When it comes to caring for your teeth and keeping them white, there are plenty of home remedies that claim to be able to brighten your smile without the need for expensive kits or the assistance of a medical expert. One such technique that has been touted as beneficial for your mouth is called oil pulling.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient folk remedy that originated in Asia that involves putting a tablespoon of edible oil in your mouth. Common oils used include sesame oil, olive oil, sunflower oil or coconut oil. The person swishes the oil around in their mouth for a while, pushing and pulling it through the crevices in their teeth, which is where the name derives from.
After anywhere from a minute to 20 minutes of oil pulling, the individual spits out the oil. There have been claims that oil pulling whitens teeth, improves your dental health and has health benefits for your whole body.
Does It Work?
As you might have guessed, there are currently no reliable scientific studies that verify the claims that oil pulling whitens teeth, prevents cavities or improves oral or overall health. Since there is no scientific-based evidence, it is not a technique that is recommended by the American Dental Association, so look elsewhere when making an oral hygiene plan.
Instead of oil pulling, try some of these trusted techniques:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Eating healthy foods and avoiding excess sugars.
- Drink water instead of juices and sodas.
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
- Avoid using tobacco products.
When it comes down to it, trust you mouth to clinically-proven techniques that have been verified by the American Dental Association. For more tips, or to talk to a dentist about your oral health, reach out to Dr. Brooks’ office today.