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Posted on 3/20/2019 by Office - Boone DMD
|Oil pulling may be one of the hottest oral health trends right now, but it is by no means new. It is associated with Ayurveda – India's traditional medicine system.
It is an ancient practice that requires swishing oil in the mouth to promote oral hygiene by removing bacteria. Today, more people are adopting this habit, and there are many ways that your oral health could benefit.
Kills Harmful Oral BacteriaDid you know that there are hundreds of different bacteria types living in your mouth right now? Certain types can cause oral health problems like gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. However, oil pulling can greatly reduce the number of these harmful bacteria in your mouth.
A recent study examined 20 children who were divided into two groups – one group used a standard mouthwash, while the second group engaged in oil pulling with sesame oil. After a week, both groups saw a significantly reduced number of harmful bacteria found in both the plaque and saliva. Studies that examined oil pulling with coconut oil found similar results.
Teeth WhiteningOil pulling offers benefits when it comes to whitening your teeth. The oil contains natural antiviral and antibiotic properties that will both clean and brighten the teeth, keeping them a beautiful, pearly white.
Fight Bad BreathWhile there are many causes of bad breath, some of the most common include poor oral hygiene, gum disease, and infection. Removal of the bacteria via oil pulling can help with the problem and can leave you with fresher breath.
Improve Gum HealthBacteria are a major cause of gingivitis, which leads to inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Oil pulling may be an effective remedy, decreasing the harmful bacteria that could contribute to gum disease.
If you want to improve your oral health, give oil pulling a try. Call our office for more information.