October 11, 2022

Oil Pulling and Oral Health

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What is Oil Pulling ?

Oil pulling is an ancient, Indian folk remedy claimed to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath, and greatly improve your oral health. This ancient remedy for gums and oral health is gaining importance and popularity in the wellness world. It is known as gandusha in Ayurvedic medicine. Oil pulling is done by swishing oil (preferably coconut oil) around the mouth for about 10-15 minutes.

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Studies say that oil pulling with coconut oil improves dental hygiene and oral health. But the question is why coconut oil? Coconut oil is better in taste as compared to other oils and moreover the presence of lauric acid, which is antibacterial in nature. Another study suggests that oil pulling could be as effective as chlorhexidine, which is the active ingredient in most mouthwashes out there.

Other Benefits of Oil Pulling:

  1. Reduces bad breath 
  2. Treats conditions like gingivitis (gum disease)
  3. Improves oral health 
  4. Therapeutic to the oral cavity
  5. Natural way to treat oral health
  6. Prevents cavities

How oil pulling works:

  1. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth
  2. Swish it in your mouth for 10-15 minutes 
  3. Spit out and brush your teeth after

Other oils which could be used as a replacement of coconut oil:

  1. Sesame oil
  2. Olive oil
  3. Sunflower oil

Despite all these studies and benefits known, there are no valid scientific studies to show these effectively work or not. Based on the lack of scientific evidence, the American Dental Association (ADA) does not recommend oil pulling as a dental hygiene practice. The ADA has recommended that to maintain good dental health you must continue brushing twice a day along with a flossing routine once a day and eliminate all forms of tobacco. 

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-Written by Sushmita Majumdar

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