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Do you know anyone who swishes and "pulls oil" for oral health?

Asked by pleiades (6571points) March 8th, 2014

This seems like a hot topic around the adult community, have you done it?

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XOIIO's avatar

Sounds like some stupid fad to me, I think only the usual fad nuts will swish olive oil around in their mouth for close to half an hour.

filmfann's avatar

Never heard of it, so it isn’t too popular. I was wondering if this question was NSFW.

Cruiser's avatar

My wife is an Ayurvedic practitioner and got me to try it. I rank it up there with ear candeling. Anytime you deliberately focus on any kind of health regimen….brush teeth, gargle, scrape tongue, etc. you will do a much more thorough job of said task and swishing coconut oil in your mouth is simply one additional task that can help remove and eliminate bacteria in the mouth. No harm no foul for trying and I found it relaxing and refreshing to do it.

Raerae009's avatar

I have a few friends who have tried it, some swear by it and others couldn’t stand it. Personally I’m intrigued, I’ve switched a lot of my store ought beauty products to homemade, but this is a bit weird for me. I actually use safflower and/ or coconut oil on my face regularly, but I’m not sure about swishing it in my mouth for 15 minutes!

anniereborn's avatar

I’ve never heard of this before. I’m gonna have to google it.

ragingloli's avatar

Is that the SFW version of Snowballing?

pleiades's avatar


I’ve read one dental hygienist say it’s the equivalent to putting soap water in a pan of used cook oil with all the grime still in there. It really only takes off about 1/5 layers worth of “gunk” but I’m curious about how it supposedly rids the mouth of gingivitis causing bacterias!

XOIIO's avatar

@pleiades Why, magic of course.

flo's avatar

It sounds suffocating. And I’ve never heard of it.

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