Oil Pulling: Week Six

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It’s been six weeks since I’ve started oil pulling each morning. Here’s my experience over a month later of daily 20-minute pulls.

For starters, it’s now firmly part of my morning routine. I don’t notice the flavor, the texture, the saliva… anything, really. The details that might’ve bothered me or that I’d get caught up don’t matter so much any more. It’s just the thing I do to get the day started.

Side effects

This is so hard to determine, and so subjective. I feel I have earned these benefits from oil pulling daily:

  • Improved skin clarity
  • Tighter gum pockets
  • Less plaque/tartar
  • Better breath overall (very little “morning breath”)
  • Less hocking up of mucus
  • Teeth feel more “firmly rooted”
  • Teeth feel stronger and healthier

These are all great things to observe. Now let me speak of the claims I’ve read about oil pulling that I have not personally experienced.

  • I have not noticed reduced acne (still get one or two zits sometimes)
  • My teeth are no whiter OR yellower – the same color as before
  • I still have mental “fog” in the morning (grogginess)
  • Oil pulling has not replaced regular brushing morning and night
  • The imperfections/grooves on the surface of my teeth have not “filled in”
  • It has not/will not replace mouthwash for me


I am ridiculously thankful I discovered oil pulling. Everyone has different body chemistry and should therefore expect “personalized” results from employing this method. It is hard to prove whether the changes I think I’ve experienced are due to oil pulling or not. In my case, I really do feel that the condition of my teeth and skin have improved. And again, I cannot prove this – it is just a feeling I have.

Going along with that sentiment, if it makes you feel better, do it. It cannot hurt to try this and for me, there is no risk involved in keeping this as part of my morning routine. I enjoy what I think has improved, and that is enough. I recommend trying it for yourself. The proof is in the… coconut oil. 🙂

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Just a dude living in Memphis, traveling, and working toward financial independence.

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