Is Oil Pulling Fad Good For Your Smile?

When I first started seeing articles about “oil pulling” a few weeks ago I didn’t have any idea what it was. Supposedly certain celebrities were doing it and swore up and down that it really helped them. But helped with what?

Now I have found out that “oil pulling” is basically swishing oil around in your mouth. Why would someone do this? I guess the idea goes back about 2,500 years and is based on the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda.

Practitioners of Ayurveda feel that oil is nourishing to body tissue. Some people report that the practice makes their breath smell better, prevents tooth decay and treats gum disease, and even makes their teeth look whiter. Some even claim that it improves arthritis and asthma. Hard evidence of the benefits and risks are difficult to find.

The American Dental Association has said it can’t comment on oil pulling because additional research is needed. Problem is — research isn’t being done.

Can swishing oil around in your mouth make your teeth whiter or cure your gum disease? Probably not. Experts note that this technique was developed way before toothbrushes, floss and fluoride toothpastes!

Can oil pulling harm your oral health? Again, probably not and if oil pulling makes people pay more attention to their oral health it probably isn’t a bad thing. If you choose to partake just remember that this does not take the place of brushing and flossing!

Regular dental visits are an important part of keeping your smile white and healthy. Please contact Dr. John Highsmith in Asheville, NC today at 828-627-9282 to schedule your next visit.

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