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Is Oil Pulling Therapy Effective for Dental Health? Category: Dental by - October 22, 2013 | Views: 6706 | Likes: 1 | Comment: 0  

Oil Pull Therapy

What is Oil Pull Therapy

The ancient indians used a technique called oil pulling. This technique involves swishing various oils in the mouth to treat oral disease as well as systemic disease. These diseases include diabetes, sinus infection, and even asthma. Oil pulling therapy has become quite popular of late but unfortunately there is little scientific evidence backing any of the claims above. However, there have been limited studies showing reductions in dental plaque, bad breath, and even gingivitis.

How Does Oil Pulling Therapy Work?

Oil pulling therapy begins with a tablespoon of oil. The most recommended oils include sesame oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil. These oils are believed to have antibacterial properties to help maintain dental health. The process of oil pulling includes rinsing with the oil slowly to cover all surfaces of your mouth including your teeth and oral tissues. The swishing should last anywhere from 5 minutes all the way to 20 minutes. It is believed that the oil is pulling toxins from the oral tissues as it flows through your mouth. The oil will become thinner and change colors. Initially it is yellowish in color but as the oil works it will become much lighter as it thins out. When finished you should rinse with water to remove any excess oils from the mouth.

Some tips for oil pulling therapy include:

  • Use before breakfast for healing. To speed up healing, it can be repeated 3x per day.
  • Use before bedtime for dry mouth issues.

Oil Pulling Therapy Uses In Dentistry

Some of the uses of oil therapy in dentistry include:

  • Tooth Decay.
  • Gingivitis.
  • Bad Breath.
  • Stained Teeth.
  • Xerostomia (Dry Mouth).
  • Dry Throat.
  • -Chapped, Sore Lips.
  • Infections of the Sinus Cavity

Are There Any Side Effects?

Oil Pulling therapy is completely harmless with no known side effects. The main issue many report is initially gagging when performing oil pulling therapy. After a few uses this generally goes away. 

Oil Pulling Therapy Conclusion

There is little to no hard scientific evidence that oil pulling therapy works. There is quite a lot of anecdotal evidence so it is worth a try if you are interested. The initial gagging feelings when using the oil generally pass and it becomes much easier to complete. It is a good option to try as an adjunct when other therapies are not working effectively.

About the Author

Dr. Marielaina Perrone is a cosmetic dentist. Her advanced professional training and extensive dentistry experience translate into greater confidence and convenience for your entire family. Learn more at Henderson Cosmetic Dentist

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