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An ancient folk remedy that is supposed to whiten teeth, freshen breath, and significantly improve oral health is known as oil pulling. Oil pulling was widely practiced when brushing and flossing was not a part of everyday life. Believe it or not, the toothbrush was not invented until the last 1930s.

In recent years, using coconut oil for oil pulling has become popular. In fact, many people swear by this remedy. Oil pulling involves using oil like a mouthwash and swishing it around the mouth. To oil pull, you should put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around for about 15 to 20 minutes. Many people believe this can minimize the amount of harmful bacteria in their mouths.

While oil pulling seems like a good idea, our dentists do not encourage it. The technique of oil pulling may lead to dry mouth, loss in sensation and taste, excessive thirst, muscular stiffness, and even exhaustion. In addition, the American Dental Association does not show any data that proves that this method is superior to traditional mouthwashes.

If you would like to protect your teeth and gums, it’s best to use traditional mouthwash until there is more scientific research on oil pulling. Traditional mouthwash can help you fight against tooth decay and promote healthy teeth and gums.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have further questions about oil pulling or are searching for the best traditional mouthwash, we encourage you to contact our office today at 703-439-1214.