I was eating Colombian candy a few weeks ago. Lollipops. The South American version of Charms or Tootsie Pops.
I’m the impatient type. I can’t suck on hard candy for long. I almost always bite into it.
So of course I crunched through those Colombian lollipops like they were chocolate bars. I have strong teeth so it’s usually no problem.
But this foreign candy was different – it was rock hard.
The next morning I woke up in pain. Two of my front teeth were loose.
Could I fix this? I Googled it. Bad news. Dentists can’t do much for loose teeth.
But after a little more research, I found a possible solution:
Pulling coconut oil…
What is coconut oil pulling?
Pulling means taking a spoonful of oil in your mouth, swishing it around for a while, then spitting it out.
It’s called ‘pulling’ because you pull and suck the oil through the spaces in your teeth.
Why use coconut oil?
Sure, you can use any kind of veggie oil for pulling.
But coconut oil works best.
That’s because coconut oil is antibacterial. It freshens breath and whitens teeth. Coconut oil is also known to heal loose teeth, cracks, AND cavities.
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Isn’t pulling just a fad?
Yes, oil pulling is trendy these days. But the technique has roots in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. So it’s not really a fad. More like old wisdom re-discovered.
Anyhow I didn’t care if it was a trend, at that point.
My teeth hurt. And I had to fix them.
So I tried pulling.
What happened after two weeks of coconut oil pulling?
I am very happy with the results!
After pulling oil for just a few weeks, the benefits are clear.
Here’s what I experienced:
Much Whiter Teeth
Coconut oil removes plaque and brown stains.
It makes your teeth very white. Fast, too!
I noticed whiter teeth after pulling just twice!
Healed Dental Damage
Pulling fixed my two loose teeth – they’ve ‘reset.’
They still need more time, sure, but they’re almost totally healed.
Pain Mostly Gone
Coconut oil really reduces mouth pain.
Again, not totally fixed, but the pain in my mouth is almost gone.
My breath is much fresher since I started pulling the oil.
Pulling makes your mouth feel great too, giving you that smooth, clean, post-dentist visit feeling.
How to pull coconut oil
Oil pulling is easy.
Anyone can do it:
1) Choose your oil
Organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is best.
2) Measure amount
I use one tablespoon at a time.
If the oil is solid (below 76 degrees), put a chunk in your mouth so it melts. The oil will swell up slightly while you’re using it.
3) Swish It Around
Swish that oil around just like mouthwash.
Pull or suck it through your teeth, work the oil around with your tongue, etc.
4) For how long?
10 to 20 minutes per session.
5) How often?
Depends on you.
If your mouth is healthy, pulling once a day is good. If you’re trying to heal damaged teeth, two or three times daily is ideal.
Never swallow waste oil when you’re done!
It’s filled with plaque, bits of food, and toxins. Spit the oil in the trash or outside, instead. Don’t spit oil down the drain, it’ll clog.
Oil pulling is simple, yes.
But there are a few small things to watch out for…
Be mindful of clothing, computers, phones, and books when you have oil in your mouth. Because you’ll probably spit some out accidentally, until you get hang of it. Also, avoid watching or reading anything funny while you’re pulling!
And finally, remember that oil pulling is a supplement, not a replacement. Continue using toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash like always.
I really didn’t think coconut oil pulling would work for me.
I only did it because I was desperate…
But I was wrong. Oil pulling is great. I really recommend it.
Try it for just a few weeks and you’ll be amazed too.
Have you tried pulling coconut oil? Did it work for you?
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