This Technique is Faster Than Oil-Pulling for Dental Health

Traditional Homemade Olive OilThere has been quite a buzz about oil-pulling lately, but the concept actually dates back more than 3,000 years as a form of Ayurvedic medicinal therapy. It’s a process by which oil is pulled and swished in the mouth for approximately 20 minutes to cleanse the mouth and eliminate bacteria. In Saint Charles, dental patients are reporting that they have adopted this form of alternative therapy in an effort to improve their oral health.

For the record, it is important to understand that oil-pulling should not, and does not, replace routine dental appointments or traditional daily oral care. While there have been many reports of the benefits of oil-pulling, we know that it does not reverse the effects of active tooth decay.

The basis of the concept is that, when swished around the mouth for 20 minutes, the oil will draw harmful microbes out of the teeth and gums. The bacteria are said to become trapped within the oil solution, forming a milky-looking consistency that can be spit out and rinsed with water. Many advocates of the process report that the benefits include whiter teeth, better breath, and healthier gums. Some also report that the procedure can prevent cavities and relieve tooth sensitivity.

It is reasonable to expect these benefits from any process that reduces the bacterial load in the mouth. After all, the mouth is known as the gateway to the body and there are billions of bacteria in the mouth, many of which are harmful unless they are removed daily. The purpose of any daily plaque control regimen is to reduce the levels of the bacteria in the mouth. While oil-pulling may still be an issue of debate among members of the dental and medical communities, we know for sure that bacterial colonies can be reduced by brushing for just 2 minutes and flossing once each day.

For a quick and effective plaque control method with a proven record of success, talk to your dentist about proper brushing and flossing today.