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How To Do Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil

This 3,000 year old Ayurvedic practice can reduce bacteria that contributes to tooth decay & gum inflammation, counteract bad breath, whiten teeth & more
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger



  • Place about a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in your mouth and begin swishing it all around. If you're finding it difficult to hold the oil in your mouth without swallowing some, spit some out in to the trash and try a smaller amount.
  • Gently swish the oil for 5-20 minutes. Longer is typically considered better, but do what works best with your schedule.
  • When you're done, spit the oil into the garbage. Don't swallow it or spit it into the sink/toilet.
  • Before eating or drinking anything rinse your mouth with warm water. Purified water or water that has been mixed with mineral-rich sea salt are both good options. Mineral-rich saliva contributes to tooth remineralization, which is a normal biological response to ongoing demineralization from acidic foods, etc.


Most guides to oil pulling suggest brushing your teeth immediately. However, newer recommends often say to brush beforehand so that the anti-inflammatory compounds in the oil are able to maintain longer contact with the mouth after a session.
Personally, I opt to brush and floss before oil pulling.