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February 20, 2015

Ever heard of oil pulling to help keep your teeth &  gums healthy? 

 

Using a plant based oil, (coconut oil is currently popular, and sesame oil is often used), oil pulling involves placing an amount of the oil into your mouth, then swishing it around and dragging it back and forth between your teeth for 10 to 20 minutes daily.   Those who use oil pulling rave about cleaner and whiter teeth, and less gum disease.

 

I always like to check out some background evidence for the many health fads I'm recommended, so here's some evidence about oil pulling, and it stacks up fairly well.

 

A group of 20 adolescent Indian lads with plaque induced gingivitis (gum disease) was selected for this small study, with half of the group given a Chlorhexidine solution as a mouth rinse for 10 days, and the other half given sesame oil for 10 days of oil pulling.   Measurements were taken of  the level of plaque, gingivitis and total count of aerobic microorganisms in the lads' mouth, both before and after th...

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