What is Oil Pulling?
The latest trend in DIY detox treatments is oil pulling, which is said to make teeth whiter, gums healthier, and body aches and pains go away. Oil pulling is a way to clean your teeth that has been around for hundreds of years and is now popular among celebs and people who like natural health and wellness. Simply put, oil pulling is a way to clean your mouth that uses oils from plants instead of store-bought mouthwash. Coconut oil is a favorite.
Every day, people swish or “pull” one tablespoon of oil around in their mouths for 10 to 20 minutes. During this process, saliva and toxins from the mouth get mixed into the oil, which generally makes it twice as big. Users are strongly told to spit out the oil because it includes the microorganisms that pulling is supposed to remove. Oil is thought to pull toxins out of the mouth by sticking to the fatty layer on the outside of the toxins. People think that oil pulling has benefits for more than just your mouth because oral health is linked to health in all parts of the body.
Is Oil Pulling for Real?
Oil pulling hasn’t been proven yet. Some doctors are more in favor of it than others. Beyond anecdotal evidence and some basic studies, there is no proof that oil pulling does what it says it does. But that doesn’t mean everything is a lie. In fact, coconut oil does have vitamins and antimicrobials that could be helpful in many of your daily hygiene routines. Still, if you want the best results, you should make an appointment with your dentist and get a full, personalized plan for dental care.
Should I Try Oil Pulling?
Participating in your own health is important, but nothing beats the knowledge and experience of a qualified dentist. Make an appointment at Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre for a consultation and to talk with our dentists about your dental care choices.
At-home health plans can be very helpful, so you might want to give oil pulling a try. You might or might not get what you want, but it probably won’t hurt. The best way to keep your mouth healthy is to brush your teeth twice a day, floss or clean in between your teeth once a day, and see your doctor twice a year. You should try oil pulling in addition to these tips, not instead of them.
If you think you might have gum disease, bad breath, or other health problems, you shouldn’t count on oil pulling to fix them. Contact us right away to set up a time to talk about all of your ideas and goals for a better smile.
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