Does oil pulling help with gum diseases?

Oil pulling as we know it today has been around for thousands of years and comes from the Indian Medicinal System of Ayurveda. The concept was used to pull out toxins from the oral tissues. Now, this may make you skeptical but keep reading to know more.

Several researchers in recent times have conducted thorough research on oil pulling and its effect on oral health. Oil pulling can be done with coconut oil, sesame oil, palm oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. 

Essentially you have to take a tablespoon of any of these oils and swish it around the mouth for 5-10 mins. Once done, you have to spit the oil, and that’s it. Oil pulling can be done every single day. Some studies have shown promising results when it comes to oil pulling. Some studies have shown that practicing oil pulling regularly can slow the growth as well as eliminate disease-causing bacteria and reduce the incidence of bad breath. A decrease in bacterial load will ultimately contribute to better oral health and a reduction of gum diseases and dental cavities. 

Although some studies have supported and backed oil pulling, the American Dental Association still does not recommend it officially. They cite the reason as a lack of sufficiently backed-up scientific research. The scope of oil pulling is vast; however, more studies need to be conducted to conclusively have proof with regard to the effectiveness of oil pulling. As of now, the sure shot way to good oral health is practicing regular oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and rinsing as well as scheduling regular dental cleaning appointments. 

If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants. Our team of excellent dental professionals is here to assist you and your family with impeccable oral and overall health.

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