Oil pulling may be 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.

However only some people find it an effective teeth whitener (it might help with some stain removal but true whiteness comes from the health of the dentin inside the tooth).

Oil pulling may be a more reliable way for many people to relieve tooth sensitivity and may even help with short term management of infections and abscesses.

However, oil pulling is not safe for everyone and should always be practiced with caution.