What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil Pulling?

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Helpful Information Regarding The Benefits Of Coconut Oil Pulling Including Medical Citations:

During our creation of Mintycoco we have worked with some remarkable medical and scientific professionals plus carried out a huge amount of research. All to ensure that you have the very best coconut oil pulling formula possible.

We know that Mintycoco is the highest quality oil pulling formula - and the most delicioius too. Many of our customers say it tastes just like After Eights! Yet oilpulling with Mintycoco does far more than just whiten your teeth.

This particular article is all about the science:

We know that in the average mouth there are 8 billion bacteria and 700 different species of microbes. [1]

Toxins in the mouth and plaque on the teeth directly contribute to ill health throughout your body - as well as bad breath, bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, cavities and tooth pain.

coconut oil pulling benefits oral hygiene and alleviates fungi and oral thrush
Human colonisation - Say cheese: oral thrush. CDC


Oil Pulling when used alongside modern oral care routines can give a brighter, whiter, beautiful smile. It envelopes the bad bacteria and fungus in your mouth in the coconut oil, allowing you to spit out these toxins so they can't continue to constantly invade your blood stream.

In addition, oil pulling is a gentle, non-aggressive way to remove debris from your mouth so does not cause gums to bleed, avoids opening entrances to the bloodstream and the rest of the body to those damaging bacteria.

Mintycoco’s unique formulation is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. All while being completely natural.

We source from organic farmers in Sri Lanka and give back to a children's charity in Sri Lanka with every sachet sold, enabling girls and boys to escape from extreme poverty through loving care and education. 

Mintycoco is NICNAS accredited and conforms to TGA requirements for health and beauty products.

Mintycoco is Doctor and Dentist approved; our Advisory Panel includes renowned Biochemist Jonathan Bechtel who, together with our expert formulators, ensures every drop of Mintycoco does the very best for your body and tastes the most delicious of any oil pulling product

Mintycoco works with dental health professionals to provide coconut oil pulling oral health solutions to clients and patients.

Two recent instances of mouth bacteria causing severe internal infections are reported in the British Medical Journal [2] and also in IFLS [3]

The first instance is probably one of the most well known cases of infection from Streptococcus gordonii bacteria and concerns a woman with a prosthetic knee.

A 65-year-old woman with osteoarthritis, who underwent knee replacement 5 years prior, developed sudden onset knee pain and swelling. She had voluntarily started a vigorous dental floss routine prior to the onset of symptoms.

How could Streptococcus gordonii, a bacterium usually found in the mouth, suddenly cause severe infection in the woman's prosthetic knee after five years with no problems?

After she arrived at the emergency room with pain and swelling around her knee replacement, Doctors eventually identified that her tooth flossing was the culprit due to high levels of bacteria in her mouth.

Her doctors said in their report that it is likely that her vigorous flossing and bleeding gums introduced the bacteria into her bloodstream through tiny cuts in the gums. The bacteria then made their way through the blood stream and settled onto her knee replacement. You can see their report in the BMJ Case Reports.

It was easy for the bacteria to attack the prosthesis, as opposed to elsewhere in the body, because the prosthetic joint had no defence like the rest of the body’s immune system. With an inability to fend off potentially problematic microbes, organisms easily grow on artificial joints. 

To treat the infection, the doctors opened up the woman's knee and washed out as much of the bacteria as they could then prescribed a long-term course of antibiotics. Fortunately, the woman was able to keep her original knee replacement.

This is just one case and the majority of people floss without issue. There is no reason to stop flossing and it is increasingly recommended to oil pull, to maintain manageable levels of bacteria in your mouth.

There have been other cases of a knee joint replacement being infected with S. gordonii. A 78-year-old woman had a relatively similar case in Belgium. She too had swelling around her prosthetic knee from S. gordonii bacteria but she also had swelling in her aorta, an artery in the heart. This patient had her knee prosthesis replaced as well as a valve replacement in her heart. You can read the report in BMC Infectious Diseases.

In another instance, Doug Kaye from San Francisco spent most of October 2011 in hospital due to a liver abscess and subsequent complications - all due to mouth infections. 

Doug reports that he was using a WaterPik daily with quite a bit of bleeding from my gums. After five months he became quite ill with an 8cm abscess on his liver. The bacterium was identified as Streptococcus milleri, also typically found in the mouth. Doug's infection spread to the right lung. Thoracic surgery was required to address a pleural effusion. 

What was the cause of Doug's Streptococcus milleri liver infection in the first place?

Once again, this is a bacterium that we all have in our mouths, stomachs and intestines, but it’s toxic in the bloodstream. Doug's team of infectious-disease doctors were extremely inquisitive about his travel, activities, diet and dental history. One doctor in particular kept asking Doug about recent dental work. Back in the spring, his hygienist convinced him to start using a Waterpik in addition to flossing, and he did so every day. But there was one area of his gums that always bled. Every night they bled. And every night that opened a pathway for more Streptococcus milleri to enter Doug's bloodstream.

Doug and his doctors are satisfied that the constant traumatizing of his gums was the ultimate cause of the live abscess.

You can see a detailed account of Doug's mouth infection resulting in thoracic surgery here [4]

Dental hygienist Gail Pierce reports, "Being a Dental Hygienist for 54 years, I have often heard of things like this happening." [4]

Dr. F Karach, a Ukrainian oncologist, helped introduce oil pulling to the mainstream population by announcing to his colleagues at a 1992 conference for oncologists and bacteriologists that he had positively affected his leukemia and arthritis by practicing oil pulling on a daily basis.

Dr Karach conducted many clinical trials, which have been repeated subsequently. There is overwhelming evidence for the benefits of oil pulling.

Additional Information:

Here are a further list of studies which found that oil pulling has a variety of positive effects on oral health:

Oil pulling reduces plaque and gingivitis  Effect of Oil Pulling on Plaque and Gingivitis(full results) and Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study (summary)

Oil pulling can help reduce cavities  Effect of oil-pulling on dental caries causing bacteria

Oil pulling reduces harmful bacteria in the mouth  Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.

Oil pulling may also be a good way to get EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids) into the body subligually (under the tongue) – Detailed discussion of this on

There are studies which show oil pulling has been proven to reduce a variety of bacteria including overall Streptococcus Mutans bacteria in the mouth after just 2 weeks [12], lowering the rate of tooth decay and in some cases slowing or halting cavities.

On top of the various claims for general oil pulling, people who use coconut oil reported clearer skin and a reduction in sinus inflammation. This may be due to a reduction in overall bacteria throughout the sinuses as the mouth, nose and ear are of course connected.

 Many other users have reported an improvement in diseases ranging from gastrointestinal distress and stomach ulcers to acne and joint inflammation.

More Information About Coconut Oil:


A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal  Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]

Healing Wounds

Coconut has been used for wound healing  since time immemorial. Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]   Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]

NSAID Alternative

Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]

Anti-Ulcer Activity

Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.  [vi]


In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”  [vii]


Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.  [viii]

Reducing Swollen Prostate

Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.  [ix] 

Improving Blood Lipids

Coconut oil consistently  improves the LDL:HDL ratio  in the blood of those who consume it. Given this effect, coconut oil can no longer be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’

Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption

Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.  [x]

Bone Health

Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.  [xi]  [Note:  Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]


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Till next time.

Love to you,


Cofounder, Mintycoco

coconut oil pulling benefits include whiter teeth fresh breath removing dangerous bacteria and fungi


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