrit the word for dental health ‘dantaswasthya’ and following Ayurveda, the main point is that the nature of a cure depends upon the constitution of the person and the climatic changes.
The ayurvedic treatments where very personal ones and everyone was striving to treat imbalances of the “doshas” – the three elements that come together to create a person’s over-all health.

The Oil pulling method as an Ayurvedic practice known as “Kavala or Gandusha”  provides a cure for not only oral health issues but also for diseases such as , asthma, hormonal imbalances, headache, diabetes, and congestion.

Oil Pulling used as the traditional folk treatment in India is believed to prevent oral malodor, cracked lips, decay, dry throat, weakening gums and jaw, and tooth decay.

Different oils can be used per the ayurvedic method: sunflower, coconut, or sesame oil.
Some treatments like the “kavala graha and gandusha” contain gargling with sesame oil or sunflower oil.  Prescribed by Ayurvedic practitioners it would be help with mouth inflammation, dryness or any other oral ailment.  

Modern Times Bring a New Way of Oil Pulling

The oil pulling  method of today started in the 90s by Mr. Tummala Kotesware Rao of Bangalore, India.  He discovered oil pulling after reading an Ukrainian academic paper which claimed that shamans through Siberia had used oil pulling for more than 100 years.

It was also in the late 90s when the Western wellness trend began. People were searching more and more for alternative methods to keep the body healthy. While sesame oil was widely used for oil pulling hence the connection to Ayurveda, a new miracle oil made its way into the West: Coconut Oil.
The cold-pressed, unrefined and unprocessed coconut oil came to light and became the most sought after and  effective oil for the oil pulling method.

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Is Oil Pulling Dangerous?

Now that we know where it has originated should we actually ask this question? The fact alone, that a method had been used throughout centuries by Millions of people, should be the answer.
But we live in a time where the word danger is used very lightly. And sometimes it seems that there are dangers everywhere. It is not true.
Let’s call it a myth that such a simple and healthy method like oil pulling is being called dangerous. Let’s assume that maybe it has been found that it can be harmful to pregnant mothers or to people who suffer from difficult to treat diseases such as Alzheimers.
The only reason that it could be harmful is, when anyone would ingest or swallow the toxins pulled from the gums.
Therefor it is very important that you never swallow the oil. Spit out the oil into the trash after having it swished in your mouth for a while.

Can Oil Pulling Reverse Tooth Decay?

If tooth decay had been diagnosed by the dentist, unfortunately oil pulling cannot reverse the damaged teeth.
The good news it that oil pulling is preventing tooth decay because it is reducing the amount of harmful bacteria that are causing the teeth to decay.

How can Coconut Oil Kill Harmful Bacteria in the Mouth?

In a study 30 different fatty acids had been tested for their ability to attack harmful bacteria. They had been compared and the result was astonishing:

Coconut oil with the fatty acid named lauric acid was the winner – Lauric acid combats harmful bacteria.

When you swish coconut oil in the mouth lauric acid attacks the harmful bacteria that can cause bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.
Especially the bacteria names  Streptococcus mutans which is amajor cause of tooth decay.

How do you do Oil Pulling correctly?

Oil pulling is the oral care method of swishing oil in your mouth for 5 up to 20 minutes. You can begin with 5 minutes (or less) and increase gradually to 10 and 15 minutes.
Basically oil pulling is like using oil as a mouthwash.

Here are the steps:

  • If the coconut oil should be firm which can be during the winter months (it gets firm below 76 degrees F) place bottle or packet in a glass with hot water or if you use packets, hold it for some minutes in your warm hands.
  • Pour a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth or use 1 single packet.
  • Swish the oil in your mouth for 5 -15/20 minutes, pushing and pulling it between teeth.
  • Spit out the oil into the trash (don’t use the toilet or the sink as it can clog the pipes).
  • Brush your teeth as regular.

It’s best to do oil pulling as part of your morning or evening routine. But you can do this at any time during the day. 

Should you Brush the Teeth before or after Oil Pulling?

There is no need to brush the teeth before using the oil pulling method. But if you do oil pulling after you had a meal, we recommend to brush the teeth first. 
In general the oil pulling practice will remove food and bacteria from the mouth. If you do oil pulling the first thing in the morning you would not brush your teeth first.
The good thing is: There’s no right or wrong way to do oil pulling. You find your own way and rhythm.

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Can Coconut Oil Remove Plaque?

Why is it Important to have Plaque Removed?

It does not only look unattractive, it is also a pre-step for an oral disease called Gingivitis.
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums around the teeth. When do you know you have this inflammation?

Symptoms of Gingivitis are

  • Swollen gums
  • Bright red or purple gums
  • Gums become tender or painful to the touch
  • Bleeding gums or bleeding after brushing and/or flossing
  • Bad breath or also halitosis

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If Gingivitis will not be treated a new disease can evolve: Periodontitis. Dentists say, if it occurs, it is always preceded by gingivitis. In step 2 the tissue around the teeth will be destroyed accompanied by bone resorption. In an advanced stage the tooth will fall out.

How Do You Treat Gingivitis?

If it would be easy not so many people would suffer from it. There are many mouthwashes available that are trying to solve the issue. Of course you can get plaque removal every 6 months or, depending on the plaque building, even every 3 months.

But the most important point is the reduction of oral bacteria in the mouth that is causing plaque building.
Regular methods are scaling, root planing, curettage, mouth washes containing chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide, and flossing. Interdental brushes also help remove any causative agents.

While doing the research for this subject we found out that coconut oil is hardly ever mentioned as  a treatment.
Surprised? Well, let’s go back to the original question:

Can Coconut Oil Remove Plaque?



virgin coconut oil pulling for gingivitis and bleeding gums
Some call Coconut Oil Pulling a myth. Some call it not proven scientifically and some say, YES it works. We think that “How coconut oil pulling removes tartar and plaque on teeth” is NOT a myth, it is possible and has PROVEN results.

How is it possible, you may ask?
Yes, wee will explain in this article all the details about coconut oil pulling so you can make your own decision.

Oil pulling is in fact not a new method to keep up a healthy oral care. It is known and used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicine since centuries.

Ayurvedic medicine  or abbreviated Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing methods. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. It contains concepts about herbal compounds, special diets and other health practices such as oil pulling, that are vital to maintain a holistic health.

So OIL PULLING, per the Ayurvedic medicine, is basically swishing coconut oil through your teeth and mouth for several minutes with organic unrefined virgin coconut oil and, for a great taste, it can be combined with Peppermint Oil.

You can think of it as an oily mouthwash but with far more powerful benefits! 

The modern adaptation of oil pulling in Western nations such as the USA, has just began in the last 5-6 years.

Why is this Simple Method of Coconut Oil Pulling so Powerful?

  • Whitens teeth naturally without the necessity to bleach them
  • Keeps gums healthy
  • Clears sinuses
  • Helps with headaches and migraine
  • Removes plaque and tartar from teeth
  • Improves skin
  • Reduces bad breath (Halitosis)

As you notice, the benefits of oil pulling are not small. It is known here in the USA since the 90s as a powerful method of detoxifying the body.

Coconut oil expert Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Oil Pulling Therapy, says “Oil pulling is one of the most remarkable methods of detoxification and healing I have ever experienced in my career as a naturo-pathic physician.”

Why is Coconut Oil Pulling Removing Tartar and Plaque?

The mouth is a place for many bacteria. One of them is the so called “Streptococcus Mutans” which is responsible for tooth decay and gum diseases.
Oil Pulling with coconut oil (not other oils!) is able to diminish the quantity of Streptococcus Mutans in the mouth.

You have to know that these bacteria create a “biofilm” on the teeth which  becomes after some time plaque. And later on this is causing tooth decay and gum disease if not removed from the teeth regularly.
We are glad that oil pulling can help and it is more inexpensive than deep cleaning the the teeth.



A study that we found in the Nigerian Medical Journal from 2015 tested coconut oil on 60 boys and girls, age group 16-18, and everyone had symptoms of plaque induced gingivitis.
Oil pulling was done for 30 days as part of the daily oral care routine.
Plaque and gingival indices of the subjects were assessed at baseline days 1,7,15 and 30.

A statistically significant DECREASE in the plaque and gingival indices was noticed from day 7 and the scores continued to decrease during the period of the study.


How to Use Oil Pulling

1. If you use Cocopull™ packets (virgin organic unrefined coconut oil and organic peppermint oil) you use one packet daily.
Or use 1 table spoon of liquid coconut oil.

2. Swish the oil slowly in your mouth for at least 5-10 minutes at the beginning, then increase to 20 minutes. Make sure to swish it at least for 10 minutes. The oil should reach every part in your mouth.

3. Never swallow the oil! It is not intended to eat! When done swishing spit it out into trash. The oil becomes very thin and foamy when you swish.

4. Rinse your mouth with water.

5. Brush your teeth as usual.

Oil Pulling is a very inexpensive method that should become a part of your daily routine. So far we have received many positive testimonials about Cocopull.

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How Effective is Coconut Oil Pulling:

“I had severe plaque building around my lower teeth and bleeding gums. A teeth cleaning was needed. Then I started to use Cocopull and what do you say? After day 4 I saw that the plaque had almost dissolved and no more bleeding gums. I am thrilled because I save a lot on teeth cleaning and on top my teeth are whiter too! I will use Cocopull for my daily routine from now on. ” Gina S.

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