People who use the oil pulling method report how it improves overall oral hygiene, whitens the teeth, and can help with tooth problems and cavities.
For oil pulling, use an oil (coconut oil is very popular for this process) and swish it around the mouth for around 15-20 minutes once a day.
Now let’s look at a few studies on oil pulling…
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Harmful Bacteria in The Mouth
It turns out that there are thousands of good and bad bacteria in your mouth. Some of these bacteria create a biofilm on the teeth known as plaque.
Having a little plaque is okay, but when they take over the neighborhood is when you start to see gingivitis and chronic bad breath.
The way oil pulling works is simple. When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria “get stuck” in it and dissolve in the liquid oil. Basically, you remove a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this.
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis
Gingivitis is caused by inflammation of the gums and happens when the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in the plaque.
Another study compared oil pulling and chlorhexidine in adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis. Both oil pulling and chlorhexidine mouthwash were effective against gingivitis.
Oil Pulling Can Reduce Bad Breath
Halitosis, otherwise known as halitosis, remains in many cases (not all) caused by the odor of chemicals and gases produced by bacteria in the mouth. It makes sense that if you eliminate a few of these bacteria, you decrease bad breath.
In a 3rd research study of 20 teenagers, oil pulling treatment substantially decreased all markers for bad breath and was just as efficient as chlorhexidine mouthwash.
Oil pulling is incredibly simple and reliable.
Directions for oil pulling
1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.
Its that easy. Try oil pulling and see how your oral hygiene is improved.