Does oil pulling work? Or is it just a Myth!

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Oil pulling has been on the trend lately. It’s everywhere on the internet. So, I’ve decided to use it myself for a month; daily! Then extend it to, two months and then three; then oh Boy! Does it work? This might be an honest and brutal answer to this question that I have been looking for, and that some of you might also be looking. So, does oil pulling work?

My brutal answer would be ‘NO’ and the honest one is ‘YES’; that depends on what you are using it for. I used it for my plaque and tartar removal. It claims to cure ‘ tooth plaque’; naturally or I’ll rather say that it is one of the best homemade remedies for plaque and tartar removal.

I really don’t know if it’s the best or worst because I’ve used it for nearly three months and the results seem hopeless; although it does helps my cavity!

Let see, what works and what doesn’t work with oil pulling. This is solely based on my experiment with oil pulling for plaque and tartar removal.

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All my close-knit knew that I had the worse teeth on the planet. Ever since I can remember; my teeth are naturally golden in nature, crooked and with time; it got worse, I suffered from bleeding gums!

I went to a dentist, done scaling; took vitamin C, flossing and what not. My dentist told me that I need to take proper care of my oral hygiene. Like as if, I never brush my teeth or something. None the less; I started to brush my teeth twice and thrice a day!

After a few months, I got tired of this routine because it is not working. My gums still bleeding and slowly plaque accumulated on my teeth. I eat healthily and do all the healthiest thing that I could possibly do to really cure my plaque.

Because I have already removed my tooth plaque twice, at a dental clinic; so this time around I want to try something new and hopefully it works.

So, I research all the possible remedies for removing plaque at home and came across oil pilling. I even did try the walnut shell too! Another method believes to remove tooth plaque at home.


So they said, coconut is the best oil to use for oil pulling (1) because it whitens the teeth; reverse cavity and has the property to remove plaque!

However, I agree that it whitens the teeth and helps with cavities but plaque removal is not as trendy as it sounds. I use two methods with oil pulling.


  • Coconut oil is used. Just plain coconut oil
  • Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth for 10-15 minutes
  • Do not swallow. Swish it in your mouth for a while
  • After 10-20 minutes spit it out and brush your teeth as usual
  • Rinse off with warm or cold water


  • Coconut oil along with sesame seeds
  • After swishing with coconut oil for almost 20 minutes; I put a handful of sesame seeds in my mouth and dry brush my teeth (This way the abrasive nature of sesame seeds will remove tartar buildup)
  • Rinse it off with water, several times though!

This method 2 seems a little effective but I used it twice only because it’s so difficult to clean up the teeth; with small particles of sesame stuck all over!!

P.S: I’ve heard sesame oil is way better than coconut oil in pulling.





After using oil pulling for three months; 3-4 times a week and sometimes every day; here’s what works:

TOOTH WHITENING: It does brighten your teeth but not as bright as you could have imagined it. If you are genetically blessed with stain teeth like mine; then yeah, you’ll be happy for a while but not long.

Coconut is composed of 100% fats; polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats and a minor trace of a few minerals. Thus, the tooth whitening impact is not so much.

CAVITIES: This is the one and the only thing that oil pulling is helpful. I was using oil pulling for plaque removal but instead, I end up with this amazing benefit. 

Due to its high fats content, coconut oil reduces the chances of mouth bacteria and prevents cavities. My cavity is healed. The gap is still there though but it is not infectious. It doesn’t spread to another tooth.

Since my intention is to remove plaque build-up; I give very little thought about the positive effect it has on my cavity at the time, but now I’m very grateful for this. If you have cavities; I highly recommend you use it daily for a couple of months.

NO MORE BLEEDING GUMS: Even though plaque and tartar are there but bleeding gums greatly reduce. I must say both swelling and bleeding gums reduce by 80%.


Plaque and tartar removal is not working. Since my main purpose of using oil pulling is for my plaque removal; so I’m disappointed that this is not working at all; despite I use it religiously for 3 months!

At first, I thought if it doesn’t work for a month I’ll quit but then I continue for another 2 months in the hope of giving it a chance.

I was hoping and praying that it will work but it doesn’t. After three months I just got tired and now I’m using the baking soda trend. Let’s see!

My plaque build-up is so bad and I don’t want to do scaling again and over again. I’m on my quest for a permanent solution. However, my tooth problems are genetic. Got it from my parents but I’m trying ways to protect them.


Oil pulling is mostly done at night. Some people do use it in the morning too, and coconut oil is not the only oil use for pulling but sesame oil is also used. I haven’t used sesame oil personally. Maybe I should try this one too for my plaque.

You can use this coconut oil pulling for your cavities and bleeding gums and even for mouth infections because it reduces the mouth bacteria by 50-60%.


YES! You should. Like I said if you are looking for a remedy to heals your cavities and gums; then you should try this but you need to be patient!

Since coconut oil does not have any strong chemicals in it; to brush away all the tooth and gum issues that we are looking; using this for your cavities and gum health might take time.

Mainly made up of unsaturated fats; that would help dissolves mouth bacteria; you need to use it regularly for a couple of months and even more to get the desired result, but you will be glad for sticking with it for such a long time.

It is helpful for long term cavities removal and oral hygiene. I still use it twice to thrice a week as I did see some good for my gums and cavity.


  • Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth. Swish it for about 15-20 minutes until a milky white liquid is formed.
  • Spit it out and brush teeth as usual.
  • Do this on an empty stomach either in the morning or at night before going to bed.


  • CAVITIES- It greatly reduces cavities and helps prevent it by making the mouth saliva alkaline
  • BLEEDING GUMS- Reduces bleeding gums because it neutralized the mouth bacteria
  • It helps in maintaining oral hygiene
  • Cure mouth infectious

Q’s & A’s


Yes to some extent but not if your teeth are genetically yellow/ stain in nature.


We should brush our teeth after oil pulling.


Yes, absolutely. This is the only thing that works great with oil pulling but you need to be patient and use it regularly.


I wouldn’t say it’s effective but it helps. It’s a slow process though. Not a magic heal or anything like that.

Well, my experience with oil pulling is not what I expected it to be but I’m glad I got another benefit from it; rather the one that I wanted so badly to be healed. Have you used oil pulling before? Does oil pull works for you? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Georgette says:

    I’ve always wondered about oil pulling as I’ve seen a lot of it on social media! While you didn’t get the intended results you were looking for, at least it was an inexpensive experiment that offered some benefits! Thanks for the insight 🙂

    1. Yes, Georgette; that’s why I wanted to try it and see for myself.

  2. Ej says:

    Very interesting. I’ve heard about oil pulling before and even tried it for a few days. I have a few small cavities maybe I’ll give it a try and see how it works.

    1. Right, Ej. It works for cavities but takes time!

  3. James says:

    Very informative post. Keep it up!

  4. Heather says:

    That’s great that it healed your cavity. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Amy says:

    I’ve never heard of using oil pulling with sesame seeds. I as well have done it with plain coconut oil and seen a reduction in cavities.

    1. Yup! Amy. It is said that sesame seeds along with coconut oil reduce would remove tartar build-up.

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