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“Oil Pulling” is swishing or rinsing your mouth with oil, for example coconut oil, with the “hope” of improving your oral health and even general health. It has been suggested that the practice will improve oral health, whiten teeth, and overall health. Unfortunately there are no scientific studies that prove that it actually works.
The practice is mostly an ancient folk remedy from Southern Asia and India where the holistic approach to being healthy is advocated. Studies have shown that the traditional modalities of oral hygiene, brushing and flossing, are the benchmarks to attain and maintain a healthy smile.
The American Dental Association recommends:
-“Oil pulling therapy has insufficient peer-reviewed scientific studies to support its use for oral conditions”
-“The ADA recommends that patients follow a standard oral hygiene regimen that includes twice-daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, using ADA-Accepted products. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning between teeth help prevent cavities and keep gums healthy.” (See more at: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling)
I recommend following the guidelines set forth by the ADA for oral hygiene. I also recommend that all over the counter products that you purchase should have the ADA Seal of Acceptance because “they have been shown, through laboratory and clinical studies, to help reduce plaque and gingivitis.” Routine dental exams and checkups are highly recommended to maintain a healthy smile and be up to date with the proper oral hygiene instructions.
Call us today at 301-565-4555 to make an appointment in our Silver Spring Maryland office with Dr. Nima Raoufinia to review your oral health and discuss the different options that are available to you.