Five year ago, I would have heard something like Oil Pulling and absolutely laughed at the hippies that were involved in the nonsense. However, I've grown into quite a city-hippy after my college years and I'm starting to believe in these more natural living habits. If you haven't heard about this "new" trend, here's a little info, straight from Wikipedia:
Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth.
I saw some info about it on Pinterest a couple of months ago and started to read up on it. I didn't see anyone write about any side-effects, plus, I had just purchased my first jar of coconut oil and I figured I'd give it a shot.
Here's how my first time went: Scooped a spoonful of coconut oil, put it in my mouth. Instantly, it started "melting" from the solid it was to a liquid...which, for some reason, I wasn't expecting and it gave me the heebie-jeebies. Swishing the warm liquid is not fun, I'll tell you that. (FYI: You can't swallow it because it's pulling toxins and nobody wants that in their digestive system). My goal was 5 minutes and I barely made it before gag-spitting it up in a nearby paper towel. It wasn't the best experience, for sure. The next day, I decided I'd be better. I made it 15 minutes and I didn't feel like I put a lot of effort into the whole ordeal. I think it's just one of those things you just have to get used to and it gets easier with time.
So, are my teeth bright-white and I'm headache free? Not so much. But, here's the reason I'll keep on pulling. I've always been a pink-in-the-sink tooth brusher. I haven't had major dental troubles as an adult, but that has been a common part of my everyday hygiene routines: seeing a little pink in the sink as I brush. My gums are weaklings, obviously. Anyway, after just two days of oil pulling, no more pink.
I don't see pulling as being a part of my daily routine, but I will continue to do so every once in a while. I saw it work for me, so I've officially been converted into these hippie ways and I'm not completely ashamed of it. There's plenty of good info from all over blog-land on the matter. Check out these pins for yourself.