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oil pulling and paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2010 at 7:04 AM

Does anyone practice oil pulling (swishing oil - I use coconut - around in the mouth for twenty minutes on an empty stomach every day) and if so, have they noticed any changes to their health?

I ask this question specifically to people who are following a paleo diet - as sometimes changes are hard to detect when overall health is very good anyway. I started OP a while ago to hopefully whiten my yellow teeth, which cannot be cleaned conventionally as they have been yellow since the adult teeth erupted......and have read amazing claims for it curing all kinds of other ailments such as gum disease and sinus disorders, joint pain and overall increase in sleep quality......

So, has anyone had any experience with whiter teeth through OP or any of these other benefits?

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on April 23, 2014
at 10:56 PM

@Comment 1 which was the best??

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on October 05, 2012
at 09:59 PM

So is it really 20 minutes?

1955b5516a3eaedce732f4ea8bb3fa6c

on June 25, 2012
at 01:44 PM

it liquefies in your mouth really quickly. my CO is usually still solid when I begin and I just throw it in and move it around until it becomes liquid then continue.

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Question, isn't Coconut Oil a solid at room temperature? How did you liquefy it? Or am I wrong?

1a68c71d62aa058a86c83c5bb0c28650

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on February 23, 2012
at 02:49 AM

The updated link is http://www.naturalnews.com/025578_oil_pulling_health.html

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on February 22, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I can't usually do it for 20 minutes at a time. I probably do 10 minutes once or twice a day--one of them on an empty stomach in the morning. I definitely have noticed less plaque and less teeth sensitivity. Cannot tell if my gums have improved or not but I think they were decent before. My teeth are whiter however.

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on November 01, 2011
at 02:06 PM

I tried with coconut oil today (twice), seems to make my breathe/sinus feel slightly fresher and clearer. Will have to wait and see long-term effects...

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on July 06, 2011
at 08:37 AM

I recently started pulling with olive oil. The benefits it purports are more than just healthy teeth and mouth. It's hard to say, but I feel more settled and grounded in a way that I can't quite convey. There is definitely something to it.

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on May 28, 2011
at 04:34 AM

I've never heard of this... 20 minutes? Is that a typo? I think I would throw up or at least get really sick of having something in my mouth that long... can you elaborate on this please? Paleo has helped my teeth and gums a lot, but still could use some help.

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on August 05, 2010
at 03:44 AM

I wonder if the oil pulling helped replicate a more paleo condition in the mouth, ie less sugar, more fat.

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on June 27, 2010
at 07:24 PM

would it be a case of trying to build up the enamel layer then so that the teeth are not so transparent?

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on June 20, 2010
at 02:28 AM

Can't think of a reason this practice would have a downside. If it works, great. If it doesn't, it seems unlikely to cause you harm. If you try it out, please let us know how it went!

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:36 AM

It is somewhat based on a number of things that make up plaque and teeth stains being more oil-soluble than water-soluble.

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on July 08, 2010
at 04:17 AM

I used to have awful teeth and gums, and the dentist said I was in the early stages of periodontal disease (this of course was prepaleo.) Started oil swishing with coconut oil, and my teeth whitened incredibly, but even better, my next trip trip to the dentist was a different world - she commented on what nice healthy gums I have and wow I must brush and floss well (of course I had always brushed and flossed well, no change there) and what a clean mouth I had. Best of all, no more gum recession! And all of this was when I was still eating SAD. Now that I'm paleo, so many other great effects to my health from the new diet (such as seasonal allergies gone - yey!!), but the oil swishing sure did help the gums and teeth even prepaleo. I was quite consistent about the swishing, only missed a day now and then, not often.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on August 05, 2010
at 03:44 AM

I wonder if the oil pulling helped replicate a more paleo condition in the mouth, ie less sugar, more fat.

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on June 19, 2010
at 11:20 AM

Is that based on lauric acid anti-bacterial properties?

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:36 AM

It is somewhat based on a number of things that make up plaque and teeth stains being more oil-soluble than water-soluble.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 22, 2012
at 08:33 PM

So how long do you people who have noticed benefits to this, swish the oil around in your mouth for?

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on February 22, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I can't usually do it for 20 minutes at a time. I probably do 10 minutes once or twice a day--one of them on an empty stomach in the morning. I definitely have noticed less plaque and less teeth sensitivity. Cannot tell if my gums have improved or not but I think they were decent before. My teeth are whiter however.

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:20 PM

Started OP today: 1) Macadamia Oil - 2) Olive Oil 3) Coconut Oil

I'll let you know what's best - FWIW, my clogged sinuses seemed to drain a bit on 1st day. Helped my bronchitis. So it seems.

1a68c71d62aa058a86c83c5bb0c28650

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on February 23, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Question, isn't Coconut Oil a solid at room temperature? How did you liquefy it? Or am I wrong?

1955b5516a3eaedce732f4ea8bb3fa6c

on June 25, 2012
at 01:44 PM

it liquefies in your mouth really quickly. my CO is usually still solid when I begin and I just throw it in and move it around until it becomes liquid then continue.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 23, 2014
at 10:56 PM

@Comment 1 which was the best??

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on June 27, 2010
at 09:19 PM

I use coconut oil and have been doing it on & off for a few months. I notice no change but Im off more than on, I'm afraid. BUT I do notice healthier gums and teeth since going Paleo ( small amounts of Raw Milk and cheese on strength days). Paleo is the key.

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on June 27, 2010
at 07:05 PM

Perhaps this is an additional reason native people on meat-based diets have such lovely teeth. If the stains are fat-soluble, they'd not stick as badly in a high-fat situation. Sounds worth using for stained teeth. For yours, however, it may not work as well. I'm in the same situation, in that I naturally have a yellow tint due to thin enamel. Basically, you can see through my enamel, and the underlying tissues aren't white. Nothing to be done without scary bleaching, etc. At the very least, it may help normalize your mouth bacteria!

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on June 27, 2010
at 07:24 PM

would it be a case of trying to build up the enamel layer then so that the teeth are not so transparent?

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on April 24, 2014
at 09:24 PM

I oil pull every morning with coconut as well. I had an infected wisdom tooth, it ended up being pulled. I was on my third round of antibiotics and the infection wouldn't leave. I heard of oil pulling and thought hey, it's worth a try. I would try anything at that point! And lo and behold, it got rid of the infection. I would recommend it to anyone. :)

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on April 24, 2014
at 08:50 PM

I oil pull also and mainly noticed a difference in plaque build up and a reduction in some bad breath at the end of the day. I wrote a post on oil pulling actually, and discovered that there is some scientific evidence of it's benefits, but the science is limited probably due to the fact that most people don't know what it is.

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/2013/10/21/oil-pulling-health/

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on October 05, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Coconut oil works... Sunflower or Sesame Oil are supposed to be better. I switch it up personally. Oil pulling is pretty great when you do it consistently.

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