Oil Pulling – One Dentist Responds

The term “oil-pulling” has become such a popular thing – but what do some dentist’s think?  We went online and found an article that one dentist wrote concerning her point of view. Please note that we encourage everyone who has some questions to come in and speak with us, or their normal dentist.  As always you should consult a licensed dentist regarding your questions.

The practice itself is “pulling” or swishing oil through the teeth for an amount of time. This is supposed to go between the teeth and pick-up the bacteria that is between and around the teeth.  This does not replace the action of flossing, brushing, or using mouth wash.

“For the record, a regular oil-pulling routine should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care. Oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay, and it’s important that patients are made fully aware of that. That being said, I do believe that it is a great supplemental therapy. The phrase “oil pulling” comes from the process of the oil being “worked” in the mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it through the teeth. This type of oral therapy isn’t new at all; it has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine dating back 3,000 years.” By Jessica T. Emery, DMD  Her article is found HERE