Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic therapy that has been used for preventive tooth decay, bleeding gums, cracked lips, and halitosis. This practice consists of swishing and pulling a tablespoon of oil between the teeth for 10 to 15 minutes in the morning before eating or brushing teeth. The oil captures bacteria and toxins in the mouth and then is spit out. The best oils to use are sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil. Oil pulling has been used with other therapies for numerous systemic illnesses during the 1990s. A randomized, controlled, triple-blind studies in 2008 and 2009, led by Sharath Asokan at the Meenakshi Ammal Dental College (Chennai, India), demonstrated that oil pulling with sesame oil was as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash in reduing Streptococcus mutans count and plaque-induced gingivitis.
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In good health,
Shana Burns, CN