But does this practice actually produce legitimate and beneficial results?
As a dental professional for more than three decades, Dr. Greg Rubin of the Calabasas Dental Institute takes a closer look and shares his expert opinion.
He says that using various oils, such as sesame or coconut, as methods for promoting oral health is nothing new. In fact, oil pulling, or gargling treatments that contain an oil, have been around since ancient times and used in traditional and alternative Hindu medicine known as Ayurveda.
Anecdotal evidence shows that oil pulling can relieve conditions such as headaches, migraines, diabetes, asthma, acne and even can whiten teeth.
But Dr. Greg Rubin is skeptical about the treatment’s medicinal viability. He says that until further research is conducted, he believes the benefits of oil pulling is limited to gums and teeth, a claim that is supported by a recent study at the Faculty of Dentistry at Mahidol University in Bangkok.
He says that when a person swishes the oil in their mouth, an emulsion is created between the saliva and the oil, which penetrates the hard to reach places in the mouth where bacteria live and multiply. The oil droplets attract food particles and lock in bacteria that are removed when the person spits. As a result, this practice helps reduce oral bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr. Greg Rubin says oil pulling offers preventative measures as well because the oil droplets leave a thin film on the teeth, acting as a barrier against bacteria and thus reducing the development of cavities.
“I have recommended swishing with an oil to many of my patients for years,” he said. “And while I believe the practice has several oral benefits, more research in the area is needed to validate other health claims.”
The Calabasas Dental Institute is located at 4764 Park Granada #107, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 224-2420.
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