While the practice of oil pulling is thousands of years old, oil pulling for improving oral health has become a widespread trend in the past few years. It has been claimed that swishing coconut oil for 10-20 minutes every day can help in removing plaque and prevent cavities. However, the lack of substantial studies prevents anyone from knowing for sure whether or not this is true.
Oil pulling originated in India some 300 years ago as a medical practice in Ayurveda. Oil pulling has only recently been studied for oral benefits, but in the past, it was used for many ailments, such as asthma, headache, acne, and diabetes. Oil pulling is believed to prevent cavities and tooth decay, promoting healthy gums.
Many people claim that oil pulling can be combined with other dental care methods such as brushing and flossing in order to serve as a supplement to your dental health plan. However, at Brechon Dental, we recommend that you keep up with a normal brushing and mouthwash routine in order to achieve optimum oral health. You should also regularly visit a dentist to avoid more serious dental problems.