Coconut Oil Pulling – Three Month Update
I did start off oil pulling every day, but I’ve lessened this frequency now. I oil pull every 2-3 days, so still a fair amount. I have also recently changed the way I do it. I read an article which said to brush your teeth first and then oil pull. I was doing it the opposite way. I am not sure which way is best or even if there are any differences, but I’d be keen to know. I now brush my teeth, oil pull and rinse. I find this way a little easier as I usually brush my teeth in the shower or after, then I can oil pull as I get ready and spit it out before my breakfast.
I also do it for less than twenty minutes. I aim for at least five minutes each time, but usually do it for 10-15. I do it for however long it takes me to get ready. I still notice the difference on the days I do it, even if I do it for less time.
So what have I noticed?
I’ve definitely noticed my teeth are whiter and cleaner. This is also more noticeable on the oil pulling days. To be fair, I’ve also not drank regular tea or coffee for around one year now. Before, I used to drink at least two coffees a day, so this could have made a difference in the whiteness of my teeth too. It will be interesting to see if they are much whiter after a year of pulling. Just nine more months to go!
Oil pulling is also supposed to improve your overall health as it rids the mouth of potentially harmful bacteria, which would otherwise enter the body. I’ve not been ill since oil pulling, but I’m usually never ill anyway. So I can’t be sure if it is improving my overall health as I have no comparison. There is now some evidence for it reducing plaque so I will keep on. I have the dentist soon and I wonder if they will notice a difference.
There had not been any formal studies of the practice until this year. A study of 60 people who had plaque induced gingivitis (inflammation of the gums which can also cause bad breath), found that symptoms decreased significantly within seven days and continued to do so after this. There’s an interesting article with more links here: http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/study-oil-pulling-with-coconut-oil-decreased-plaque-and-gingivitis/
This is great news for those who practice this technique as it’s the first study proving some of its benefits. Hopefully there will be more soon. There are so many people who have seen results for themselves after long term oil pulling which keep me intrigued and I’ll continue to pull. I shall post a year’s update once I get there!