Oil Pulling Versus Cavities: Before And After

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Ever heard of oil pulling? An Ayurvedic technique(Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine). Oil pulling involves taking particular oils and swishing them in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes in order to achieve particular beneficial effects ascribed to each oil. So how does this help cavities? We’ll discuss oil pulling versus cavities, how they fare before and after treatment. We will also discuss the benefits of different types of oils which you may employ should you wish to try oil pulling on your own. Are you ready to learn more? Let’s discuss.

Why oil pulling? I don’t want to pull out my teeth!

Despite the name, oil pulling does not employ pulling out your teeth in any form or fashion. It is more about pulling out harmful bacteria and toxins. Many people have adopted this method of oral hygiene due to the purported benefits and due to its long history, said to span a period of over 3000 years. Does it cure cavities? Well, there is no cure for cavities, but it is considered a hearty ‘preventative maintenance’ practice by some that you can employ to help keep your smile shiny and fresh.

How to cure prevent cavities naturally

How to get rid of cavities naturally… ahhh, the holy grail. There have been some claims that oil pulling can have this benefit but you will have to prove or disprove this for yourself… Current research supports some claims but others will simply need more study. That said, if you like the idea of trying oil pulling to combat tooth decay. Great! Let’s discuss it. As we’d mentioned, oil pulling involves swishing particular oils in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes in order to reap the benefits of the medium that you are employing. You simply put one tablespoon in your mouth and then swish it about while reading or watching your favorite show until up to 20 minutes has passed. What kind of oils would you use? Some oils that may be employed are as follows:

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  • Sesame oil- This is the traditional oil employed. Ayurvedic texts recommend adding actual herbs to the mixture to impart their beneficial effects as well but on its own sesame oil is fine. Sesame oil is said to clear out toxins and unhealthy bacteria, as well as strengthening the tissues of the mouth and your gums.
  • Coconut oil – Said to reduce plaque and to help in the prevention of gingivitis, Coconut oil is also good for inflammation according to some research. Many claim that it also whitens teeth but at current there is no scientific research in place to support this claim. You will have to be the judge yourself. In any case, it can also combat bad breath and it is one of the tastier oils on the list. It’s also rich in vitamin E, an antioxidant.


“Our goal in this article is not to discount anyone’s beliefs.”


  • Sunflower oil – Said to prevent bleeding gums and to strengthen teeth, Sunflower oil is a popular alternative to Sesame.
  • Olive oil – Olive oil is believed by some to have antiviral properties. While this is unsupported, it does have a number of healthy fats that are good for your body so it is worth consideration if you are experimenting with oil pulling.
  • Cod liver oilThought by some to ‘re-mineralize’ teeth, there have been claims that before and after x-rays of cavities when employing this method have shown actual shrinkage, as if the tooth was repairing itself. Until further research can verify this, who can say? We thought it should be added to the list so that you can look into it on your own and make your own decisions. It is certainly not as tasty as coconut oil, unfortunately. Do a Google search on the phrase ‘cod liver oil teeth before and after’ to see what’s floating around out there if the claims regarding this oil have piqued your curiosity.
  • Cedar nut oil – Cedar nut oil is employed by some for whitening teeth.
  • Avocado oil – Avocado oil is said to tighten up the skin, increase the health of your hair, and to clear up the sinuses. Holy guacamole!
  • Walnut oil – Walnut oil is said to be good for gum issues.
  • Safflower oil – Said to produce strong gums and whiter teeth, safflower is a popular choice among oil pulling practitioners. It also clears up the sinuses and many believe that it increases energy and helps to remove blemishes from the skin.
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So, does oil pulling actually work?

When it comes to oil pulling, aside from the before and after accounts that we’ve mentioned, what other research is available? Unfortunately at this time there is very little to suggest that oil pulling is as beneficial as your currently available, over-the-counter varieties of tooth whiteners, mouthwashes, and other dental products. The American Dental Association classifieds it as unrecompensed ‘unconventional dentistry’. That said, there is a bit of a divide. Researchers hailing from Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine concluded that it was at least as beneficial as chlorhexidine, a germicidal mouthwash that has been in use for some time.

So it won’t cure cavities?

Probably not. It is a technique from a very old medical system, though medical techniques evolve. Think of practices such as trepanning, bloodletting, and even ear candles(a candle in your ear to remove wax… hmm, that doesn’t sound counterproductive). That said, our goal in this article is not to discount anyone’s beliefs. We have presented the claims, as well as the oils employed by current practitioners so that you can try it on your own if you feel that it might be efficacious for you. We just wanted to include information in regards to current research as well so that you have the knowledge to make an informed decision as to whether or not this practice is right for you. Does oil pulling really work? You be the judge.