Oil Pulling

Posted by Default Admin on 31 January 2016

Oil pulling is one of the latest buzz phrases in what's considered 'healthy' practice right now. But what exactly is it and should you be doing it? Here, we explore the key facts about oil pulling which you should know...

THE HISTORY

Oil pulling isn't actually a new trend. It's an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique. However, in recent years  it has been tried by increasing numbers of people and has become much more of a 'mainstream' practice.

THE TECHNIQUE

Oil pulling is done by swilling a tablespoon of oil around the mouth, usually for around twenty minutes or so. The oil is then spat out and usually the mouth is then rinsed with salt water. The practice is done on an empty stomach. While a variety of oils can be used, coconut oil is currently the most popular because it is known to have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

THE THEORY

Those who practice oil pulling believe that fats contained within the oil attract the micro-organisms which live in the mouth. Spitting out the oil is seen as a way of expelling these organisms from your mouth.

THE TRUTH

Really, there hasn't been enough research for a conclusive view about whether or not oil pulling truly works. There is the risk of an allergic reaction so a patch test should be done beforehand. Other than that risk, oil pulling is unlikely to cause damage. However, this is only the case if your regular oral hygiene routine is not compromised!

Keep brushing and flossing thoroughly twice a day and keep visiting your dentist regularly - it is upkeep of these things that will truly minimise your risk of dental problems.