Over the years, home remedies and alternative treatments have become very popular. One such treatment is oil pulling. With oil pulling, around one tablespoon of oil derived from food is placed in the mouth and used as a rinse, sometimes for as long as 20 minutes. The practice is said to date back many centuries.
Proponents of oil pulling claim that the practice reduces plaque, gingivitis and can lower the risk of cavities. While some people believe that oil pulling with coconut oil can whiten your teeth, there has not been any research that shows oil pulling does anything to whiten your teeth, although it may not do anything to harm them.
However, oil pulling may have some negative side effects. Those may include increased thirst and a decrease in your ability to taste food, muscle stiffness from moving the oil around in your mouth, and dry mouth.
Although oil pulling may seem exotic, the truth is that the best way to keep your teeth and mouth healthy is to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste, floss once a day, eat a healthy, balanced diet, and see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams. If you want to whiten your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about an in-office whitening treatment that is both safe and effective.
If it you have a particular dental need, or if it is just time for your checkup, our dentist, Dr. Linh Nguyen would love to see you. If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area and would like to make an appointment at Best Dentistry call 206-783-3000 today!