If you had asked me to try coconut oil-pulling a couple of years ago, I probably would have had some sort of snarky, hippie-hating response, but after giving a coconut oil a try in cooking, as a moisturizer and even a healthy treat for my kitty, I felt ready to give oil-pulling or swishing a try. Though I love the smell of coconut oil, there is something about just putting it in my mouth that I couldn't quite adjust to as my favourite part about toothpaste is that refreshing minty taste. I once bought BACON dental floss and let's just say I never bought it again!
Back in September, local Vancouver company, Kismet Essentials, asked if I would be interested in trying out their 14 Day Coco Rinse Oil Pulling Kit*($29.99 CDN) and while I always have a soft spot for companies in my neighborhood, I also really liked the fact that this rinse had organic peppermint flavour which made the whole rinsing idea much more palatable. Each box comes with 14 packets of Coco Rinse, one for each day for 2 weeks.
Oil pulling or swishing is an Ayurvedic practice where oil is swished in the mouth to pull out toxins, whiten teeth and improve overall oral and systemic health. When it comes to oral health, oil pulling is believed to prevent bacterial growth thereby helping with gingivitis, plaque build-up and bad breath. While I personally did not experience much of a change when it came to the rest of my body, oil pulling is also believed to reduce headaches and keep skin clear and supple. There seem to be mixed beliefs when it comes to the scientific merits of oil pulling with the mechanism of action being relatively unresearched and unsupported. While most agree that oil pulling can't be a bad thing, the consensus is that it should not replace basic brushing and flossing of the teeth and is more of an enhancement to your oral care routine.
I am not the most comfortable with even swishing around mouthwash for 30 seconds so when I saw that Coco Rinse wanted me to do it for...