The idea behind oil pulling is that the oil can remove harmful bacteria and toxins from the mouth and is used as a remedy for receding gums. But what oil works best?
Oil pulling is a traditional practice of using oil to clean and detoxify the mouth. It involves swishing oil around your mouth and in between teeth for 10–20 minutes, in the morning or at night. I explain the steps in my article on oil-pulling benefits. This article covers the best swishing oil options.
Best oil-pulling oils
Make sure to get the right coconut or sesame oil, if you’re looking for the best option…
What you need are cold-pressed varieties where the pure goodness has not been destroyed by heat or chemical treatment. Organic types are a plus too since they are grown without the use of toxic chemicals, as indicated by their ‘organic’ label.
Organic oils such as sunflower oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil are of benefit especially if it is cold pressed, though refined oil also works in “pulling” the bacteria, viruses and protozoa from the oral cavity.NCBI article: Oil pulling for maintaining oral hygiene – A review (2017)
There are also Ayurvedic blends, such as coconut, sesame, sunflower, and peppermint oils, that provide a refreshing taste that you may prefer when starting with oil pulling.
You could practice oil pulling with olive oil. But once again, cold-pressed virgin olive oil is best. Because virgin olive oil is a heavy type of oil this is not my preferred option. But if it is all you have available, give it a go.
Other oils recommended for oil pulling include avocado oil.
Sesame oil pulling for receding gums
Sesame oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to promote oral health. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis.
A review by an Indian dental research centre into oil pulling studies found the following benefits of using sesame (Sesamum sp.) oil…
- A reduction in oral bacteria and the severity of dental cavities (Anand et al. 2008 study of subjects oil pulling with sesame oil for 40 days).
- Lignans in the oil, sesamin, sesamolin and sesaminol offer detoxification, antioxidant and antibiotic properties.
- Works by way of “saponification, emulsification and mechanical cleansing action” for oral health, according to the in vitro study by Asokan et al.
What I like about oil pulling with sesame oil
I find the cold-pressed sesame oil light with a subtle taste. Just one of the reasons the cold-pressed type is the best to use for oil pulling.
It’s easy to swish and penetrate around and between the small dental spaces for the preventive and balancing effects that oil pulling offers.
I started oil pulling with sesame oil every day when I discovered I had gingivitis.
What is gingivitis? It is gum inflammation often caused by bacteria that accumulate on the teeth and around the gum line where normal brushing of teeth can miss.
By oil pulling with sesame oil daily, I saved a dental bill of many thousands of dollars, which I was quoted to deal with receding gums via dentistry. After oil pulling every day for several weeks, my next dentist visit found no concern for gingivitis. How happy was I? The effort was worth every minute.
Oil pulling helped me regain healthy gums. I continue to practice it on a maintenance basis.
Cold-pressed sesame oil differs from the sesame oil we use in cooking, which has a nutty odour and flavour because it’s been toasted.
When buying I always look for amber glass. The dark glass helps preserve the goodness of the product by limiting the denaturing effects of light. Avoiding plastic containers is also a good idea to eliminate the uptake of potential toxins.
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coconut oil pulling for gingival recession
Gingival recession is just another term for receding gums. Coconut oil is one of the most popular oils used in oil pulling to remedy this condition where the gums pull back from the teeth exposing the tooth’s root.
The best pick in coconut pulling
Coconut has antimicrobial properties that can help kill harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Like sesame oil, coconut oil has been shown in studies to fight the growth of harmful oral bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, the main culprit in plaque buildup and tooth caries.
What I like about oil pulling using coconut oil
Coconut oil has a pleasant taste and leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean.
I can easily source organic cold-pressed coconut oil from the local supermarket. It is less expensive than sesame oil.