Oil pulling is an effective way to clean your teeth and gums very thoroughly by swishing a spoonful of oil around your mouth so that it absorbs bacteria and toxins, then spitting it out. It’s an Ayurvedic practice for detoxification that can help you to have clearer skin as well as a cleaner mouth.

Oil pulling is very fashionable at the moment, because of increasingly high expectations for white teeth. As more people start to recognize the long-term risks and ineffectiveness of conventional teeth whitening (with bleach) they are looking for natural strategies. Along with other gentle teeth whitening products such as activated charcoal and turmeric, oil pulling is a relatively low-risk way to gradually and sustainably whiten teeth.

However, it may not be low-risk for everybody.