Trend Alert: Oil Pulling

Nov 27, 2018 | Oral Health

Trend Alert – Oil Pulling
Claiming to achieve everything from whiter teeth and healthier gums to decreased body aches and pains, oil pulling is the latest trend in DIY detox therapies. Newly popular among celebrities and lovers of natural health and wellness, oil pulling is a dental hygiene practice that actually dates back centuries through the Indian medical tradition Ayurveda. Simply put, oil pulling uses common plant-based oils (coconut is a favorite) in place of store-bought mouthwash. Users swish, or “pull”, one tablespoon of oil in the mouth for 10-20 minutes every day. The volume of oil usually doubles in size due to the collection of saliva and toxins from the mouth during this process. Users are strongly warned to spit out the oil because it contains the microorganisms that pulling aims to extract. Oil is believed to draw toxins out of the mouth by sticking to its outer, fatty layer. Since oral hygiene is linked to health in all parts of the body, it’s believed that the benefits of oil pulling go beyond just your mouth. Oil Pulling

Does oil pulling really work?

The jury is still out on oil pulling. Some dentists favor the practice more than others. Beyond anecdotal evidence and some preliminary studies, there’s no absolute proof that oil pulling does what it claims to do. However, this doesn’t mean it’s all a lie. In fact, coconut oil does contain vitamins and antimicrobials that might make a good addition to many of your personal hygiene routines. Still, for the most desirable results, your best bet is to make an appointment with your Edmonds dentist and receive a full, personalized dental care plan.

Should I try oil pulling?

Taking an active role in your own well-being is certainly important, but nothing replaces the experience and wisdom of a licensed dentist. Edmonds residents are encouraged to make an appointment at Soundview Family Dental for a consultation and to discuss dental care options with our dentist. At-home health regimes can have a very positive effect, so you may want to try oil pulling for yourself. You may or may not get the results you were hoping for, but it likely won’t hurt. For optimum oral health, the recommendation remains to brush your teeth twice daily, floss or clean between the teeth once daily, and visit your dentist twice a year. Be sure you try oil pulling in addition to these recommendations… not in place of them!

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If you suspect you have a real problem with gum disease, bad breath, or other health concerns, do not rely on oil pulling to fix these issues. Contact Soundview Family Dental today for an appointment to discuss all your ideas and desires for a healthier smile. The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Sources: http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/03/how-dental-professionals-can-respond-to-oil-pulling-patients.html http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/oil-pulling http://fashionista.com/2014/03/oil-pulling http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/ada-positions-policies-and-statements/unconventional-dentistry
Eric Kitts, DDS

Eric Kitts, DDS

Owner @ Soundview Family Dental

Born in Seattle and raised in Puyallup, Dr. Eric Kitts received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his DDS from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Kitts began practicing dentistry in 2000, at his office in Richmond Beach. In 2011, Dr. Kitts built a brand-new, state-of-the-art dental facility located in the heart of downtown Edmonds.

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