Oil pulling is simple, and requires only one ingredient, which you probably already have in your pantry: coconut oil. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 15-to-20 minutes. Yes, minutes—not seconds! It’s the perfect excuse to sit back and watch some Netflix. Then, spit it out. That’s it!
Here’s how it works: Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is antimicrobial. The liquid membrane of the fatty acid attaches to the bacteria cells, which are pulled out of your mouth as you spit out the oil.
Now, there are outrageous claims on social media that oil pulling cures everything under the sun, from eczema to ulcers. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough research to back these claims. Currently, science only supports the following results: reducing bad breath, gingivitis, and plaque. As you can imagine, I’m pretty pleased with these benefits as a practicing dentist.
You can commit to oil pulling once a day to achieve the best results—but please remember: It doesn’t replace brushing and flossing! Oil pulling has the potential to benefit your overall oral hygiene, but it does not replace your dentist-approved oral care routine. I have never tried it myself but would love to hear if you use it!
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