Does Oil Pulling Really Work?

Book your next appointment
Oil pulling

Like acupuncture and yoga, oil pulling is a health practice that dates back thousands of years. An ancient Ayurvedic practice, it purports to purify the body. One simply swishes oil (coconut is the most popular) around in one’s mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes so that it can “pull” toxins through the mouth and gums. Then you spit the mouthful of harvested toxins and bacteria into the sink or trash and reap the rewards of having been pulled with oil.

What Are the Benefits of Oil Pulling?

The many claimed benefits of oil pulling include: whiter teeth, clearer skin, arthritis relief, migraine relief, improved gum health, improved heart health, relief from dry throat, improved bad breath, relief from cracked lips and gum bleeding. Has any of this been scientifically proven? Well, no. Has it been scientifically disproven? Also, not really. There just haven’t been enough large, well-funded studies conducted on the practice to draw any definitive conclusions.

In 2014, the Journal of Clinical and Dental Research found that oil pulling with sesame oil was able to reduce bad breath as much as using a Chlorhexidine treatment. Bad breath was not completely cured, but oil pulling did have as much success as using mouth wash.

The ADA Stance On Oil Pulling For Dental Health

The American Dental Association (ADA) does not officially recommend oil pulling. They cite a lack of science as the reason for the lack of endorsement. Again, there is a distinction to be made between something being disproven and something being unknown. As far as the science goes, oil pulling’s benefits remain largely unproven, but this does not mean they don’t exist. If more properly conducted and controlled studies were ever conducted, we might know a lot more.

As it is, the ADA declares: “scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries (cavities), whitens teeth, or improves oral health and well-being.”

Risks and Potential Side Effects of Oil Pulling

On its own, oil pulling is generally safe and is unlikely to have any risks or side effects. It is important, however, not to use oil pulling as a substitute for well-proven dental hygiene protocols. Oil pulling is not a replacement for brushing your teeth, flossing, or seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. Just because oil pulling might have been the only game in town for oral health thousands of years ago, doesn’t mean it is now!

Also know that there are no regulations in place to monitor or control the quality of plant oils. Do your research and try to source your oil from a reputable company that takes the purity of its oils seriously.

At Babylon Dental Care, We Care About Your Dental Health

Oil pulling is no replacement for regular dental exams and cleanings. Call us to schedule your cleaning with our friendly and qualified team today.

 

 

 

 

Share This Article :

Related Posts

Leave A Reply

Testimonials

babylon

“I have never been to a dentist office that is sooo welcoming. I am not a fan of going to the dentist at all but when my sister recommended to try them, my thoughts about the dentist completely changed. This dentist office is very professional and do really care about the patient. I was amazed at the follow up phone call, email, and text! I highly recommend this dentist office to anyone and everyone.”

Jill S. from West Babylon

babylon

“Babylon Dental is the best! They are very flexible with their appointments and I am always greeted with a smile. I never have to wait very long once I am in the office and everyone is very professional. A truly great dental practice!”

Lesley E. from West Babylon

babylon

“This whole practice is wonderful!!! EVERYONE!! I used to panic going to the dentist, but this office made me finally do the right thing and take care of my teeth. Never thought I’d like going to the dentist… Thanks to all of the dentists and everyone who works there…”

Diane W. from West Islip

babylon

“I guess I could write this about every visit we’ve had for the past 25 years or so. Every visit we have, we’re treated like family…the good ones. Our options are always explained so we understand them & nothing is ever pushed on us. Thank you to everyone there.”

Robert U. from Lindenhurst

babylon

“I always LOVE my experience at Babylon Dental! Everybody is so kind, from the receptionist at the front to the billing staff on the way out. The dentists are thorough, friendly, and very attentive. The dental assistants are so knowledgeable and warm! This is the ONLY dentist I would ever consider going to. Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing you all again!”

Erin M. from West Babylon

babylon

“This is the kindest, most compassionate office I have ever been to. Every person on staff is polite and courteous; not something you see too often these days. I ‘hated’ going to the dentist so much that I would only go when I had a problem. Since I started using Babylon Dental about 8 years ago, I go 2 to 3 times a year for a cleaning and just to make sure everything’s ok. I recommend this practice to everyone I know!”

Nancie P. from West Babylon

babylon

“Everything went very well. The procedure was almost painless, and since it was my first cavity filling, I was surprised at how easy it was. Everyone was very nice and willing to answer any questions I had.”

Andrew L. from West Islip

babylon

“The staff at Babylon Dental Care are by far the most professional people I’ve encountered. I was greeted with a smile from the minute I walked in and that continued throughout my entire visit. The office from the waiting room to the exam room were immaculate. Everything that was done during my visit was explained to me in detail which helps for someone with a fear of the dentist. The best experience I’ve ever had at a dental office.””

Nickesha J. from Lindenhurst

babylon

“If you have a fear of the dentist, Babylon Dental Care is the place for you. I always have an amazing experience when I visit Babylon Dental Care and I used to be someone who was very afraid of the dentist. I highly recommend this dental practice for all of your dental needs. Fantastic group!”

Robert P. from Freeport

babylon

“Who knew! I have always been afraid of the dentist because of a bad experience 25 years ago. This office renewed my comfort, and gave me the confidence to move forward and take care of dental work that should have been done years ago. The staff doctors and office personnel were so caring and receptive to my fear.”

Loretta P. from Bay Shore

babylon

“I have been a patient of Babylon Dental since Dr. Brown’s Office was originally in TSS shopping Center- perhaps 26 years now? I am always pleased with the high quality, professional care that I receive. I would not go anywhere else! Also, Maritza is a wonderful dental hygienist!”

Peter G. from Bating Hollow

babylon

“As a new patient, I was impressed by each staff member’s level of professionalism, friendliness, and knowledge. Dr. Brown gave me a thorough explanation of what was causing my dental issues, and how they could be fixed. I left feeling confident that I was in really good hands.”

Alexandra H. from Lindenhurst

babylon

“As always, Dr. Brown made my experience most memorable! I look forward to coming, believe it or not.”

Marie D. from Babylon

babylon

“First the reception area was beautifully decorated. Your office runs very smoothly and efficiently, plus the staff are professional, friendly and great at what they do. Best run office I’ve ever seen.”

Michael C. from North Babylon

babylon

“Amazing. I am deathly afraid, and have been hurt by many dentists. But Melody, who did my x-rays and cleaning, was great. I was amazed how much they actually CARED about how I felt and was doing. Dr. Brown who read my x-rays sat and just talked To me not at me for a good 15/20 minutes. Didn't suggest root canals, posts n crowns, yell at me about my missing back teeth. He just talked to me about what is currently going on and his best suggestions to care for it, which didn't include root canals, extraction etc. Therefore I would highly recommend them. And thank you for a really positive experience”

Pat M from Patchogue

babylon

“From the call center ( Jo ) to the front desk ( Jennifer) and of course Dr. Peck , highly recommended. They are professional and truly concerned about the patient's experience”

Boni M from Babylon

babylon

“I am not one to write reviews but I always have such a pleasant experience at this office, so I felt the need to share. The staff is friendly, the wait is short, it's easy to get appointments (especially because of their long hours) and it's super clean. Thank you, Babylon Dental Care!”

Jacqueline C from Sayville

babylon

“Everyone is always nice and sooooo patient. I would highly recommend this office to anyone that has a fear of going to the dentist. They also do wonderful community outreach! Very happy with the work they do!”

Andrea B from West Babylon

babylon

“The staff is so wonderful! Best experience I’ve ever had a dentist office by far. They offer the cutest “comfort bar” with tons of options to make you feel right at home. Not many people can say that they actually enjoyed their time at the dentist, but I 100% can!! Looking forward to coming back for my next cleaning!”

Rachael L from Patchogue