July 29, 2016
You may have heard people talking about oil pulling over the past year or so. What is this seemingly new phenomenon? And should you be oil pulling? What’s the point of it, and how do you oil pull, anyway? Dr. James Block, your dentist in Fremont, explains more about oil pulling.
What “Oil Pulling” Means
It’s not dragging oil from place to place — oil pulling is actually something people have been doing to promote better oral health for thousands of years. It’s a way to detoxify your mouth of biofilm, or the sticky layer of bacteria that forms on the surface of teeth and causes gum disease and tooth decay.
To use oil pulling to clean your teeth and gums, you take approximately one tablespoon of oil and swish it around in your mouth. Most people find that coconut oil is the most palatable choice, but vegetable or any other type of oil can work, too. Keep the oil in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse.
How Oil Pulling Works
How does oil pulling work? It’s simple. The bacteria in your mouth is covered by a fat membrane that is attracted to oil. So as you swish, the plaque and biofilm covering your teeth and surrounding your gums attaches to the oil molecules. When you spit and rinse, the particles go away, too.
What Are the Benefits of Oil Pulling?
There are numerous advantages to oil pulling. That’s why people have been doing it for so long. By ridding your mouth of the bacteria and biofilm that cause decay and infection, you’re encouraging better dental hygiene and keeping your teeth and gums healthier for continued oral health.
Some of the benefits of oil pulling include…
- Fresher breath
- Whiter teeth
- Cleaner teeth and gums
- Reduced inflammation and better healing
How Often Should I Be Oil Pulling?
You can do oil pulling as often as you want — daily, every other day, or a few times a week. For optimal dental health, aim to oil pull every other day. After a while, you will notice fresher breath, cleaner teeth, and a healthier smile.
Combine Oil Pulling With Good Hygiene
Combine oil pulling with other excellent dental hygiene habits, like brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your family dentist in Fremont every six months. It’s an unbeatable combination for a lifetime of healthy smiles. When was your last visit to the dentist? Contact our office to schedule an appointment for you or someone you love today!
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