Posted on 4/20/2019 by Dr. Leary
|You may have been hearing a lot of information about oil pulling. Oil pulling is part of a move in the healthcare industry towards more natural care of your body without the use of drugs.
Oil pulling has been used in Asia for centuries to maintain oral health. If you have questions about oil pulling and whether or not it can benefit your dental health, keep reading. We have some answers for you.
In oil pulling, a natural oil (usually coconut oil) is used like a mouthwash to rinse your mouth. However, in order for oil pulling to be effective, you have to swish it around in your mouth for a longer period of time, usually ½ an hour. However, if you can find the time to do it, oil pulling has been proven through research to have real benefits to your mouth. One of the largest benefits to your mouth is through a reduction in inflammation. If you have inflamed gums due to periodontal disease, oil pulling may help your gums to heal.
Another reason to try oil pulling is to help your mouth get rid of as much bacteria as possible. Oil pulling changes the pH in your mouth, which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow. The less bacteria in your mouth, the less opportunity those bacteria have to cause tooth decay and gum disease. With both a reduction in inflammation as well as a reduction in bacteria, oil pulling can really help improve the overall health of your mouth.
If you have questions about oil pulling, or you want to talk with someone about your dental health, why not give us a call? We would love to talk with you about your overall dental health, and how we can partner with you to make it better.