Oil pulling, the ancient technique to whiten teeth is, as you may well know, becoming increasingly popular.
A good friend of mine, Teri Agins, has sparklingly beautiful teeth, so perfect in fact that one is compelled to ask her what she has done to achieve this coveted goal. “Oil pulling,” she told me as we ate omelettes in a Paris café.
“You never had your teeth professionally, whitened?” I asked her.
“No, it’s all a result of my daily oil pulling.”
That was almost a year ago, and I’ve been planning to try the technique ever since, but never got around to it. That is, until yesterday.
If you click here you can read an article about it, but let me tell you about my fledgling experience.
Coconut oil seems to be the recommended preference. That’s what I’m using because I serendipitously found it in Drea’s kitchen cabinet.
You take one tablespoon of the stuff, put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Let me admit up front that 20 minutes is a very looong time, but I made it a point to do several little chores while swishing so that I wouldn’t think about the time. Another caveat — and I’m a novice — is keep it away from the back of your mouth because when it started to glide back there I thought I was going to retch.
Next step, spit out the oil, but not into the sink; third requirement, rinse mouth with salted water and finally brush teeth normally.
You may recall my dentist told me that he would be happy to whiten my teeth, but that I wouldn’t be happy with the results because I have “Scandinavian” teeth. He explained he meant they are translucent and therefore do not take well to whitening. “You might as well save the 800 Euros,” he said.
I am now in “nothing to lose” mode. Results from the coconut oil are supposed to be evident in two weeks. I shall try my level best to be disciplined about the routine.
You will, as always, be the first to know the results.
Have you ever tried oil pulling?
Ed. Note: Please forgive my absence, I’ve been a tad overwhelmed with my new role as caretaker for a two-year-old while her parents vacation in South America. We’re getting into a nice rhythm/routine so I’m constructing a feasible time management plan. Fortunately Ella goes to “school” four days a week.