What was once an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique 5,000 years ago is now a trending topic among millennials. If you haven’t heard of oil pulling yet, allow us to fill you in.

What is it?

Oil pulling involves the swishing around of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes – specifically sesame oil, coconut oil, and sunflower oil. The vitamin constitution and unrefined qualities in these oils are reported to ease gum inflammation and help with bad breath.

It has also been reported to whiten teeth, relieve jaw pain, strengthen teeth and gums, and even relieve headaches.

The only reported adverse effects are upset stomach and diarrhea.

Is this trend all hype? Or is there merit behind its supposed benefits?

In a study conducted with two groups of ten, the group who used oil pulling and the group who used chlorhexidine mouthwash both reported a decrease in plaque and increase in gum health.

However, despite these results along with hundreds of online testimonials, the ADA does not recommend oil pulling as a supplementary oral hygiene practice. They also strongly discourage the replacement of standard oral health behaviors with oil pulling.

Our advice to you.

Speak with your dentist first before trying it. If you do decide to “oil pull,” remember that your current daily oral health routine is your first priority and should NOT be replaced with oil pulling.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask!