Oil pulling, originates from an ancient, folk remedy that has been practiced for centuries in India and southern Asia as a holistic Ayurvedic technique. Its practice has been spoken of a bit more lately and as it is on the trend, it is noteworthy today. We are hearing more about it especially, from naturalist and those among us who delve into natural remedies.
The practice of oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of an edible oil (e.g., sesame, olive, sunflower, coconut) inside the mouth, and swishing or “pulling” the oil through the teeth and oral cavity for a few minutes. Benefits claimed towards the enhancement of oral health are teeth brightening, reduction of sensitivity and dental bacteria, and improvement of overall health and well-being.
We cannot be assured of this therapy’s effectiveness and safety until further clinical studies are published but we will keep you abreast.
Bet you didn’t know Listerine contains four essential oils-thymol, eucalyptol, methyl salicylate and menthol. These represent an antiplaque and antigingivitis combination. However, unlike oil pulling, these essential oils are present in small amounts in an aqueous solution that is intended to be swished for a mere 30 seconds, 2Xs a day.
If you are currently practicing oil pulling or being tempted by recent media, please be advised, similarly with most all things, there is potential for adversity with case reports of lipoid pneumonia or mineral oil aspiration. In some cases, diarrhea or upset stomach have been reported.
If there is a recognizable benefit in your life with oil pulling we would like for you to share that experience with us at your next visit.
The Practice of Oil Pulling May 14, 2014 American Dental Association Science in the news http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-practice-of-oil-pulling
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