Home remedies have their place in the world, but with social media, they’ve gained a lot more attention. 

We’re all learning that you can’t believe everything you read on the internet…but some of it is actually useful!

Oil pulling is one of these natural practices that frequently finds its way into the mainstream every so often. But is it fake news or a hidden gem?

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic therapy where you rinse your mouth with oil to remove bacteria and improve saliva production. You can use olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil (the most popular one because of the taste).

A lot of people claim they’ve seen benefits from oil pulling, but what do the experts have to say? Many studies have been done to measure the impact of oil pulling on oral health, and here are some of the conclusions:

  • Study in 2018: Coconut oil is better suited for managing gingivitis than sesame oil.
  • Study in 2017: Oil Pulling has antibacterial activity against cavity-causing bacteria
  • Study in 2023: They found that Chlorhexidine, or prescription mouthwash, was superior to oil pulling in reducing plaque and managing gingivitis

Doesn’t sound quite conclusive, does it? All that can be confirmed for now is that it has not been shown as harmful to your oral health. But there are a few known side effects of oil pulling you should be aware of:

  • Soreness in the jaw: This could be due to the motion of swishing oil in your mouth for long periods.
  • Headaches: Also likely due to the unfamiliar feeling of oil pulling.
  • Sensitive teeth: Your teeth are not accustomed to this action, so it may cause sensitivity.

How To Oil Pull

If you know how to use mouthwash, this activity won’t feel as foreign. But we must warn mouthwash users too since oil feels quite strange in the mouth.

Follow these steps to oil pull effectively:

  1. Grab a tablespoon of your oil of choice (coconut, olive, or sesame) and put it in your mouth before brushing your teeth in the morning.
  2. Swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, until it feels milky and thin.
  3. Spit the oil out. It contains all the bacteria from your mouth, so swallowing it will cause a lot of discomfort in your stomach.
  4. Brush your teeth as normal.

The Verdict

There is no harm in trying some home remedies like oil pulling, as long as you keep to the tried and true: brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist. 

Nothing can replace the effects of these methods, so we recommend always adding remedies to your routine instead of swapping them out for trends, ancient or new.

And before you start oil pulling, make sure to consult a dentist because no one knows oral health better!

Looking to boost your dental health? Schedule your appointment now and we’ll be happy to help you!

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