Is Oil Pulling Good for You? Why Try This Natural Dental Care Technique?

image of coconut oil used for oil pulling

All-natural dental practices, like oil pulling, are all the rage right now. 

You might be wondering, though, just how safe and effective these dental homecare techniques really are. 

Is oil pulling good for you? Does it play a helpful role in biological dentistry? 

Read on to find out what your West Kelowna dentist has to say on the matter. 

What Is Oil Pulling and How Is It Done?    

If you’ve been looking for the most natural way to maintain your dental health, no doubt you’ve come across the concept of oil pulling. What is this practice and how is it done?

Oil pulling is a fairly simple practice – it just takes some time and getting used to. 

Basically, you swish oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes at least once a day. Then, you spit it out and brush your teeth normally. 

Here are some recommendations to ensure you get the benefits from this practice. 

  • Use coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil 
  • Place one tablespoon of the oil in your mouth
  • You might have to chew the coconut oil at first to help it melt
  • Swish for 15-20 minutes, making sure not to clench your teeth while doing so as this can lead to facial muscle and jaw tension. Gentle swishing is sufficient.
  • If you can’t go the full 20 minutes, start with five and work your way up.
  • Don’t swallow the oil.
  • Spit the oil out into the trash can. Spitting it into the sink will eventually lead to clogged drains.
  • Brush and floss as per usual. 

Is Oil Pulling Good for You? Why This Natural Technique Is a Good Complement to Biological Dentistry

Now that you know how to go through the oil pulling process, you might still be wondering: Is oil pulling good for you? 

Actually, it is, and it has been shown to be a wonderful complement to biological dentistry. 

Oil pulling has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to keep a person’s dentition healthy. The concept is that the oil captures excessive oral bacteria, which is expelled when you spit the oil out.

Oral bacteria can cause many dental problems. It’s the culprit behind dental decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to oral infections and extractions.

A study reported on Healthline found that regular oil pulling can significantly reduce the overall number of oral bacteria over time. Fewer bacteria means fewer dental issues! In addition to reducing the risk of decay and infections, fewer bacteria means you have less chance of bad breath, too. Gingival inflammation is also likely to go down when there are fewer bacteria in the mouth. 

Does it really matter which oil you use? It does. Studies have found that coconut oil is highly absorbable, meaning using it will help you get rid of even more bacteria. 

Oil Pulling Benefits Do Not Replace Seeing Your Biological Dentist in Kelowna Regularly

The benefits of oil pulling don’t exceed those you’ll get from seeing West Kelowna dentist, Dr. Shauna Palmer, on a regular basis. 

Natural homecare treatments and dental visits should never be viewed as one-or-the-other. Rather, all-natural homecare practices should be viewed as a nice complement to biological dentistry. 

Home care is important, to be sure. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to clean your teeth as thoroughly on your own as can be done by a dental hygienist

If there are any issues, like dental decay or a soft tissue condition, your West Kelowna dentist can catch the problem early. Then, taking a biologic dental approach, they can treat the condition before it spirals into a major problem. 

In between visits to your dentist, by all means, incorporate healthful, natural homecare techniques like oil pulling to do your part to keep your dentition in great shape. 

Would you like to learn more about an all-natural, biological dental approach? Contact my team today to schedule a consultation. I look forward to answering your questions!