How to do an oil pull

To try oil pulling with coconut oil, place a tablespoon of coconut oil in the mouth. Anyone who does not like the taste might try sesame oil or olive oil.

Benefits, how to, and risks of oil pulling with coconut oil

Sitting upright or standing, swish the oil around the mouth for 15–20 minutes. If keeping the oil inside the mouth is difficult, start with 5 or 10 minutes and slowly increase the duration. It is essential to keep swishing and breathe through the nose.

Once done, spit the oil into the garbage — spitting it into the sink or toilet can lead to clogging. Do not swallow the oil.

Most guides suggest brushing the teeth immediately afterward. Others say that it is better to wait a bit to promote the retention of good bacteria and the rebalancing of the oral microbiome.

In any case, use a different toothbrush after oil pulling to the one used for daily teeth cleaning.