Everyone knows that brushing and flossing followed up with a fluoride mouthwash at least twice a day is part of a good oral hygiene routine. Recently, social media buzz has called a lot of attention to the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. So what is oil pulling, and is it something you should try? At Collins Dental & Aesthetics, we believe in looking at the facts to decide.
People who practice oil pulling typically use about a tablespoon of either coconut oil, sunflower oil, mint oil, or some combination thereof. They swish the oil much as one would swish mouthwash, except this practice is said to require 10-15 minutes of swishing daily for results to be achieved.
Proponents of oil pulling believe that the practice pulls oil soluble bacteria from your teeth and allows you to spit them out, helping prevent toxins from building in your mouth and getting carried off in the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Anecdotal reports have claimed benefits such as whiter teeth, less inflammation of the gums, and even better heart health.
With the proliferation of these claims, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Heart Association began conducting studies to assess the validity of these claims. One study conducted by the ADA found that oil pulling may show some benefit in combatting the gum disease gingivitis, and another found that there was not a significant difference in the effect on the presence of plaque causing bacteria. To date, a controlled double-blind study, the most respected and conclusive standard for medical research has not yet been conducted.
The current position of the American Dental Association is that further research is needed to determine if oil pulling truly renders oral health benefits, and we urge our patients to use a standard mouthwash that is stamped with the ADA seal of approval.
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