Oil pulling is a relatively new trend in oral hygiene, but it has quickly become a very popular topic. The act of oil pulling has actually been around for 3000 years when it was developed in Ayurvedic medicine for cleaning and detoxifying teeth and gums. It’s very important to note that while oil pulling can have benefits on your oral hygiene, it should never replace your traditional oral care or routine dental visits. (more…)
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You may not know that the practice of oil pulling has been around for thousands of years, since it just recently started to trend again. What is oil pulling, you ask? It’s an ancient tradition that involves swishing oil (generally sesame, coconut, or extra virgin olive) through your mouth to kill bacteria. Swishing the oil for 10-20 minutes every day has been proven to kill bacteria and even help reduce instances of gingivitis. Once the liquid has been pulled for this amount of time, it turns white and should be spit out to avoid reabsorbing the toxins into your mouth. So now the real question: does oil pulling really work?
Studies have shown that people who oil pull regularly have (on average) 20% less bacteria in their mouths than those who don’t practice oil pulling. They also were less susceptible to cavities forming. Because of these statistics, many people who prefer holistic type healing have started to try oil pulling. While it may be effective at helping to kill bacteria and making the mouth a little bit healthier, it should not become a substitute for brushing and flossing. Those who plan to try oil pulling should use it as an addition to an oral healthcare routine and not a substitution.
Oil pulling is also said to have some additional benefits, not just for oral health, but for overall health. Some of these include:
- Migraine relief
- Better breath
- Help with insomnia
- Detox from chemicals and alcohol
- Dry mouth
Not all of these have been officially tested or have documentation to prove that they work, but many people have used oil pulling as a natural remedy and find it to be extremely useful for the above mentioned ailments.
Before starting any kind of oral health routine or regimen, you should talk to your Catonsville dentist. You may not be a good candidate for all types of oral health care routines, depending on where you stand with your health. Pregnant women and those with certain diseases have special oral health care needs that should be addressed before you decide to try something new.
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