What You Should Know About Oil Pulling in Dentistry

You might have heard talk about oil pulling, but do you know what it entails exactly? There is plenty of (unwarranted) hype over this alleged oral health care method right now. But is it healthy for your teeth? Or is this just a gimmick? Let’s take a look. 

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an oral health care technique derived from those who practiced Ayurvedic medicine over three millenniums ago.  It involves the swishing of sunflower, sesame or coconut oil in one’s mouth for about 20 minutes. The oil is then spit out and discarded. The practice has recently re-entered the mainstream in the past half-decade, partially due to the fact that several celebrities have hopped on board to tout its alleged benefits.

Is There Anything Behind It?

A quick online search of oil pulling will bring up plenty of grandiose claims about how the practice can cure gum disease, halitosis, stained teeth, arthritis and eczema. Some even go so far as to claim that oil pulling is a sufficient replacement for brushing, flossing and mouthwash.

But the fact remains that there is no evidence to back up these claims. Oil pulling simply does not come anywhere close to killing the germs that reside in your mouth. Due to the lack of evidence behind its so-called benefits, The American Dental Association stated that “oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health behaviors and modalities.”

There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the claims that oil pulling whitens teeth and can be used as a substitute for daily brushing and flossing. For this reason, the staff at Trailhead Dental dose not recommend its patients to engage in this practice.

What Does Trailhead Dental Think?

We support the ADA’s position on oil pulling and do not recommend our patients to engage in the practice. Oil pulling is nothing more than a health care fad that will soon dissipate. The only foolproof way to eliminate plaque from your teeth is to maintain a healthy oral health care regimen of twice daily brushing and flossing, and by visiting your dentist for your biannual cleaning.

Get the Proper Treatment for Your Teeth

Those who tout the supposed benefits of oil pulling typically do so in an attempt to make a quick buck on an unsuspecting audience. Don’t fall for the hype. There are legitimate ways to whiten your teeth, combat gingivitis and slow tooth decay. These treatment methods are all provided by Trailhead Dental.

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