Trend Alert – Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a traditional remedy which is in practice for many years where oil is swished around held in the mouth. Oil pulling involves sipping and sucking or pulling between teeth on tablespoon of oil in the oral cavity such as coconut oil in the oral cavity such as coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil for about 15 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out. Those who often practice this remedy believes that it acts as a great at home for maintaining adequate oral hygiene. It is accepted by many users to be safe, affordable and have no side effects. Furthermore, users who practice oil pulling believe that it contributes to a variety of medical benefits, such as improvement in medical health. These benefits include teeth that appear whiter and healthier alongside an increase in the health of the jaws and gums as well as reduced risk for tooth decay, bleeding gums, dry throat and cracked lips.
Does it work?
The claims made for the benefit of oil pulling are increasing. Daily practice of oil pulling has revealed a significant decrease in gingivitis, plaque bacteria and microorganism contained in the dental plaque of the individuals with plaque induced gingivitis. Although the literature on oil pulling has increased in western countries but still there is a confusion among Eugene Dentist about the patients who have adopted this remedy. The procedure involves swishing approximately one tablespoon of oil around in your mouth. As the oil hits your teeth and gums, microbes are picked up as though they are being drawn to a powerful magnet. Bacteria hiding under crevices in the gums and in pores and tubules within the teeth are sucked out of their hiding places and held firmly in the solution. The longer you push and pull the oil through your mouth, the more microbes are pulled free. Oil pulling however being a natural and holistic approach has been said to remove plaque in the oral cavity without the side effects of staining that chlorhexidine rinses alone may cause. Removal of microbes using the oil pulling method can potentially reduce malodor in the oral cavity without any adverse side effect.
Should I Try?
Your mouth is basically a gateway to your overall health. Oil pulling is just one of a couple of ways to clean your mouth so that your body can focus on healing other stuff and feel better. While you can get the same bacteria fighting benefits with sesame or sunflower oil, coconut oil has the added benefit of an acid which is well-known for its anti-microbial agents. A recent study has found that coconut oil may help prevent tooth decay. Twenty minutes of swishing is a long time and while the longer you pull, the more bacteria you will remove. Don’t work too hard. A gentle swishing, pushing and sucking the oil through the teeth is all that required. If you find it hard and you have too much oil in your mouth, don’t swallow, just spit it out and try again with a smaller amount of oil. Remember don’t spit it down the sink, as the oil could clog your pipe. Just discard the used oil into the trash can.