"Oil pulling" is a term for the practice of swishing a type of unrefined plant oil (e.g., coconut, sesame, sunflower, olive, palm) around in one's mouth. It is claimed to have such oral hygiene benefits as teeth whitening, strengthening gums, and eliminating plaque. Other medical benefits, such as the purging of toxins from the body, are proposed.
The American Dental Association noted the absence of proper scientific studies demonstrating any beneficial dental- or oral-related effects from oil pulling:
"Overall, as is true for many folk remedies, oil pulling therapy has insufficient peer-reviewed scientific studies to support its use for oral conditions."
To date, scientific studies have not provided the necessary clinical evidence to demonstrate that oil pulling reduces the incidence of dental caries, whitens teeth or improves oral health and well-being. Based on the lack of currently available evidence, oil pulling is not recommended as a supplementary oral hygiene practice, and certainly not as a replacement for standard, time-tested oral health regimens. The first step is visiting us at Marion Dental Group for a cleaning and clinical examination. Give us a call!