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What is Oil Pulling? Know Its Amazing Benefits and The Right Way To Do It.

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What is Oil Pulling? Know Its Amazing Benefits and The Right Way To Do It.

To keep your mouth healthy, you brush. Or clean the teeth with a tooth-cleaning thread. Can you imagine what else you can do that can help keep your mouth healthy? Yes, you can do oil pulling to keep your mouth healthy.

I have been doing oil pulling since a very young age. I have benefited a lot from this. I have been doing oil pulling for over 20 years. Maybe that's why I haven't had any dental problems yet. Nor have I had a problem like chapped lips.

So let's learn how to do the pulling. Learn about its many benefits and which oil is good for oil pulling.

Table Of Content

  • What Is Oil Pulling?
  • How To Do Oil Pulling?
  • Benefits of Oil Pulling
  • Disadvantages of oil pulling
  • Conclusion
Amazing Benefit of Oil pulling

Amazing Benefit of Oil pulling

What is Oil pulling?

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian technique. It is used to get rid of tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and chapped lips. In Ayurveda, it is known as "Kavala Graha" or "Kavala Gandoosha''. It is mentioned in the Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita.. for oral hygiene and maintenance. There is another type of masculine oil which is known as 'Gandoosha'. It is also used in Ayurveda for cleaning the mouth. In Gandoosha one has to fill his mouth completely with oil and, after some time, spit it out. The only difference between this and the Kavala Graha method is that.. in Kavla Graha the mouth is not completely filled with oil. Here there is a place to move in the mouth before spitting the oil from the mouth. Sesame oil is generally used for oil pulling. Other edible oils, such as coconut and sunflower oil, can also be used.

How To Do Oil Pulling?

Special instructions have been given in Ayurveda to do oil pulling. This method is as follows-


One tablespoon sesame oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil


  1. For best results, wake up early in the morning and sit comfortably on an empty stomach and raise your chin.
  2. Now take a tablespoon of sesame oil in your mouth.
  3. Keep stirring the oil around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. When the oil becomes thin and milky white, then spit it out.
  5. Be careful not to let the oil enter the mouth. Because it contains bacteria and toxins which are harmful for you.
  6. Now brush your teeth and rinse them thoroughly.
  7. You can do this process thrice a day.

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Many benefits of oil pulling have been reported in Ayurveda. They have also been accepted by modern medical science. Mainly, Oil pulling is used to prevent and treat diseases of the mouth and teeth. It is believed that oil pulling is useful in the treatment of more than 30 diseases. Due to the more common side effects of modern oral hygiene products and medicines.. oil pulling is becoming more prevalent among the people. The benefits of oil pulling are mentioned below:

1. Oil Pulling Benefits for Better Health-

Apart from improving dental health, there are many other benefits of oil pulling. When used regularly, it helps to look youthful again. It enhances intelligence and helps in enhancing taste. It can improve weak eyesight and provide a feeling of freshness and purity. According to Ayurveda, the toxic substances (ama) come out of our bodies during oil pulling. Oil pulling can remove harmful germs and substances that can lead to dental problems.

2. Use of Oil Pulling to Get Rid of Dry Mouth-

According to research, oil pulling helps to moisturise dry mouths. Your mouth gets dry when you are dehydrated or nervous.. or your nose is blocked and you breathe through your mouth.. or you have a condition like diabetes. Its use keeps the moisture in your mouth.

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3. Benefits of Rinsing with Oil on Tooth Decay-

Tooth decay can damage the structure of your teeth, causing pain, tooth loss, and infection. Oil pulling is a good treatment to avoid this problem. This protects the teeth. According to one study, using sesame oil for 40 days reduced bacteria in the mouth by an average of 20%. The study also revealed that sesame oil has antibacterial powers to help fight bacteria such as S. mutans and L. acidophilus. Sesame oil is good for your teeth. The problem of tooth loss was reduced among the people who took part in this study. Other edible oils that have been found to be effective include coconut and sunflower oils.

4. Oil pulling Benefits for Bad Breath-

Bad breath is a common problem. One in every four people suffers from this problem. The bacteria produce toxins and break down food particles, causing a foul odor. Oil pulling can get rid of this smell. One study found it to be as effective as chlorhexidine at reducing bad breath. It destroys bacteria (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythia, and Treponema denticola).

5. Gingivitis Treatment with Oil Pulling-

Gingivitis is a dental problem. There is a problem of gum inflammation and bleeding gums. It is caused by sticky bacteria called plaque. When left untreated, it can lead to gum inflammation and damage to the jaw bone. It can also damage the tissues that help keep your teeth in place. Due to this, the tooth may also crumble. Although research has shown oil pulling to be effective for its treatment. A special study was done on two groups. One group was asked to apply oil pulling and the other group was asked to use chlorhexidine. Chlorhexidine is an antimicrobial mouthwash. The oil-masking group gargled with sesame oil in their mouths for 10 to 15 minutes for 10 days. But the other group brushed their teeth with chlorhexidine toothpaste for 1 minute in the morning. The study found that oil pulling was as effective as chlorhexidine. Oil pulling did not have the same side effects as chlorhexidine, such as tooth discoloration and taste changes associated with chlorhexidine.


Disadvantages of Oil Pulling

As we all know that oil pulling provides us with health benefits. But it also has some side effects. So let's know about the side effects of oil pulling.

  • One of the most dangerous side effects of oil pulling is lipoid pneumonia. Many people inhale the oil inside their mouths, which is full of bacteria and toxins. This contaminated oil enters the lungs, causing lipoid pneumonia. This fact has also been reported by the American Dental Association.

  • The American Dental Association also reports.. that oil pulling can cause abdominal discomfort or diarrhea. When the oil enters the stomach, due to its bacteria entering the stomach, there is a problem of diarrhea.

  • Some users have experienced nausea since oil pulling is done on an empty stomach. If even a small amount of oil gets ingested, which is loaded with bacteria and toxins, Then your stomach gets stirred up, leading to nausea.

  • Many people experience jaw stiffness when they do the oil pulling process for 10 to 15 minutes. When we constantly stir the oil around in our mouth.. our jaw muscles and ligaments get stretched, resulting in pain and stiffness. You also have to take care that the oil does not go inside due to jaw pain. Jaw pain can lead to the habit of grinding teeth and hardening of the jaws.

  • Dr. Amala Guha is an assistant professor of immunology and medicine.. at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She says that people who do not use the correct method of oil pulling can lose the taste in their mouth. Due to the loss of taste in your mouth, you do not feel hungry. Due to this, there is a lack of nutrients in the body and the metabolism is reduced.


Some studies suggest that oil pulling can avoid many problems.. such as bad mouth odour, bleeding gums, dry mouth etc.

But the search is still very limited.

It is also not advisable to focus only on oil pulling except for traditional oral hygiene. If you have any serious dental or gum problems that may appear, then you should consult a dentist.

Yet, as supplemental treatment, including oil pulling in everyday life. It can be a safe, accessible, and natural cure.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Mitali Saikia

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