Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is sweeping the ‘net. There’s been a load of things attributed to this practice; the dental health claims range from better breath, to whiter teeth, to a drop in gum irritation. The older a treatment is the better it must be is not always true.

In fact, if it sounds too good to be true it just might be.

What is “oil pulling”?

Oil pulling is derived from Ayurveda, incorporated in Atharva Veda, the last of the four Vedas. It is a holistic natural philosophically with focus on diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

The recommended treatment is that you swish with oil for five to ten minutes then spit it out. If it sounds like a mouth rinse, don’t be surprised. The actions of oil pulling are the same.

What does “oil pulling” do?

In the past few months the scientific consensus appears to be “not much”. The mechanics of oil pulling are like mouth rise but lack the fluoride and  hygienic additives. Furthermore there is a risk linked to inhaling even microscopic amounts of oil over an extended period.

If one lacks any sort of modern oral care then the swishing movement removes a notable amount of food particulate. However, this does not mimic the quantity of particulate removal found in brushing and flossing.

Will it whiten my teeth?

This is a resounding no. Oil pulling has no impact on the enamel, the dentin, or the refraction of light. This at-home treatment is a real myth.