Oil Pulling for Oral Health and Hygiene


It’s amazing to see scientific research done on oil pulling by NCBI for cases of plaque, gingivitis, oral hygiene, bacteria, dental cavities, bad breath, although traditionally, oil pulling is an Ayurvedic technique and Ayurveda is a form of science that has existed for decades.
Our tongue is considered the map of the body and the mirror of health. That’s why it’s mandatory for me and many other health professionals to ask the patient to show us their tongue. There is so much you can learn from the tongue. It’s colour, the back of the tongue, the coating, the colour of the coating, bumps, etc, can give you a clue about the health of the gut, liver and other correlations of the patient and their symptoms.

Preferable oils for oil pulling: Cold pressed sunflower, sesame, coconut and some even use extra virgin olive oil.

  • Adults usually consume 1-3 tbsp and swish the oil around their mouth, in between their teeth, for anywhere between 5-20 minutes. Its best done in a sitting position, empty stomach before food and water, before brushing your teeth and first thing in morning.
  • Children over 5 years can start with 1 tsp
  • You can do it every day, or even twice a week.
  • This is not a replacement for your dental visits.
  • We must still cut down on sugar and junk that feeds bacteria and microorganisms in the mouth as that also creates a perfect environment for tooth decay.

Because Ayurveda believes that the tongue is connected with every organ in the body, it states that full body detoxification can also happen through oil pulling, but this is still under study.

– Luke Coutinho


Luke Coutinho

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