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Want Squeaky Clean Teeth? This DIY Makes It Easy

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Today’s post concerns the practice of oil pulling. For those who aren’t familiar, oil pulling involves swishing a small amount of oil (commonly coconut oil) around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes at a time to promote oral health. (For a more in-depth explanation, check out the link below!)

Read More: Oil Pulling For A Healthier Mouth

The thing that intrigued me the most about oil pulling was the idea that the manual action of swishing oil could help dissolve gunk trapped between your teeth. It certainly seems to work that way based on my own experience, and while research on oil pulling is still limited, a small-scale study published in the European Journal of Dentistry last year did find that participants who practiced oil pulling showed reduced plaque formation and gingivitis compared to a control group!

If you haven’t tried oil pulling for yourself, I’d encourage you to give it a try! I think you’ll be surprised at just how clean your teeth feel after a session of oil pulling and a good brushing.

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But because I’m me and can never leave well enough alone, I thought I’d take the practice to the next level by incorporating essential oils into the mix. Peppermint essential oil was the obvious choice, because it lends the oil that fresh, minty flavor that we’ve come to associate with oral hygiene.

In addition to its aroma and flavor, peppermint essential oil also has antiseptic properties that can help keep your mouth clean. So just by adding peppermint essential oil, you can bump up the benefits of oil pulling and make it taste great too!

I’ve found that I’m more likely to practice oil pulling regularly if I keep a batch of ready-made coconut oil tablets on hand. Here’s how you can make your own convenient peppermint-flavored coconut oil tablets for oil pulling too!

How To Make Flavored Coconut Oil Tablets For Oil Pulling

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You’ll need:

1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Small silicone mold

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Start by warming your coconut oil to the point that it liquifies completely. To do this, you can microwave it for a few seconds, or place your jar of coconut oil into a pan of simmering water for a minute or two.

oil pulling tablets

Once the coconut oil has melted, add 10 drops of peppermint essential oil and use a wooden spoon or a skewer to combine.

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Next, carefully pour the flavored coconut oil into the cavities of a silicone mold. (The ideal amount of oil to use for oil pulling is around two teaspoons, so look for a silicone mold with fairly small cavities.)

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Carefully move the filled mold to your freezer or fridge until the oil solidifies again, then carefully push each finished tablet out of the mold. Place them in an airtight container and store it in your fridge to ensure they don’t melt on you.

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To use your oil pulling tablets, just pop one of them into your mouth and wait for it to melt, then swish, swish, swish. :-)

Note: After oil pulling, avoid spitting the used oil into your sink drain. Coconut oil can solidify in your pipes and contribute to clog formation, so make sure it goes in the trash instead.

Have you tried oil pulling?

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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    • My comment went off into cyberspace before I finished. lol However, 20 minutes of “swishing” seems really over the top and I doubt that most dentists would recommend this process.

  • I am very surprised that you would promote something that has been debunked by the dental community for years. The fact that a “small scale” European study you quote recommends it is not enough evidence to encourage people to use it. I have both a bachelor of science and a master of science in dental hygiene and have been practicing for over 45 years. Oil pulling has never been proved effective in improving the health of either gum tissue or teeth. The traditional methods of thorough brushing and daily flossing are still the gold standard.

  • I have been oil pulling for a couple of years. I do it when I shower in the morning so I’m not spending any time walking around swishing oil in my mouth. I like using both peppermint and lemon oil in my oil pull tablets for a little variety. My mouth really does feel fresher!

    • Knowing dogs I doubt that they would “swish” for twenty minutes. Dogs gulp things down if they like the flavor or they just spit it out.

  • This would be a great way to not only freshen breath, but to improve brain health. Studies have shown that Extra Virgin Coconut oil helps people with Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of Dementia.

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